No Fast Food Jobs

Aug 01 2013

On Monday, fast food workers in several major cities staged walkouts to protest their pay. Most make minimum wage, and they’re demanding that their pay be doubled. As usual, there are two sides to the story, both with good points. The workers say that in a major city these days, the cost of living is so high that it’s nearly impossible to survive on minimum wage, especially if you have a family to support. That’s one reason why there are record numbers of Americans on food stamps: even many people who are employed are having a hard time putting food on the table for their families. But on the other side, the fast food outlets say they operate on low profit margins and can’t afford to double everyone’s pay. They claim that would force them to raise prices, and in this economy, that would not only harm their business, it would harm the low-paid workers who eat at fast food restaurants.

There is no easy solution, but there is a solution. More and more fast food workers are being replaced with automation. In Europe, McDonald’s has replaced counter workers with touch-screen ordering kiosks. I noticed them this Spring during a trip to Spain, and was impressed with how fast, easy, and efficient they were. And a Chinese company has developed a robot chef that’s being sold to restaurants. For a one-time cost of $1500, they never have to pay the cook again, or provide him with any benefits, other than an occasional oiling. As tough as it might be for low-skilled workers to survive on a fast food job, imagine how much tougher it would be with NO fast-food jobs.

Comments 1-4 of 4

  • carol gohn

    08/03/2013 08:45 PM

    A raise of about a dollar would be appropriate but twelve dollars is ridiculous..thats more then what some people make after working for years on retirement...a raise yes, but 12 no...

  • Betsy Landon

    08/03/2013 09:10 AM

    Once again, you are so right. I'm so tired of this sense of entitlement everywhere.

    I'm quickly becoming a big fan of yours. Please run for president again so I can vote for you. I wasn't paying attention last time. I apologize.

  • Richard Fulcher

    08/02/2013 01:07 PM

    Fast food is for high school students or seniors trying to supplement their retirement not for people trying to make a living and support a family. Does anyone expect to make a career out out of fries and burgers? A CAREER in the fast food industry should start with a degree of some sort. A career path to management should start with some form of higher education. If people want a job that pays better they need to prepare themselves better for the job market. If you are living the life you prepared yourself for you have no reason to complain

  • sylvester ignowski

    08/02/2013 10:07 AM

    somewhere, common sense has to enter the equation!$15.00 per hr. for doing unskilled work? come on , even the registers have pictures of the product so that the person using them will not make a mistake in charging the price for the product sold. first off , i don't believe these jobs where meant for heads of the household or in other words...for raising a family on, but rather an after-school type jobs with the exception of the group leader or manager . the news women on CNN states what MCDONALDS profits were last year and...this means all the burger flippers should get a piece of that pie ...why? I wonder what she gets in salary for reading scripted news and wearing a short skirt? maybe $ 100,000 a year or more...far cry from the $ 15,600 that a min. wage would pay per a year @ 40 hrs. per week ( if you could get 40 hours with OBAMACARE cutbacks of hours).... does she consider herself worth that much more than the fast- food workers ? OR , is this all another part of the plan to disrupt the UNITED STATES as we once knew it ?

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