Wendy’s To Replace Workers With Self-Service Kiosks Due To Minimum Wage Increases

Fast-food workers have engaged in the #FightFor15 for quite a while now, but one chain has a different way of ensuring that labor costs remain low without having to raise the cost of a product. Wendy’s plans on installing self-service kiosks at over 6,000 locations to replace cashiers. This is in response to laws mandating higher wages.

This would have happened in time regardless of the minimum wage demand.

  • Jaedo Drax

    The increasing minimum wage just helps it along… the price point at which it made sense a couple years ago to replace a person with a machine to take orders was $14.40/hr give or take.

    What the fight for 15 foot soldiers don’t see is that the one thing machines are good at is doing a job consistently the same way every time. Most of the offerings at the burger joints would probably come out looking better from a machine, and you now only need 1 worker to feed it, instead of 3 people to make the product.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      I won’t use the self checkout machines at Canadian Tire or Superstore.
      I like talking to cashiers.

      • Exile1981

        I’m the same way but i prefer the autotellers at mcdonalds as they don’t get my order wrong like the tellers do more often than not.

        Now the autocashiers at crappy tire and home depot seem to mess up all the time and then you have to wait for someone to come fix them.

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          They are designed to slow you down so you can’t steal.

      • mauser 98

        maybe 2 cashiers at local Cambodia Tire on a Saturday morning
        2 dyslexic teens stocking shelves way the hell over there
        …and thats about it for help at my local CT

  • Jay Currie

    I always enjoy the compare and contrast between higher minimum wage advocates and pro-immigration campaigners; because the former don’t realize the later depress wage levels. But the best part is that often, they are the same people.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      I gained forty pounds and grew ten inches between the ages of fourteen and seventeen while dishwashing.
      I made $3.35 an hour in 1981.

      • Justin St.Denis

        My first hourly wage was so low I could not afford to eat anything at lunch. My budget held me to two meals a day. But I was actually glad to have a job at all at the time (unemployment rates were in the double digits at the time).

        • Jay Currie

          Well I am a tiny bit older and my first job, at 13 as the stockboy at Woolworths actually paid $4.25 and hour. The lazy manager had basically hired me as a management trainee because he had budget for that. Paid on Friday, every week, in cash.

          [And now old guy rant. Smokes were a quarter a pack, beer was $3.00 a dozen. I was set for Friday night with one hour’s wages, the rest of the week with another couple of hours and I worked 12 hour a week. I was, far and away, the richest kid in my class who earned his own money. The sad thing was I was paid more than the 100 year old ladies who put out the yarn and wall plaques and had worked in the store for thirty five years. Good times!]

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            I should remember the price of smokes from when I was a kid since my Mom used to send me down to 7-11 with a note to get them for her

          • Justin St.Denis

            Methinks you have me incorrectly pegged. My first “salary” was $50/wk or $1.25/hr working for a menswear chain which was popular at the time. The ridiculous salary was explained away as “base salary” and the 2% sales commission was supposed to make it alright. I was 15 – stupid and desperate enough to go for it. When I realized my mistake, I had no choice but to become really good at selling men’s business suits. My uncle – a tailor – provided me a crash course in “suiting up” men. By the end of that summer, I was making serious cash (to the store owner’s complete surprise). I never held another floor sales job again I so HATED becoming good at it! 😉

    • John

      Yeah, *progressives* champion mass immigration while at one and the same time advocating for higher wages.

      None too bright.

  • Millie_Woods
  • Gary

    About 4 years ago i wondered why McDonald’s didn’t have a system where I could program up to 4 of my most common orders onto their Debit card so I could put the card into Reader and pick the meal . Once paid for it gives me a Code number for the meal and I wait for the order to give them the Code ID and by-pass the whole system of ordering.
    I also wanted to use my phone to order a meal and pick the McDonlad’s near me so i can order it as I walk there so it’s ready when I arrive.
    But hey , what do I know ……..I’m not some wiz MBA grade in the Board room that needs 3 years of Consultant studies to finally make a decision after everyone else in the business embraced the new system.

    It was about 5 years ago that McDonlad’s ignored my idea to offer Hash-Browns 24-7 as a substitute for fries in some cases because they were easier to eat while driving for the people in the Trades or those doing a lot of time in the car because of their job. Now McDonald’s is expanding breakfast to 24/7 in some areas to test the market .

  • kkruger71

    I hate the current machines at McDonalds, not exactly an easy system. Would be faster to order directly from a person but going to the counter now almost feels like crossing a picket line; they keep you waiting and seem intent on slowing things down so as to force you to use the machines.

    • Clink9

      The McDees machines have been great to use in Europe this past 2 weeks. They even have a translation option.

  • Billy Bob Thornton

    The future of capitalism! Remember who pays the bills!

  • Billy Bob Thornton

    Unless governments in the West want revolution they had better work for the average person.