McDonald’s is testing an automated cashier at a company-owned store in Illinois.
According to trending stories on Reddit and Imgur, the location in Romeoville, IL, is also the site for the McDonald’s Innovation Center where the company tries out new ideas and perfects them before releasing them to franchises worldwide.
Obviously, replacing counter workers with machines would revolutionize the fast food industry, as any ground-breaking technological advance does.
Presuming the effectiveness of the machines and acceptance from customers, the only remaining question is the economics. If the cost of the machine is less than the cost of the alternative – the human cashier – then the decision is simple: Human workers will be replaced my machines.
Despite the constant buzz from the progressive left and urging from the President, businesses do not exist to provide jobs. They exist to provide profits for their owners. Jobs are byproducts of that activity and are by no means guaranteed or something to which people are entitled.
This simple economics lesson continues to go unlearned by those desiring an increase in the minimum wage. The higher the wage, the greater the business’s appetite for substituting that job with another alternative. Asking for a $15 minimum wage is applying even more temptation – that’s just the reality.
Responding to the never-ending pressures of the marketplace, companies like McDonalds will continue to try to increase efficiency, lower costs, and increase profits. And enabling them to do so – without forcing them to pay a $15 minimum wage – is good for everyone in the long run.