$15 Minimum Wage Forces Wendy’s to Introduce Self-Service Kiosks

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When the “Fight for $15” movement was first sweeping the country, none of its proponents had any idea what a higher minimum wage would truly entail. They live in a fantasy world where everyone should be paid a wage based on their needs rather than their skills, and where businesses and entrepreneurs can provide an endless supply of money (they’re just too greedy to do so willingly).

But now their chickens are coming home to roost. Companies that once provided cheap labor for unskilled workers are being forced to cut hours and benefits. Or in the case of Wendy’s, they’re forced to automate some of their services to make up the money they’re expected to lose from a higher minimum wage.

Last August the company’s President, Todd Penegor, revealed that they would be exploring automation in response to wage hikes. “We continue to look at initiatives and how we work to offset any impacts of future wage inflation through technology initiatives, whether that’s customer self-order kiosks, whether that’s automating more in the back of the house in the restaurant.”

Penegor followed up on that statement recently, and announced that Wendy’s will be offering self-serve ordering kiosks to all of their 6000-plus restaurants later this year. Each franchise owner will get to decide if they want the kiosks, hundreds of which exist in states and municipalities that are pushing for a $15 minimum wage.

He explained to Investors Business Daily that Wendy’s company owned stores are facing 5-6% wage inflation due to new laws and the need to provide competitive wages. With a wage hike like that, it’s no surprise that the company needs to cut labor costs wherever it can. Ironically, the fast food workers who are pushing for a higher minimum wage more than anyone else, are going to feel the pinch.

Also Read: REAL MINIMUM WAGE IS $0: WENDY’S TO ROLL OUT IDIOCRACY-STYLE SELF-SERVICE KIOSKS THIS YEAR

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  • ExecutorOffice

    Supply and Demand. Perhaps the CEO’s could dig into their billions in profits ( if that exists ) and share the loot like socialist dictator Bernie wants…..

  • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

    I find it mildly funny that people will accept a job at a wage they think is too kow – and then turn to the people who cause prices to rise and wages to fall, to use guns to make their employer give them a raise.

  • Frank

    “When the “Fight for $15” movement was first sweeping the country, none of its proponents had any idea what a higher minimum wage would truly entail.” The rank and file useful idiots, maybe, but the people who started this whole thing knew damn well what the consequences would be. The whole idea is to cause as much chaos, hate and discontent as possible. The truth is, technology is making more and more low-level, unskilled jobs obsolete and the economics of the situtation is that technology costs less than human labor.

    • Jimmy B

      And with no one making any money, who is going to buy their crap?

      • Frank

        Precisely. Make way for the new and improved welfare state, where the benevolent government provides for all your needs…at the cost of your freedom and individuality.

        • sunshine ✓ᵀʳᵘᵐᵖ ˢᵘᵖᵖᵒʳᵗᵉʳ

          Go read the short story (online for free) called “Manna” by Marshall Brain. I think that story outlines EXACTLY what will happen in this situation without the good ending. It will be all bad for all of us. Scary stuff!!

    • Rebeccarfoster1

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    • People should get into the line of work of repairing or manufacture of these devices. Also, prepare for the future, training-wise, for when the automated cooking machines are in full usage. It’ll take people to fix these things. That’s where some of the jobs will be.

      • Cuphat Hu

        Good advise! Problem is those who are working at the minimum wage and expect to live comfortable with the $15 raise, those ARE the ones who are not interested in improving themselves anytime soon or never. You’re preaching the wrong crowd. They simply want handouts, that’s all.

  • BayouBuddha

    Minimum wage didn’t “force” Wendy’s to do anything. Greed did, just look at how much profit they made last year….If CEO’s can earn hundreds and thousands of dollars while employees are mainly making only minimum wage…..

    • Gregoryjford1

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    • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

      A lot of restaurants – including fast food – operate on a 4-5% profit margin.
      An artificial 5-6% wage inflation can mean the business loses money and goes under. How many jobs is that restaurant going to create?

      • komodoman

        So, why did Wendy’s announce a nationwide deployment? Very few cities have actually raised the wages.

        • Thor

          In order to operate a business you must be able to gauge the future. Plan ahead. Get used to this automation. $15 an hour wage is going to cut into human workers and more automation. $15 is a ridiculous amount and those types of jobs aren’t meant for careers, unless in management.

          • komodoman

            millions of kiosks have been deployed in other industries long before the $15 wage was even mentioned. Your attempt to blame it on the wage is laughable.

          • Thor

            And your attempt to use logic is laughable. And the wage is the issue genius. Do you really think a burger flipper should be paid $15.00 per hour? This isn’t a career field unless in management. It’s all about profit margins and raise the price to $15 per hour and there goes the profit. Liberals truly don’t think things out. Liberalism is based on emotions and bye bye fast food workers with this insane pay increase.

          • Myself, I’d rather have automation over people anyway and can’t wait for the food preparation to be automated also.

          • BW83

            Damn right. I’ll take a machine over a person will mess up my order and by all likelihood doesn’t want to be there in the first place.

            Design a machine to assemble my hamburger? All the better as I’ve yet to see a robot use the restroom and leave without washing it’s hands.

        • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

          I don’t work for Wendy’s, so the impetus is unknown to me.

        • BW83

          I’m going to take a stab in the dark, but I bet it’s because it’s going to save them a literal shit-ton of money. Cashiers are a waste of money from the perspective of a business owner. They contribute little to nothing, you have to use money to train them (and hope they stick around long enough to justify training them to begin with), they call in sick…..I can go on and on.

          Instead I can put in a machine. That machine requires no training, and actually trains the CUSTOMER to operate how I want them to. It never gets sick. It costs me nothing other than the electricity to run it. I don’t have to pay it minimum wage, and I definitely don’t have to listen to it complain, or worry about it overcharging a customer, or having a bad attitude that ruffles my customers feathers. Barring maintenance it’s a one-time expense. Now, I can eliminate those positions, take the people I would have had to hire to run cash registers, and train them to produce a product that makes me money as opposed to standing there wasting space. The sum total of all these things means more money in my pocket and less headaches.

          Again, this has NOTHING to do with minimum wage hikes despite what they say. This train has been barreling down the track for some time now and WILL affect more jobs than fast-food restaurants.

          • komodoman

            Thank you. Someone who really understands the business bottomline. One other item to add to the justification: Average Order Sales thru the kiosks are higher than when taken by a human.

    • digriff

      I say screw the special little snowflakes who thought they should be paid a living wage while doing a job that traditionally went to high school kids…..I wish there were some way to ensure they draw NO unemployment, welfare or whatever after this fiasco……

      • BayouBuddha

        where do you suggest these people work when there are no well paying jobs around? they have a family and probably a mortgage as well.

        • Phoenixsst

          They can go work in Norway

          • BayouBuddha

            really? and where do they get the funds to pay for the trip? most family are surviving check to check. This country has outlawed the “Company Store” only to adopt the very same philosophy of a debt laden society. Schools no longer teach self reliance , they now indoctrinate our children into a mindset of servitude and reliance on a ever growing government and their corporate owners. Until we as a Country can stand own our own personal self reliance can we have the power to actually step out of the Commerce system and stop paying for their services.

        • David Ryan

          Where do you think they will work when the franchises go under? Wendy’s and other fast food restaurants are mostly franchises owned and operated by entrepreneurs that must pay a royalty fee to the franchise owner. The margins the franchises must operate on are narrow and the franchisee can owe debt on small business and other loans. They have families to feed and mortgages to pay as well.

          • BayouBuddha

            hopefully they’ll return to their roots and start becoming self reliant. but when there is a void opportunity arises. Break up these giant franchises. Instead of paying a royalty fees these owners would have an opportunity to buy local goods for their business. Doing so would keep more money local thereby strengthening the local economy. More money locally allows for more opportunity/growth.

          • Cuphat Hu

            Speaking like an idiot. STupid of me or anyone tries to show you the light.

        • steve981cr

          What business does someone have trying to support a family and pay a mortgage on a fast food job salary? That type of work is meant to be for teenagers who either still live at home, or share an apartment with a bunch of roommates.

        • digriff

          How about this…by the time you get to the age where you have “a family and probably a mortgage” you should also be WELL past the fast food gig.

        • No one working at a fast food restaurant is paying a mortgage or raising a family.

          • sunshine ✓ᵀʳᵘᵐᵖ ˢᵘᵖᵖᵒʳᵗᵉʳ

            Uh…yes there are many people doing just that. They get government help but they do work in fast food and have a family.

          • Cuphat Hu

            They should be more responsible first by NOT having a family or at least not to have children while they are at such situations. But of course, they are the takers and the whole system is rigged just to rip the middle class of for the well-being of the poor. NOT the rich they go after. Just the middle class.

          • sunshine ✓ᵀʳᵘᵐᵖ ˢᵘᵖᵖᵒʳᵗᵉʳ

            Hmm somehow I doubt you think this way when it comes to people in the ghetto or barrio. Only poor whites. That’s typically how it goes.

      • BW83

        I will say there are some adult-aged people that truly do NEED those jobs (handicapped, mentally disabled, etc.) but the real people that will be hurt by this are the high school aged kids looking to get a foot in job industry door. There are few places open to working around a school schedule, and most places open after school hours either a) require “skilled” labor or b) have age restrictions.

        • digriff

          Yes, I would be glad to see that go back to the way it was 30 years ago. Where that was a first job for many. Where they learned work ethic.

    • Airb0rne4325

      Minimum wage is for ENTRY level positions. If an individual has made life choices that leads them to a life where their major income is from an ENTRY level pay, then so be it. This is the result of your poor life choices. You made your bed, now sleep in it. To put blame on the CEO, the one who got good grades in school, went to college, graduated and worked his/her way up the ladder to get to where they are, don’t hate the player, hate the game.

      • BayouBuddha

        that was true decades ago, but due to the shortage of jobs people are forced to take low paying jobs in order to survive. Majority of our workforce are now over educated for the positions they now work in. Stop making the American Citizen compete with other countries which pay below minimum wages along with slave labor and without our safety measures .

        • Robert Stevens

          maybe the shortage of jobs is due to illegals aliens ?
          so happy to see a champion for the downtrodden here……

          • sunshine ✓ᵀʳᵘᵐᵖ ˢᵘᵖᵖᵒʳᵗᵉʳ

            That’s one of the reasons. Disgusting to see such classist BS here where people should know better. I’m from Appalachia and jobs like this are all there is now. Those people worked in the mines…now closed. So they can sit on welfare or work fast food and get some help. They grow their own food and live very poorly and they deserve better. They can’t get health care…the Vice series called “Ain’t No Grave” about Appalachia shows them lining up at the fairgrounds to get free treatment from charities and they’re being treated in the ANIMAL STALLS..and it’s sporadic and they usually die anyways because they can’t get things like insulin and medicine. Why should they just drop dead? Why shouldn’t they be able to stay in their homeland?? It’s literally ALL they have and if you’re from the mountains it is part of you and some people just can’t leave it. Thank you for not being a jerk.

    • roro206

      What’d tgey make? A whopping 7.5% margin? That means they spent $100M to make $107M.

      Ooohh. CEO pay! $8M. Let’s give that to the 21,000 employees, greedy bastard. Oh wait – that comes out to $7/employee per week. Don’t spend it all at once now, dummy.

      Even if you take all the executive pay @ $21M, that only comes out to $20/wk per employee.

      • BayouBuddha

        so your justifying these ceo’s outrageous salaries by saying that it’s ok to gouge the workers paychecks for their personal greed because it’s just a small amount spread out over a large workforce?

        • roro206

          So you justify over-inflating someone’s worth as long as it’s at the expense of someone else? Your’re only worth what someone else is willing to pay you. Guess what? $15/hr doesn’t cut it either if you want to talk “living wage”.

          I’m not a bum and spend zero time thinking of what someone else makes or chooses to pay someone because it has zero bearing on my life. I looked up the figures. Life is what you make it, and everone has their own to live.

          But you go back to pumping your fist and stomping your feet. I’ll enjoy all the new automation coming in. It’s job security for engineers.

        • BW83

          We’re justifying it for the sheer sake that it takes more skill to be a ceo than it takes to deep-fry potatoes. One you can teach in 5 minutes, the other….not so much. The day the average burger flipper is held accountable to stock holders (should mention several of those stock holders are the same people you’re trying to defend) the way a CEO is is the day I’ll change my opinion.

          • BayouBuddha

            Are you kidding me? Sure it may be more difficult, but they hardly do any actual work. Most of their time is spent shooting golf (where most business deals go down) drinking and bribing politicians to look the other way and /or enact screwed up statutes making it easier on those that have to screw over those that have not.

          • BW83

            Call me crazy, but I would consider taking actions to earn your company more money, attract more customers, etc., etc…….work.

            It’s not an issue of who sweats more, it IS an issue of difficulty. A job more difficult to do, or one requiring more skill or specialized knowledge SHOULD earn more money. A round of golf that nets a company a multi-million dollar deal is, and always will be, more valuable to that company than the minimum-wage fry-guy who earned that same company $100 in the same amount of time.

            Drop the social justice angle. Minimum wage employees ARE replaceable, and quite easily so. The person with the knowledge, ability, and connections to make bigger things happen isn’t….so if you want to keep them around better make it worthwhile for them.

            It isn’t a CEOs fault that a politician accepts a bribe, or a screwed up statute gets passed.

          • BayouBuddha

            don’t justify a screwed up system. The system is broke period. It is nothing but a replay of the “Company Store” philosophy which keeps the masses indebted and sub-servant. It’s nothing a white washed version of slavery.

          • sunshine ✓ᵀʳᵘᵐᵖ ˢᵘᵖᵖᵒʳᵗᵉʳ

            They love that. They fancy themselves part of the “elite” class and think it can never happen to them. They’re too smart and too special to ever be tossed onto the dust heap of history. My grandfather was a coal miner…I know all about the company stores and Matewan and the like. But what do I know? I’m not a CEO and I never went to college!

          • BW83

            That’s where you get it wrong, a screwed up system is where you give people what they feel they need as opposed to what they actually earned, or where you artificially cap someone’s wages because you don’t think it’s fair they earn what they do.

            There’s no doubt the system as a whole is broken, I’m not debated that. Im arguing that certain jobs flat-out should make more money than others. A CEO making more money than the bottom-rung employee at the same company isn’t what’s broken however.

            White-washed slavery? A bit of a stretch I’d say, elaborate maybe? Don’t get me wrong, I’d say the average job is glorified slavery, but I have this feeling you’re coming from a different angle.

          • sunshine ✓ᵀʳᵘᵐᵖ ˢᵘᵖᵖᵒʳᵗᵉʳ

            Why are you wasting your time? These are the scumbags that cheered on NAFTA because “only the stupid trash without an education” will be affected by it. They couldn’t care less about their fellow Americans and seem gleeful to watch them suffer. It’s some kind of superiority thing I think. “At least I’M not like that poor trash loser working at a fast food place!” Hopefully when they hit rock bottom they will receive the same compassion and concern from others that they have shown here today.

          • Cuphat Hu

            Of course, to “some” people, work ONLY accounts to hard labor, THAT’S IT! Why would anyone waste any time on this stone head?

    • BW83

      Comparing a CEO to a standard employee is ridiculous. One has a job anyone can do, the other runs a world-wide chain….there’s a reason they’re paid so well. Greed? Wendy’s competes with the likes of a dozen other such fast food chains, profit margins aren’t anywhere near what I’m sure you imagine they are….that’s the thing no one quite seems to understand. Does the door cost them that much? Probably not, but don’t forget the sheer overhead of running thousands of locales. It’s not as easy as increasing prices when you’re competitors will use that opportunity to put you under.

    • Bubba T

      Ya know what ya moron, try running a business yourself then come back with this same bs. You have no fking clue. All you know is what you read on the “net” and hear in the propagandist media.

      • BayouBuddha

        forget you n, you anal retentive prick. I have my own business.

        • Bubba T

          Doing what, selling t-shirts off the back off a truck?

      • BayouBuddha

        As I’ve already stated, I have my own business, two actually. Small and local, but they’re still mine.

    • Uncle Sham

      people should not be paid more than they are worth, that applies much more to burger flippers than CEOs

      • BayouBuddha

        so it’s ok for the rich to gouge the poor but god forbid a poor man to get a little something extra. sure, let the ceo’s get their kickbacks, tax loopholes, overseas accounts and million dollar bonuses but that burger flipper doesn’t deserve to have a comfortable life.because he doesn’t have family connections and/or old money..

        • Uncle Sham

          take a basic economics course and get back to us. the increase in cost of labor will only phase more people out of the work force

        • Cuphat Hu

          Idiot, guess who’s going to pay for your gouging wage, customers that’s who. Customers must now pay the pass on cost to welfare your kind. Worst of, all other costs will eventually go up according and again, who is suffering here, you are as bad. By then, your $15/hr won’t be that much anymore, but too late to fix now because the country is governed by idiots anyway. All about feeling good.

    • Cuphat Hu

      Sure. People who take risks open businesses simply want to help the poor and helpless, wouldn’t them? Who do you think own those Wendy’s locations, ALL corporate own you said, WRONG! Good percentage owned by regular Joe you and I. So, condemning them for working hard making extra bucks simply is un-American. However, expecting others to pay highly for your burger flipping truely un-American, European maybe.

  • frankw

    The fact is we are approaching a situation where there are more people chasing fewer jobs. The jobs that are available are low paying service jobs or high end technical/ management jobs few former blue collar workers or their families are qualified for. And, no, a college degree is no longer sure path to a good job.

    • BayouBuddha

      thank you frank, at least you are aware of todays reality. With companies being allowed to use slave labor from other countries to make their product how without the restrictions that are present over here there is no way for us to compete. It’s a stacked deck.

  • BayouBuddha

    heck, we have a minimum wage, why not a maximum wage as well… Base it off a percentage, the highest paid person isn’t allowed to make a certain percentage above the least paid person…. Also while your at it, take away the rights of businesses to be listed as a person. Make living people accountable rather than just fining a business for their crimes.

    • Robert Stevens

      Man we should make this guy president,he has all the right solutions,oh wait we already have one of those in the white house…

      • BayouBuddha

        do we really need a MASTER?

      • sunshine ✓ᵀʳᵘᵐᵖ ˢᵘᵖᵖᵒʳᵗᵉʳ

        I don’t see him saying that at all. I don’t see anything about redistribution of wealth or anything…just anger at the stacked deck against the regular man. I think the situation here is shitty but I don’t think I am owed a life of luxury for working fast food. However I also don’t think that CEOs should earn 500x the salary their employees earn. I don’t think they should bring in foreigners to force us all into slave labor. There is nothing wrong with reasonable union representation and fair treatment for a fair day’s work.

    • ISeeaBadMoonRising

      What about stopping illegal immigration, suspending the H-1B visas and let the market work? I know, I know, the Democrat party would lose millions of future voters. Mr. Trump, BUILD THE WALL.

      • BayouBuddha

        yer, that really worked for germany.

    • BW83

      Yep, that’s the best way to encourage innovation….max cap the potential reward.

      I will however agree with the second idea, then again I’m a fan of holding people accountable for their decisions and removing the possibility of hiding behind a corp.

  • Clementine

    Every empire must fall and the US will be no different… contrary to popular belief.

  • Nabi

    These 15-buck numb nuts are going to be the first Economic Darwin Award Winners.

  • Tulan Zuya

    One notices that the funds are available to ship 6000+ kiosks to Wendy’s stores. Additionally, who is going to actually cook the food, put it IN the self-serve machines ,keep the things clean and sanitary, keep inventories, handle customer complaints when the food is old and cold…..automation is seldom adequate for the task, despite all the hype. Clearly a move that’s more political and punitive than anything else…

    • BayouBuddha

      I don’t see sanitation as an issue since the US has contracted with china to ship our chicken, beef and pork too their country for processing only to be shipped back here for sale. It’ll be contaminated before it enters our country. Look at all the food problems China is having now with polluted water, fake eggs, rice, etc….

      • Tulan Zuya

        Haha, true enough!

    • BW83

      It’s nothing more than a self-serve ordering booth….removing cashiers. No different than self-checkouts at chain stores really. You push a button for the food you want, I’m assuming pay at the machine as well, then your order is relayed to the assembly line like normal.

      Other tasks are still handled by people. It replaces a few jobs in every store, but still turns a profit in not having to pay those few people, train those people, etc. It’s not political, but it’s sure as hell being played up that way.

  • roger

    learn a little something about “wages” and who actually receives them according to the federal government’s definition of the term………..
    26 USC 3401

    Definitions.

    (a) Wages. For purposes of this chapter, the term “wages” means all remuneration (other than fees paid to a public official) for services performed by an employee for his employer, including the cash value of all remunerations paid in any medium other than cash; except that such term shall not include remuneration paid –

    This definition states that wages are defined by the relationship between an employee and his employer.

    This fact brings out the importance of knowing just WHO is an employee, and WHO is the employer referred to within these laws. The legal definition of “employer” states:

    26 USC 3401

    Definitions.

    (d) Employer. For purposes of this chapter, the term “employer” means the person for whom an individual performs or performed any service, of whatever nature, as the employee of such person, …

    BUT, before one can possibly positively identify the identity of the “employer”, one must first pinpoint the identity of the “employee”.

    (c) Employee. For purposes of this chapter, the term “employee” includes an officer, employee or elected official of the United States, a State, or any political subdivision thereof, or the District of Columbia, or any agency or instrumentality of any one or more of the foregoing. The term “employee” also includes an officer of a corporation.

  • roger

    based on my earlier post does anyone believe that a burger flipper at Wendy’s or any other fast food joint is an employee earning wages????

  • Jake

    Soon there will be millions of people out of work,
    That will start looting it’s all part of their plan to create unrest.

  • steve981cr

    The funny thing is even when I was a teenager, fast food jobs were already at the bottom of the totem pole in terms of desirability. So why not automate them? I mean what skills does flipping burgers give anybody anyway?

    • Tulan Zuya

      Not all minimum wage jobs are burger-flipping — many actually have quite a learning curve and could not be handled by any moron walking in off the street. It is also not just minimum wage jobs that are being automated and off-shored, and filled with foreign/alien workers. Been to the doctor lately? Several highly skilled professions I know of were formerly filled with smug, living-wage-earning people who subsequently saw their livelihoods evaporate due to the above wage-evasive maneuvers. Now their houses are in foreclosure, their savings and pensions are gone, and there are no lateral moves to make, let alone to step up to; many spent entire careers earning their value as highly-paid, highly-skilled, and highly productive members of the work force. Some I know are working 2, 3 or even 4 “unskilled” jobs now to earn half of what they used to earn. That is the new “global” work force. It’s not for the faint of heart.

      And where did all the savings go? Raspberry if you claim it went to improved product quality, customer service, or equipment upgrades. Those things are inconsequential to the bottom line in current corporate financial planning. The money went into the pockets of investors, simply put.

      It’s a case of defending the idea that the majority must sweat and suffer so that the tiny minority may profit handsomely and live well. Nothing new under the sun about that, and pretty typical of the human condition for as long ago as we can remember. It is just that recently, the “tiny minority” seems to have collectively lost its tiny mind with its reactionary hysteria over the fear that anyone who is not them might actually make an expendable buck here and there. If they see one of those expendable bucks, they want it for themselves alone, and they will do all kinds of amazing contortions to get their hands on it. The last place they ever want it to end up is in the hands of anyone who desperately needs it.

      This kind of greed is unsustainable in the long run, and its effects are brutalizing populations around the world. Those with the mighty IQs surely have a good answer to that if they’ve thought about it at all.

      • steve981cr

        And where did all the savings go?
        Your point is it went into the pockets of the 1%er types. Some of it did but most of it went to consumers in the form of lower prices. That’s true for electronics anyway. Drug companies some goes to profits but also to highly paid R&D jobs that create new drugs or medical procedures. So it’s no so easy as to say it all goes into the pockets of the 1%.

        • sunshine ✓ᵀʳᵘᵐᵖ ˢᵘᵖᵖᵒʳᵗᵉʳ

          Oh yay we can all be de facto slaves and our reward is…CHEAPER ELECTRONICS! WOOO! Boy our overlords are so generous! And who the fuck cares about drugs if nobody can afford them? Even if you have insurance it’s expensive to pay for medicine. Sure…tax the hell out of luxury goods but people should be able to have basic needs met on some level. Especially when we bring in half the Turd World and foot THEIR healthcare housing and food needs!

      • BayouBuddha

        exactly. I have a friend in the same situation. H had just broke out as a Co. Man on oil rigs making a little more than 1500.00 per day only to have the industry take a hit. now hes mowing grass to try and keep his family off the street.

      • sunshine ✓ᵀʳᵘᵐᵖ ˢᵘᵖᵖᵒʳᵗᵉʳ

        WELL SAID!

    • BW83

      No skills, but it can teach work ethic. There’s a point in your life that you have to learn that growing up isn’t always fun. Not to mention if that experience doesn’t motivate you to do better for yourself, well….you end up getting replaced by a kiosk in your mid-30s lol.

  • 1POdCitizen

    This comes as no surprise to anyone with an IQ above 15. Which means a MAJORITY of Democrat voters are scratching their heads wondering WHAT could possibly be wrong about a $15/hr minimum wage.

    ABSOLUTE MORONS !!

  • MrPanetela

    Didn’t somebody say 2000 years ago, “The poor, you will always have with you.” At what point in the last 5000 years has that been proven wrong?
    Understand History natural progression. One man learns to fish. He teaches his kids. Those kids grown up and teach theirs. One of those grandchildren learns to smoke a fish to preserve it. And he in turns teaches the next generation.
    Everything we have now, was passed down to us. It is up to us to innovate new ways and things for us now and the future to come. And pass it along. But also to preserve those things of the past that still are useful. This requires creative imagination tempered by excellent education. And Not By legally enforceable regulations and codes and statues. Laws are to prevent and prosecute the guilty ones of criminal behavior. Not to make the innocent guilty or worthy of suffering!
    2000 years ago that same somebody said, “which of you can add a foot to your height by thinking it?”, yet we have an elected body of men and women, that think up all kinds of crazy, irrational laws and decrees and then expect them to work?
    What America needs right now is a political genius, supported by intelligent men and women to completely overhaul the corruptible mess both political parties have allow to creep into the system. Yep, I know, I’m asking for too much, but it needed to be said. It not just about raising minimum wage, its a much bigger problem than that…

  • SP_88

    These morons who demand to be paid a $15 minimum wage are soon going to find out why other more intelligent people are against it.
    In reality, the real minimum wage is zero. And that’s how much money a lot of these people who demand a higher minimum wage will be earning. When various forms of automation take away their job, they will get their pink slip along with the real minimum wage.
    When will people learn? When these fools lose their jobs, will they realize that it was because their employers weren’t going to pay them $15 an hour to flip burgers and operate a cash register? It’s a $7 or $8 an hour job, at best. Just because you can’t earn a living and pay all your bills and rent or a mortgage working at a fast food restaurant doesn’t mean that you deserve to be paid more. Poor planning on your part does not create an obligation on my part.
    All the good jobs that paid a lot were run out of the country by our greedy politicians. All the jobs that Obama promised to create turned out to be nothing more than lousy minimum wage jobs that will mostly be lost to automation in a few years. And then there is the flood of illegal immigrants taking jobs that Americans need, a flood that our government refuses to stop using the resources we already have, a flood that was encouraged by the government with their promises of welfare and food stamps and free medical care.
    It seems like no matter what angle you look at it from, our government is always out to screw over the people. They take our jobs and our money. They violate our rights. They poison our water, food and air. And they try to force us to take in more poison with vaccines. And they poison the minds of our children with propaganda and they indoctrinate them in public schools. And if that’s not enough, they have a heavily armed police force that is ready to bust our skulls with their batons and burn our children with flash grenades.
    Nothing the government does is to help us. The only reason they were eager to raise minimum wage was because they knew it would hurt both the business and the employees. And the idiots who were demanding a higher minimum wage obviously have no idea what the consequences of the government forcing businesses to pay more for labor are. But they will.

  • Tom

    Cut income tax and there will be no need for minimum wage. Income tax is illegal.

  • Demonocracy

    Minimum wage; The fault of the minimum wage worker or the central planners in today’s economy?

    If minimum wage was meant to be a stepping stone to get kids introduced to the work world and then “move up” to higher paying jobs later through higher education and training, then why haven’t they done it and many adults of all ages are still working these jobs?

    All the commenters here sticking to the “You’re only supposed to work minimum wage temporarily until you move Up” crowd are blind to the facts surrounding this explosion of minimum wage jobs ONLY in our current labor market.

    The first place to look is the BLS statistics which show that around 80% of the jobs created in monthly job reports have been low paying, non-tradable, domestic service jobs, not STEM jobs. So where are all of the good paying, “move up” jobs? They are in two places.
    1. They are either overseas.
    2. Or they are being insourced by the HB-1visa program here at home.
    Either the case results in displaced American workers being forced into low paying or minimum wage jobs.

    So the causes of this is not the workers themselves, it is state sanctioned greed that is hatched between the marriage of the corporations and the state that made these policies resulting in feudalism. This is not the labor force of a superpower. This is the labor force of a third world banana republic. This cannot be the fault of the workers demanding a living wage either. They don’t make laws or set policy for all.

    The economic and labor market policies implemented by these greedy central planners are summarized as follows;

    Americas fastest growing export is jobs.

    Americas fastest growing import is cheap foreign labor.

    Change these policies and laws back to the ones of the past and people will once again ONLY work minimum wage jobs temporarily and then move up, as the “move up” jobs will be plentiful in the U.S. labor market as they once were. Now with TPP on the drawing board, more American jobs will be offshored and cheap foreign labor brought in, more people will be on food stamps and assistance and more people will complain about it as the misguided people here are and continue to blame the victims and not the perpetrators.

    The U.S. is a 3,794,101 square mile concentration camp that most cannot
    leave, but any third world toilet bowl mega-breeder can come in.

    • BayouBuddha

      amen

    • sunshine ✓ᵀʳᵘᵐᵖ ˢᵘᵖᵖᵒʳᵗᵉʳ

      A-FUCKEN-MEN to that last line! Did you know that the foreigners come here and have to take 160 hours of classes and THEY GET A FUCKING NEW HOUSE HANDED TO THEM!? THAT is what we work for. To house and feed Turd World filth. So all of this bullshit here about Americans being greedy and blah blah blah is sick.

  • Bubba T

    and as a result we’ll have even more animals roaming the streets but this is what our corrupt fking Govt. wants, complete anarchy so they can instill martial law and get on with their nefarious plans.

    • BW83

      I wouldn’t say complete anarchy is what they crave but they do crave for ever increasing numbers of people to be dependent on their handouts. People rarely bite the hand that feeds them, and so long as they’re fed they stay docile.

  • Frank

    The Law of Unintended Consequences – tends to come around most often on Liberals and their Utopian dreams.

  • komodoman

    Very few cities are threatening to raise the min. wage, yet Wendy’s announces a 6,000 kiosk deployment throughout the country? How is the $15/hr wage a threat in all of the states?

  • nara

    The useful union idiots were sold a bill of lies. We don’t want to pay a burger flipper $15.00 wage for a $20.00 sloppy second’s burger made by a non-English speaking resident.

  • nara

    Many low wage workers are being replaced by kiosk & robot servers that aren’t unionized, YET!

  • nara

    Unemployed burger flippers now future Democrat welfare voters.
    All they wanted was a free ride from us.
    Low wage are a stepping stone to better jobs, go figure.

    • sunshine ✓ᵀʳᵘᵐᵖ ˢᵘᵖᵖᵒʳᵗᵉʳ

      Bullshit. I worked fast food and I never voted Democrat and wouldn’t take a handout to save my life. But I certainly saw every piece of filth that could slither across the borders get everything handed to them! All I wanted was to be able to keep my money and live simply. But you can’t do it nowadays thanks to the turd world invasion. And where are these fabled “better jobs”? Especially if you’re a white man?