The #FightFor15 movement is continuing to win ground across the country. Minimum wage hikes are popping up everywhere and at an alarming rate, too. Much in the same fashion as Michael Moore’s cholesterol. Now we’re seeing companies lay off loads of minimum wage workers (see Wendy’s Responds to #FightFor15 With, You Guessed it… Robots!). Surprise! Even a golden retriever could have predicted it. Though to be fair to leftists, those are pretty smart dogs.
Large corporations like McDonalds are rolling out automated kiosks to replace the pimply kid who always gets your order wrong. Are robots the superior worker when it comes to fast food? Possibly. But mass job loss? Not cool. It gets even worse. Turns out small businesses are being forced to close up shop. Not everybody can afford the wage hikes. Or the fancy robot butlers…
“Of course, not all businesses have the capital necessary to shift from full-service to self-service. And that brings me to my next correct prediction–that a $15 minimum wage would force many small businesses to lay off staff, seek less-costly locations, or close altogether.
Tragically, these stories—in California in particular–are too numerous to cite in detail here. They include a bookstore in Roseville, a pub in Fresno, restaurants and bakeries in San Francisco, a coffee shop in Berkeley, grocery stores in Oakland, a grill in Santa Clara, and apparel manufacturers through the state.
In September of this year, nearly one-quarter of restaurant closures in the Bay Area cited labor costs as one of the reasons for shutting down operations. And just this past week, a California-based communications firm announced it was moving 75 call center jobs from San Diego to El Paso, citing the state’s rising minimum as the ‘deciding factor.’”
Look, McDonalds can fill restaurants with McRobots as much as they please. But they’re not doing so to be tech-forward, they’re doing it out of necessity. Large companies are making an investment that will save them money in the long run because the other option is a steaming pile of financial suckness. But the small business owner who can’t afford to faces a different fate. His business evaporates faster than one can squawk “EQUALITY!”
The crap cherry on top is that the little guy suffers. Underground cafes and bookstores were once havens for artisanal nonsense and ironically terrible swill. But even hipsterism couldn’t save them from #FightFor15’s ravaging ways. Turns out skipping work to protest for a “living wage” often leads to living on the street. Now 100 dudes with man buns are out of jobs.
The irony here? #FightFor15 is hollowing out the middle class and economically paralyzing poor kids trying to enter the labor force. You know, the people the left claims to care about most. Oopsie.
On the bright side, these job losses are a net gain for our favorite game, Hipster or Hobo…