Well, well, well. It looks like the chickens have come home to roost for the whole “Fight for 15” crowd who have been demanding the government force companies to pay a higher minimum wage of $15 an hour.
Yes, despite years of being told how detrimental such a hike would be for our economy, these folks have continued to push for the raise, ignoring the warnings that have been issued.
Well, McDonald’s is taking a route that many predicted they would take when all of this started, and it’s bad news for young folks and inexperienced workers everywhere.
By the year 2020, McDonald’s plans to replace cashiers with full service kiosks in all American stores.
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CEO Steve Easterbrook told CNBC this week his restaurant chain will roll out the self-order kiosks in 1,000 new stores each quarter.
He estimated that half of the 14,000 U.S.-based stores would have the kiosks by the end of 2018 and every location would utilize the technology by 2020. He said about 3,500 restaurants already use the automated machines, or about one-quarter of the McDonald’s U.S. portfolio.
Easterbrook added that McDonald’s locations in Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia are already “fully integrated” with the technology, while a majority of locations in France and Germany use it.
The reason behind the kiosks? According to Easterbook, McDonald’s has discovered customers “dwell” at the self-ordering stations, meaning they also buy more.
“What we’re finding is when people dwell more, they select more. There’s a little bit of an average check boost,” he said on CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” on Monday.
Easterbrook is likely telling only some of the story here, because he doesn’t want to come out and state that a big part of the issue is the company simply cannot sustain paying their employees $15 an hour on top of all the other costs of running the business. It’s absurd to think that standing at a machine and pressing buttons would be a job worth so much money.
Jobs like McDonald’s are meant for young kids or those who want to work in food service and maybe one day be a manager or run a restaurant of their own. It’s for those who want to move up, to establish a work history. It’s not at all designed to be the kind of job one does for an extended period of time.
This is part of the reason it’s sort of tragic to see these jobs go. Young people who have no work experience will now have a harder time finding jobs to help them get established.
A high minimum wage takes extra cash away from the business owner, forcing them to raise prices on goods and services to make up for the additional cost. This lack of extra profit results in less production or in stagnation where a company cannot afford to expand and ends up stuck in a rut, unable to move beyond their current point of success.
The ripple effects of this are enormous. If companies can’t expand, or worse, go out of business due to this hike, that impacts the overall job market causing it to plummet. More people out of work means less tax dollars to fund the government and needed services.
Prices go up, economic prosperity goes down. This is bad, bad, bad.
Unfortunately, liberals don’t seem to grasp fundamental economics all that well.
Harrowing Tale of Week-Long Bear Attack is a Hoax, Say Investigators
Well this is embarrassing.
It was only a few days ago that the world became familiar with a truly stupendous tale out of America’s last frontier. A man, stranded at a remote cabin in the Alaskan bush, was being haunted and hunted every night by a vicious bear, after being mauled ever so slightly on his first day on site. His rescuers arrived after a week of these nightly attacks, and only after the stranded man was able to create a plea for help large enough to be seen by the air. The only issue with the story is that the whole thing appears to be made up, at least according to local researchers. While the story went viral worldwide and more details came to light about the incident, some community members began to express concerns and doubt about the veracity of the tale. The cabin [Richard] Jessee took refuge in, as it turns out, was not his. It belonged to a fellow miner, though Jessee’s cabin sat only a few yards away. “We went out there to the cabin, but we couldn’t find a bear track within 500 feet of the place, but it should have been all torn up, according to his story,” said one anonymous source known to the Nugget. “There’s no hair, no tracks, no scat, nothing.” And also… The Coast Guard crew delivered him to an ambulance in Nome, which took him to Norton Sound Health Regional hospital. “We were told to get a man who had been mauled by a bear,” said Jim West Jr., the Nome Volunteer Fire and Ambulance chief. “He walked off the helicopter and walked into the ambulance. He had no animal bites and wasn’t bleeding.” Local police do admit that the area is known for its bear population, however, and the traumatized Jessee is…
USPS Delivers Defiant Message to White House Regarding Vaccine Mandate
This is a slap in the face to the Biden administration.
According to the Biden administration, trouble is coming, and it will arrive in the form of another prolonged economic downturn and possible lockdowns, if we don’t somehow get this “delta” variant of COVID-19 under control. The issue, according to many medical experts, is that this mutated version of the primary coronavirus pandemic strain, is spreading too rapidly among the unvaccinated, and without a significant number of Americans suddenly deciding to get inoculated in the near future, we may not reach “herd immunity” for months. Now, in an effort to speed up the stagnating vaccination rate, President Joe Biden is set to announce that all federal workers should be vaccinated, or face a grueling COVID testing protocol that was intentionally designed to be uncomfortable. The United States Postal Service isn’t taking the news lying down, however. The influential American Postal Workers Union on Wednesday said, at this point, it opposes a coronavirus vaccine mandate from the Biden administration but encouraged workers to voluntarily take the jabs. “While the APWU leadership continues to encourage postal workers to voluntarily get vaccinated, it is not the role of the federal government to mandate vaccinations for the employees we represent,” the union said in a statement obtained by Fox News. The union did not immediately respond to an after-hours email from Fox News. The union said in the statement that the safety of its workers is “of paramount importance” but “at this time the APWU opposes the mandating of COVID-19 vaccinations.” The Biden administration’s mandate will not be 100% iron clad according to sources familiar with the matter, but, rather, would be an incredibly strong suggestion with some terribly annoying hoops to jump through to abstain.
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