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THANKS #Fightfor15: McDonalds Replacing Minimum Wage Employees with... Robots?!
Can't say we didn't warn you! Wendy’s Responds to #FightFor15 With, You Guessed it… Robots! and $15 Minimum Wage? Carl’s Jr. CEO Will Just Replace You With Computers. Liberals Rage. We said if you push a #FightFor15 and force companies to have to pay fast food workers $15 an hour, you were going to be replaced by a robot. Granted, we were being sarcastic and really meant a computer/kiosk, but a former McDonald's CEO is flat out saying you'll be replaced by an actual robot.
"It’s cheaper to buy a $35,000 (£24,000) robotic arm than it is to hire an employee who’s inefficient making $15 (£10.20) an hour bagging French fries.
"It's nonsense and it’s very destructive and it’s inflationary and it’s going to cause a job loss across this country like you’re not going to believe."
He told FOX: "It’s not just going to be in the fast food business. Franchising is the best business model in the United States.
"It’s dependent on people that have low job skills that have to grow. Well if you can’t get people a reasonable wage, you’re going to get machines to do the work.
"It’s just common sense. It’s going to happen whether you like it or not. And the more you push this it’s going to happen faster."
He's completely right. Businesses are in business to make a profit. Not to give people money. Not to provide healthcare. Not to make you feel warm and fuzzy about yourself. Not to make you feel like an entitled brat who thinks he/she should be earning more. If a business is operating at a loss due to arbitrary wage requirements, instituted by government, which has practically zero knowledge of how business works (government just TAKES money, it doesn't MAKE money), businesses will do what they must to survive.
Here's the part people don't seem to get...
"As middle-skilled roles disappear, workers may find that the 'rung' above them no longer exists, and that the career ladder may begin to look more like a career web. The ultimate implication is that workers cannot now expect to gain seniority by moving 'up', but rather moving sideways by gaining additional complex skills."
I, for one, welcome our robot overlords. They're more likely to get my order straight. With the benefit of being absent strange facial piercings. They'll probably be more polite, too. Win win. Except if you're a pimply teenager. Then it sucks to be you. Thank your fellow protesting ninnymuggins for that.