Fight for $15!

You picked the wrong fight.

Wendy’s plans to install self-ordering kiosks in 1,000 of its stores — about 16 percent of its locations — by the end of the year.

Fast food restaurants have provided millions of entry-level jobs for teenagers and young adults, but this is coming to an end, thanks to minimum wage legislation. When a minimum-wage worker can be replaced by a robot, the value of human labor is essentially reduced to zero.  TN Editor

Looks like Wendy’s found out they don’t need to pay someone $15 an hour to incorrectly enter orders and miscount change.  The kiosks don’t protest outside the store, require health insurance, take sick days or  sexually assault customers. They also don’t do gross things to your food.

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15 Responses to Fight for $15!

  1. C. L. says:

    I just don’t understand why Dems keep doing things that completely kill so many opportunities for young people. When it happened in the first state, every Dem in the country saw the electronic/robotic aftermath, yet they still chose to destroy opportunity for their own young people in their own states. I do not understand.

    Where I live, a couple making 15 bucks an hour each, full time, can have a very decent living plus some fun stuff, too. I’m talking home-owning, 2 almost new cars decent. This is such bullshit. Nobody wants to work their way up or earn what they get anymore, and asshole politicians who pass laws like this just feed that with no thought to the consequences, which go far deeper than just losing a crap job to a kiosk.

    • notamobster says:

      They keep doing these things because they need a system that’s overflowing with disgruntled, mush-minded simpletons who will carry out their proletarian revolution.

      Under free market capitalism, they will never get the army they need. They have to push the system to a tipping point.

      They are doing that now. Think out 5 years into the future when ZERO young people and poor people have jobs.

      Those idle hands will join any movement that promises them purpose. We’re approaching the end game.

  2. Van-a-gram says:

    The core fallacy is endemic of the left: A job as a fast food cashier was never intended to support a family of four. It is an entry-level job that provides supplemental income to teenagers, retirees or others who want or need to make a few extra bucks. It is by design a low paying job because it requires low skill sets. The cash registers all have pictures of the food as keys, and many auto dispense the coin change. I’ve even seen them with pictures of bills ($1.00 bill, $5.00, $10.00 etc). You just “push the picture” of the bill the customer handed you, and it tells you how much to return.
    You know, what a kiosk can do with the most rudimentary software.

    You can train a monkey to push a button with a picture of a big Mac, a coke and fries. Or better yet, just let your customers do it for themselves.

    Best case it be argued as a starting point in a ‘fast food career’. Starting point is the key concept here. You’re not supposed to be there long. You should advance working all the way to store manager, district manager, corporate gig or franchise owner.

    If you are still dropping fires in oil after six months you have demonstrated that you are incapable of doing anything else. Your compensation is commensurate with your skills. And as Wendy’s has discovered, even at half that rate of $7.50, your costs actually exceed your value; the value of your labor has been reduced to zero.

    Congratulations.

  3. DarthJay says:

    I find it offensive that they put an image on Wendy on there. Now these machines will be seen as women and become objectified and mistreated. 😉

    • notamobster says:

      There are currently 39 different genders, through which ze could possibly identify.

      You are guilty of misogyny, white privilege, discrimination, and homophobia.

      Please report yourself to the authorities or we will be forced to take further action against you.

  4. Bman says:

    The next step for Dems to fight this is to make state laws outlaw ordering kiosks. I mean why not? Can’t pump your own gas in Oregon or New Jersey. I’m really surprised more blue states haven’t followed suit to be honest.

  5. roger says:

    president trump won for trying to bring the good paying jobs back and vat tax like other countries use agains us. if you take away the hamburger flippers job you better take away their right to vote because they will vote for someone who will “deal” with windys kiosks and the suits who dream this crap up. rust belt states and coal mine states voted populist not conservative/libertarian. many sanders voters voted for trump over the corporate whore clinton. their vote is flexible.

    • Ben says:

      You do realize those same idiots are the ones who want thier MacDonald’s to cost a dollar right?

      They can’t have it both ways.

      Either they can take a date to Wendy’s for 12 bucks for a “nice” dinner or they can pay the flippers 15 an hour.

      • roger says:

        jack in the box raised prices by 10 cents went minimum wage was raised in and out burger didn’t raise their prices at all because they already paid their workers new minimum wage. unless you take away poor peoples vote you will lose a lot more then your arguments!

    • Pumpkin19 says:

      Riddle me this roger: Should I be concerned that the invention of the modern tractor replaced men in fields with plows? How about the fact that I can make a phone call virtually anywhere in the world without a switchboard operator to direct my call? Technology and innovation drive costs down, increase production and create economies of scale. In fact you should be happy; Wendy’s will probably be able to afford to put a store on every corner in the rust belt with these things 🙂

      • notamobster says:

        What roger fails to recognize (aside from abject reality) is that Jack-in-the-crack and In & Out are franchises with pricing set at each location. As minimum wages were only changed locally, an across the board price-hike would not be a decision for the corporate offices, because the local franchisees own and operate their own facilities.

        When the local McDonald’s went to $11/hr, the first thing they did was jack-up prices, post signs blaming the local govt, and lay off employees.

        Roger is a tool who is incapable of understanding how economies work.

    • MadBrad says:

      It’s called “The Inevitable March of Human Progress” roger.

      Elevator operator/attendants ran into this very same issue starting about 80 years ago.

      Did you hear about those two rich people who Elon Musk is going to fly around the Moon next year? They aren’t sending a crew with them aboard the spacecraft. I guess the retired NASA Astronaut Association needs to have its members turn in their voter registration cards or maybe they should start some protests.

  6. Bman says:

    For $15 an hour, you better have a Bachelors degree from an accredited university, non of this Wossamotta U or Taxidermy Tech crap.

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