Low wage workers are protesting for higher minimum wage rates, but can’t seem to understand what the consequences of a higher minimum wage really are.
While they’re busy forming picket lines, making cardboard signs, and fantasizing about a cushy $15/hour pay bump, their employers are moving swiftly to find easy ways to automate their jobs and give them the boot.
That’s the thing about low wage work. It’s low wage for a reason, and that reason is that it’s of little value. Practically anybody can do it, and there’s no skill involved. Therefore, there’s an unlimited supply of labor. Despite the fact that low wage employees feel so entitled, they’re really not worth much. And if they get their way, companies will start doing what Wendy’s just did, which is install self-serve kiosks in as many of their stores as possible.
That’s right. Wendy’s fired back at minimum wage whiners with their due and just reward… to have their jobs eliminated.
The Conservative Tribune has more:
Like many other businesses across the country, Wendy’s has been forced to come up with creative ways to offset the cost of minimum wage hikes.
The fast-food chain announced it will introduce self-serve kiosks at 6,000 restaurants across the country as part of the solution to deal with the higher costs of staffing.
Most Wendy’s restaurants are franchise operations, and while it will ultimately be up to each franchise whether to utilize the technology, it only makes financial sense.
Trends indicate company losses and, as a result, there aren’t too many choices. Companies have choices to lay off workers, close stores or implement kiosks to help offset higher expenses.
According to Investor’s Business Daily, Wendy’s President Todd Penegor said that company-owned stores saw price increases of 3.6 percent in the first quarter this year due to wage hikes of 5 to 6 percent.
It would only make sense that the company look into ways to manage those costs, and thanks to modern technology, they don’t have to look far. Self-serve kiosks appear to be the answer.
In addition to self-order kiosks, the company was also reportedly getting ready to move beyond the testing phase with labor-saving mobile ordering and mobile payment available system-wide by the end of the year.
Wendy’s is just one restaurant that has begun implementing self-serve kiosks in locations. McDonald’s, Hardee’s and White Castle have also joined in on the kiosk movement to help keep their companies afloat.
These are not the solutions liberals want to hear. After all, minimum wage hikes were supposed to make life better for workers. However, like most things liberals fight for, minimum wage hikes are unreasonable, costly and detrimental to the cause for which they claim to be fighting.
Most right-thinking Americans know this, but the left refuses to admit it — as usual.
Protestors are probably changing their tune right about now. They thought they could throw a temper tantrum and get their way, but instead they got hammered by reality.
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