Not even MSNBC can sit still for Obama's threat to democracy:
Faced with rising minimum wage, McDonald's decides to replace staff with robots
The fast food chain will begin replacing its cashiers with automated touchscreen kiosks in all
of its 14,000 chains across the country
McDonald’s will begin replacing its cashiers with automated touchscreen kiosks in all of its
14,000 chains across the country. The first stores to experience the change will be in the
states with the highest minimum wage rates, including Florida, New York, and Massachusetts.
Additional changes include mobile pay methods and table service.
“Customers have access to information that gives them much more control over their lives,”
said McDonald’s CEO Steve Easterbrook in an interview with CNN Money. The attempts at
modernization are a result of the low sales present when Easterbrook became CEO in March
2015. Since then, healthier menu options have worked in winning back customers. “They’re
expecting us to evolve and offer greater convenience,” Easterbrook said of the customers.
While employees would still be needed after the kiosk installation for table service, it is
suspected that, eventually, the company will even find a way to replace them with machines.
Ed Rensi, a former chief executive officer at McDonald’s, found the increase in minimum wage
to be a huge hint about not needing people in restaurant jobs anymore. “I guarantee you
[that,] if a $15 minimum wage goes across the country, you’re going to see a job loss like you
can’t believe,” he said. “It’s cheaper to buy a $35,000 robot than it is to hire an employee who’s
inefficient making $15 an hour bagging French fries.”