Somewhere between necessity as the mother of invention and everything old that is new again, you’ll find the CEO of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s.
CEO Andy Pudzer recently told Business Insider that nationwide demands for raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour have made him look for new solutions to higher labor costs.
Pudzer apparently found his answer at a restaurant called Eatsa, an almost fully automated restaurant where the iPod generation can eat without having to ever see a human being.
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Now Pudzer says he’d like to try the concept at his restaurants.
This isn’t the first time restaurants have tried automating services. First came the timers on the fry machines, then the conveyor belt grill, the drive-through, cash registers with little pictures of food instead of numbers, etc. And we’ve had vending machines since forever.
But this is probably the wave that will kill an entire class of entry-level jobs traditionally held by teenagers, and it’s all thanks to greedy union organizers and a generation of people who are stupid enough to believe that socialism works.
This is the point where conservatives get to serve liberals a big, heaping helping of told-ya-so with cheese and a side of curly fries.
It was clear as crystal from the moment the first socialist said “living wage” that this was going to be the result of unskilled workers demanding a minimum wage hike that the market can’t support. We are living in the 21st century, after all, and we’re rapidly getting to the point where a lot of computers are actually smarter than a lot of people.
So it only follows that when a mass of error-prone people who are not known for their intelligence, skills, ambition or work ethic demand that businesses drive up their overhead costs to accommodate unreasonable pay demands, businesses are going to start looking at less-fallible, less-expensive and probably friendlier robots to do the same jobs.
It’s probably only the initial cost of converting that has held off the fast-food robot revolution for this long.
Now, expect to see more and more automation at fast food places. Pudzer sounds like he wants to go full cyborg, but places like McDonald’s restaurants are also trying out automated kiosks and other gadgets to replace their human labor pool.
So in one spasm of stupidity, America’s lowest class of workers has managed to make fast-food a high-tech industry.
The irony is that every restaurant that invests in automation will now need a host of IT folks to keep things running, and I guarantee their salaries will be coming in way above $15 per hour because they have actual marketable skills.
Socialists always see everything as a struggle between the bourgeoisie and the proletariat, but what it looks like these days is more akin to the brain dead, welfare-collecting Eloi vs. the machine-using Morlocks, and the Morlocks are winning.
Chalk up another victory for the Marxist impulses of the Left.