Wendy’s old-fashioned hamburgers chain throws a wrench in the $15.00 dollar and hour minimum wage plan being pushed by many cities and states.
Wendy’s, one of the world’s largest fast food chains, says it will replace human employees with automated self-service kiosks in many of its approximately 6,500 restaurants. According to Wendy’s CTO Todd Penegor, the plan is an effort to counteract minimum wage hikes.
Some Wendy’s franchises have raised food prices to combat wage increases, but, kiosk adoption could allow franchises to keep pricing consistent despite increases in minimum wage. Wendy’s has 258 restaurants in California, which has raised the minimum wage to $10 an hour and will be increasing it to $15 by 2020.
McDonalds has also been testing digital kiosks at a few of its restaurants.
CEO of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, Andy Puzder, has also expressed interest in replacing staff with machines since he says the government is making it harder for him to hire employees.
McDonalds and all of Yum Brand’s companies — KFC, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell have apps that allow ordering.
Liberal democrats have once again misjudged American business response to government ‘Forced’ policies that have doubled the cost of labor.