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Old May 14th, 2016, 08:26 PM   #1
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Wendy’s to introduce self-service kiosks

When the “Fight for $15” movement was first sweeping the country, none of its proponents had any idea what a higher minimum wage would truly entail. They live in a fantasy world where everyone should be paid a wage based on their needs rather than their skills, and where businesses and entrepreneurs can provide an endless supply of money (they’re just too greedy to do so willingly).
But now their chickens are coming home to roost. Companies that once provided cheap labor for unskilled workers are being forced to cut hours and benefits. Or in the case of Wendy’s, they’re forced to automate some of their services to make up the money they’re expected to lose from a higher minimum wage.
Last August the company’s President, Todd Penegor, revealed that they would be exploring automation in response to wage hikes. “We continue to look at initiatives and how we work to offset any impacts of future wage inflation through technology initiatives, whether that’s customer self-order kiosks, whether that’s automating more in the back of the house in the restaurant.”
Penegor followed up on that statement recently, and announced that Wendy’s will be offering self-serve ordering kiosks to all of their 6000-plus restaurants later this year. Each franchise owner will get to decide if they want the kiosks, hundreds of which exist in states and municipalities that are pushing for a $15 minimum wage.
He explained to Investors Business Daily that Wendy’s company owned stores are facing 5-6% wage inflation due to new laws and the need to provide competitive wages. With a wage hike like that, it’s no surprise that the company needs to cut labor costs wherever it can. Ironically, the fast food workers who are pushing for a higher minimum wage more than anyone else, are going to feel the pinch.


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You and I have been like lonely voices in the wilderness warning people about this for some time.

Well, the time is now.
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Old May 14th, 2016, 08:55 PM   #4
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You and I have been like lonely voices in the wilderness warning people about this for some time.

Well, the time is now.
it is the future.

i think if we were to allow it to happen organically it would be a positive but by forcing it there could be some serious negative repercussions
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This is wonderful! I love seeing the leftards get their just rewards. It warms the very bottom of my heart!!
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If they really had robots working it would be so cool, they could raise their prices because everybody would want to see the toys - then they could hire more people!
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These kiosks and apps are the future for ordering at restaurants. Not just fast food but table service restaurants, as well. Chilis and Olive Garden have the little kiosk machine on the table. It's quick and it's easy. Moreover, it doesn't want to unionize, take breaks, and demand more money.

Subway, Taco Bell, Newt's are all examples of places that I use their apps regularly. I love it. Walk in, someone hands me my meal. No waiting in line, no repeating my order multiple times. I expect to see these coming to drive thrus very soon.
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These kiosks and apps are the future for ordering at restaurants. Not just fast food but table service restaurants, as well. Chilis and Olive Garden have the little kiosk machine on the table. It's quick and it's easy. Moreover, it doesn't want to unionize, take breaks, and demand more money.

Subway, Taco Bell, Newt's are all examples of places that I use their apps regularly. I love it. Walk in, someone hands me my meal. No waiting in line, no repeating my order multiple times. I expect to see these coming to drive thrus very soon.

That's nice. The minimum wage is going up. It already has in several areas of the country. The federal minimum wage will be going up. If a fast food restaraunt decides to experiment with being a vending machine. That will change nothing.

It only means other businesses will take advantage and use the service Wendy's is now failing to deliver. And those businesses will thrive because of it.

There are a lot more minimum wage jobs in the country other than the fast food industry.

Most of them being worked by adults over the age of 21, with single mothers being the largest percentage of them.

Who receive government benefits because of those low wages.

Which means you pay higher taxes to subsidize businesses that pay those low wages.

Never the less, wages are going up, including minimum wages, and businesses like Walmart that have resisted for years are raising wages.

This isn't a short term phenomena either. Wage hikes are now catching up to where they should have been for years. Businesses that thought they could continue to squeeze workers by depressing wages, and eliminating benefits to maximize profits, will prove to be a failed model.

Which was never really a model at all, but wage theft by employer plain and simple.

The United States is not China, or Mexico, and American workers will not be subject to a business model of Chinese or Mexican workforce standards or wages.

While smaller mom and pop shops can only pay any help they use based upon their service. Multi billion dollar corporations, and multi nationals will no longer be able to use mom and pop wage models to steal from their employees, and courts are now making rulings to those ends.

Welcome to the real world.

Don't like the fact that employees are being paid fairly by the businesses that they work for? Don't use those businesses.

I mean, being the principled, low rent, rag bag operation that you are.
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This is wonderful! I love seeing the leftards get their just rewards. It warms the very bottom of my heart!!
Interesting, you have no interest in the over economic health of the nation, nor the working class of this nation. Only that the people you refer to as "leftards get their just rewards."
By that I assume you mean they suffer in some way, emotionally, mentally, politically and/or economically.
And why do you wish this? Why because they disagreed with you on a political/economic issue. perhaps one called you a poo-poo head in the course of a heated conversation.

Like I said, interesting. It's fucking sick shit, but interesting nevertheless.
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These kiosks and apps are the future for ordering at restaurants. Not just fast food but table service restaurants, as well. Chilis and Olive Garden have the little kiosk machine on the table. It's quick and it's easy. Moreover, it doesn't want to unionize, take breaks, and demand more money.

Subway, Taco Bell, Newt's are all examples of places that I use their apps regularly. I love it. Walk in, someone hands me my meal. No waiting in line, no repeating my order multiple times. I expect to see these coming to drive thrus very soon.
You actually EAT that shit?
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