McDonald's Europe has now converted 7,000 of their franchises into "service kiosks". Like many American youth, European kids have found working at McDonalds beneath them. Accordingly, McDonalds has cut their franchise work force in half simply by employing "dumb terminals" in place of "dumb juveniles". Customers no longer have to wait for a teen counter worker to cease picking his nose or one involved in a fit of giggles with a fellow teen. They simply walk up to the order terminal, push the same buttons found on the McDonalds register and send their order to the kitchen.
The kitchen help does their usual routine of microwaving a previously cooked burger, scoops up the fries and shuffles the bag either to the counter or to the drive-thru window.
So, as our own crop of spoiled nearly illiterate millennials demand $15 dollars an hour to man a fast food counter, McDonalds needs only to gear up a billion dollar capital tax credit and install those electronic kiosks in their American restaurants and send the miscreants back home to mom and dad…so they can ask to have their weekly allowance geared back up.
Pardon me for laying the "old fogie" lines on you, but when I was a kid, we would have killed for a fast food counter position! Our only employment opportunities back then were working in the farm fields, mowing lawns, or sweeping popcorn out of the theater for fifty cents an hour and a free movie ticket.
Now, I'm not denying that McDonalds is a great big old capital enterprise, with an eye toward the bottom line….but I also know that the company, having suckered them into their restaurants since they were pre-schoolers, really do want to lend a "hand-up" to teens. It's an effort to instill the McDonald's culture in them for life. Alas, fast food franchises were never meant to be permanent careers; they were to be entry level jobs that taught teens how to show up for work, take a measure of instruction from an adult, make a little date money while attending high school or college, then move on to real careers! I once read that one in five teens in prior generations had, at one time or another, worked for McDonalds, and that three in ten teens had worked for some other fast food franchise.
Alas, spoon fed by the liberal ilk, who begin the indoctrination in grade school, kids today have developed that same sad "victim" mentality that three generations of Blacks enjoy; Capitalist pigs "owe" them a hand out simply because they have the money to do so.
So, the Occupy crowd, and the Obamanites of recent years, now march in the streets and demand $15 dollars an hour to flip a burger and put a pickle on it. And our Socialist President speaks for them and against the capitalism that brought us prosperity for a couple of centuries.
So, Mickey D, deploy your "dumb terminals"…it's my guess those electronic kiosks have about a 20 point IQ advantage over the current crop of millennials.