Go ahead, increase the minimum wage. Then, kiss those jobs goodbye.

"But at least we won the election! Obama!!"

“But at least we won our minimum wage increase!”

I’ve said time and again that because wages are a cost for businesses, they have to find a way to control them so they can earn a profit that makes it worthwhile to stay in business. Mandate wages that are too high, and companies will find creative ways to trim those costs back down.

Such as replacing the workers with machines:

Fast food doesn’t have to have a negative connotation anymore. With our technology, a restaurant can offer gourmet quality burgers at fast food prices.

Our alpha machine frees up all of the hamburger line cooks in a restaurant.

It does everything employees can do except better:

It slices toppings like tomatoes and pickles immediately before it places the slice onto your burger, giving you the freshest burger possible.

Our next revision will offer custom meat grinds for every single customer. Want a patty with 1/3 pork and 2/3 bison ground to order? No problem.

Also, our next revision will use gourmet cooking techniques never before used in a fast food restaurant, giving the patty the perfect char but keeping in all the juices.

It’s more consistent, more sanitary, and can produce ~360 hamburgers per hour.

The labor savings allow a restaurant to spend approximately twice as much on high quality ingredients and the gourmet cooking techniques make the ingredients taste that much better.

That’s from the web site of Momentum Machines in San Francisco. You can bet all those progressive Bay Area burger-flippers and baristas demanding a $15 per hour minimum wage will be screaming “unfair!” when they find themselves replaced.

Not that I’m some sort of anti-technological Luddite; far from it. But these idio… er, “people” demanding a huge increase in the minimum wage need to recognize that their bosses have choices to make, and one of those choices may well be a very rational decision to cut back hours or eliminate jobs altogether. Is it worth winning a $15 per hour rate, when you wind up collecting nothing?

Keep it up, burger flippers, and you may well pave the way for the return of the automat.

Forward into the past?

Forward into the past?

via Melissa Clouthier

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)

8 Responses to Go ahead, increase the minimum wage. Then, kiss those jobs goodbye.

  1. 1wanderingtruthseeker says:

    If not replaced by the machine, those fast food burgers will cost 15.00 per burger and they will not sell, so the machine does indeed sound pretty good and no more workers spitting on your burger or scratching their ass or picking their noses then making the burger. A machine is sounding better and better after all.

  2. Bill Hayes says:

    Who is going to make those machines? People, and people need a living wage. Ok so you get machines to make the machines, but someone has got to make those machines and so on and so. |So you replace all the workers with machinesd. So who is gonna buy the burgers then – When no one is earning any money?

    Here in the UK they screamed that it would bring manufacturing to its knees if you introduce the minimum wage. Even Prime minister John Major said it. Guess what – it didn’t happen. John Major only recently admitted he was wrong. You give a decent living wage to people they have more spending power and jobs are actually created.

  3. wildninja says:

    I’m sure you’ve heard that a new Seattle City Council member, who is a Socialist, has adamantly vowed to put a $15 minimum wage in place. Already people on both sides of the political spectrum are discussing how reckless this is. Economics 101 dictates that it will drive costs up and other wages up, including wages for government employees. This is madness.

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  5. goldminor says:

    My brother has a restaurant in San Francisco. The city in it,s wisdom now requires all businesses in SF to give a 1.5% cola/year to all employees. My brother says no one gives raises anymore. That age-old incentive and reward system between owner and employee is lost. For the worker, that little bit of extra pay is not going to make up for the increased prices for all goods that he needs, as all businesses at some point are going to need to adjust for this cumulative city penalty. The city does fine, because it means higher payroll taxes. Over time, that is going to be a negative in an already overpriced city.

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