KaBoom! Unskilled, uneducated liberals demanded $15 minimum wage to just flip burgers? Only the uneducated screaming for more money could not see this one coming.
Supporters of a $15 minimum wage are about to get a heaping helping of reality.
Self-service kiosks will be made available to the more than 6,000 Wendy’s franchises in the United States, the company announced on Thursday. Individual restaurant managers will decide whether to install them as an alternative to having human beings take customers’ orders.
According to Investors Business Daily, which reported the news, Wendy’s executives said the decision was driven by a tight labor market and higher minimum wages in many states.
After all, a computer kiosk doesn’t need to be paid $15 an hour to take orders.
Wendy’s President Todd Penegor told IBD that franchise locations have been raising prices to offset wage hikes and said the company is wary about both wage hikes and a possible recovery in commodity prices and is “working so hard to find efficiencies.”
McDonald’s is also experimenting with self-service kiosks. Wendy’s might also introduce mobile ordering and payment systems next year, according to IBD.
California and Oregon have recently passed bills to hike the minimum wage to $15 an hour and $14.75 an hour, respectively, over the next few years; other states are considering the same. Economists warn that a drastic increase in the minimum wage could cause low-skilled workers in the service sector to be replaced by machines. More