Carl's Junior Responds to Minimum Wage Hike – Hire Robots Instead
After publicly announcing his idea to automate restaurants, Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s CEO Andy Puzder has been the target of criticism from people all over the country.
“I want to try it,” Puzder told Business Insider, referring to automated restaurants. Puzder said he is currently looking into something “where you order on a kiosk, you pay with a credit or debit card, your order pops up, and you never see a person.”
Although many Americans are quick to call Puzder heartless and blame him for the inevitable loss of many jobs, in reality, Puzder is just reacting to the minimum wage hike.
“With government driving up the cost of labor, it’s driving down the number of jobs,” he said. “You’re going to see automation not just in airports and grocery stores, but in restaurants.”
This is the point that many Republicans have tried to make over and over again. No one will pay an employee $15 an hour to do a job that is not worth that amount.
In fact, IBD’s Jed Graham looked at six big U.S. cities that have raised the minimum wage and found a decrease in the number of jobs available to workers. “Wherever cities implemented big minimum-wage hikes to $10 an hour or more last year, the latest data through December show that job creation downshifted to the slowest pace in at least five years,” Graham wrote.
Seattle, one of the cities that has seen the highest minimum wage hikes, lost 10,000 jobs between September and November of 2014 alone. The numbers don’t lie. Puzder is not an evil villain, he is a businessman responding to the hand that has been dealt to him, and many other businesses across the country.
Editor’s note: This is no longer in the realm of science fiction, automation is replacing human beings because of stupid utopian liberal policies. Its not the first time in history this has happened, factory owners over the last few decades have invested in robotics in response to higher wages demanded by unions. Its like throwing workers into the dustbin…