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Wendy's Responds to #FightFor15 With, You Guessed it... Robots!
In a move meant to offset higher minimum wages taking effect in states across the country, fast-food giant Wendy's will be offering self-serve kiosks to many of its franchisees later this year.
Though some reports suggested the kiosks would be made available at all Wendy's by the end of 2016, spokesperson Bob Bertini says it will be up to individual franchisees whether or not they install the kiosks.
Below, the statement from Wendy's in full:
The majority of Wendy's restaurants are franchise-operated. We are in pilot now with self-service order kiosks, which we expect to make available for installation by our franchisees later in 2016. Whether they choose to do so will be up to them. Earlier news reports were not quite accurate. We did not say kiosks would be available at every restaurant by end of year. We do continue to invest in technology to help mitigate the inflation we are seeing on the wage front.
To all the unskilled
union-employed professional protestors fast food workers...
Maybe if the #FightFor15 movement was more interested in earning than they were protesting, this wouldn't be an issue. Which brings me to my point. How often do you hear the #FightFor15 movement discuss anything other than the full payment of $15 an hour? How often do you hear these protestors demand more mobility to managerial positions? How often do you hear them protest for performance-based bonuses for hard-working employees? How often do you ever hear them even exalt a work ethic?
Rhetorical, I know. Now, do you know where you inevitably hear all of those things actually discussed in great detail? Any job interview for a position that pays more than minimum wage.
Something else to note, these #FightFor15 protests are not actually organized by fast food workers. They're often organized by BigUnions like the SEIU, and many of them are mere photo-ops used to generate more media coverage and contributions. They aren't actually organized protests at all. How do I know? Because my producer and I signed up for their newsletter and attempted to join the protests.
They never happened. We revealed the hoax at length in our podcast below.