Thursday, January 26, 2017

You were warned about this....

Say goodbye to $15/hr burger flippers and meet the new Big Mac ATM:


This not a joke.  The picture is not a creation of The Onion nor is it fake news.  The Boston Herald reported:

McDonald’s is launching two new versions of the Big Mac — the Big Mac Jr. and the Grand Mac — with a giveaway promotion in Kenmore Square Tuesday.

A McDonald’s statement said the chain “is excited to invite the local community to experience the Big Mac ATM in order to try these delicious new Big Mac sizes firsthand.” Burgers will be dispensed Tuesday between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. “while supplies last.”

But a quick Herald consumer survey outside the Golden Arches there found little enthusiasm for an automated burger dispenser that many fear is the wave of the future as struggling fast-food chains look to cut costs...Rest of article.

$15/hr x 0 hours = $0. 

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

Can't blame them. A machine will be an upgrade.

Messick said...

Skip the burger maker and just have a machine that dispenses Special Sauce in 12 ounce cans.

Anonymous said...

Wouldn't have to worry as much about menstruated blood on my burger.

Anonymous said...

After that tribal moron in Columbus it would surely be cleaner!

Anonymous said...

@3:04 amen. And doesn't have an attitude.

Kingfish said...

Just as long as CFA doesn't use these contraptions. The service is always very good and friendly. Unlike the surly mumbled language I get half the time at McDonalds in the Jackson area. Arby's employees are somewhat nicer, however.

Anonymous said...

"Fast food restaurant" is a recent invention anyway and there is no reason to believe that it's stay must be permanent. The only permanent fixture in a capitalist economy is the constant search for cheap labor. So eventually some kind of automated server will replace the burger flipper and we'll learn to live with it. It will probably talk and be always friendly too.

Anonymous said...

These machines and kiosks have been in the works for at least a decade. Has nothing to do with the $15/hr thing. Lazy narratives are good, though.

Anonymous said...

Chick-fil-A: "It's a great day at Chick-fil-A. How may I serve you?"

McDonald's: [90 second delay] "Go 'head."

Anonymous said...

These machines and kiosks have been in the works for at least a decade. Has nothing to do with the $15/hr thing.

Yup, the operational cost of labor had absolutely nothing to do with the innovation. What a lazy comment.

Every Pickle Matters... said...

Will the sole pickle be centered?

Anonymous said...

7:04...cool name for a band.....

Soul Pickle

And I rarely eat mcdonalds...would never eat at one again if all it had was a box of bad burgers.

I like going in and trying to pronounce the names....gets me going.

Anonymous said...

Wendy's at Lake Harbor/Old Canton best service fast food of all

Anonymous said...

This is awesome. Automation makes sense for a lot of things in the future.

Hilarious a lot of my friends use these sort of things as a prime example of the future but have problems applying the same concept to things like coal energy, etc.

Anonymous said...

10:12, trying to pronounce the name of the products or the names of the employees?

Messick said...

"McDonald's is a place to rock."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDFaEBjA7PU

Anonymous said...

This goes beyond fast food. Technology is going to eventually make the majority of what we do as work obsolete. I think that some day, maybe a long time from now, but some day, we're gonna have to reevaluate our understanding of how one earns his share of the available resources. When labor isn't required to harvest or produce those resources, then you can't say that labor is how you earn a share.

Anonymous said...

I just don't think a Big Mac will taste as good if you don't have to wait on a greasy floor while employees talk to each other, but not the next customer for at least 5-10 minutes (when you are next in line), and listen to a dispute about who hasn't had his/her break yet. Very similar to discussion often heard in check out line at Kroger.

Les Hardin said...

Just returned from Argentina and stopped at a McDonalds in Buenos Aires. I ordered at a Kiosk, it spit out a number and I went to a wall that had number slots and picked up the order there. They also had counter service but since I didn't speak Spanish it was easier to do the transaction through the Kiosk. I really liked it and it had about 25 languages you could order in.

Anonymous said...

The food is going to be the same. It all depends on if you want to wait around while the employees decide if they want to take your order and who gets to spit in your order or get your order quickly and without body fluids added.

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