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Subway already does this. Funny because that was what Subway used to be known for. (Interacting with your sandwich "Artist")
Their food sucks now. Not surprisingly.
Have you guys ever been to an international McDonalds? Incredibly different experience, not just for a tourist like me but for all of the local people too. I was trying to party in Morocco one time and the most popular damn place was the McDonalds! There was a live band in the back, everyone was on their laptops for the free WiFi, it was well lit, exceptionally clean, and offered a nice respite from 24/7 Moroccan food (plus the golden arch fez on the cashier was just adorable). However, had to go to an underground place to secure myself a nice G&T.
Much different experience in America though.
It's true here in India. In fact some of the fancier ones (McD's) have doormen! i near fell flat on my face when I saw that. And some of their Indianised food is supposedly tasty even.
BUt it's all machine food now. With electronic cashiers, more so than ever.
We're becoming borgs in ways we don't even realize.
it's funny to watch the 'indian shining upper middle class crowd' pay top INR for white trash dining...Pizza Hut, Subway , Dominoes, KFC etc...
Too true. People actually dress up to for "dinner" to these places.
Well, Indian food is good and all, but try eating it 24/7 and you, too, would enjoy the typical American "slumming" experience. If they only knew, though...
Unfortunately the I have not left the Amerikant prison except for Canada eh. America, Canada's Mexico.
It's funny (to me anyway) that McDonalds is trying to become the Starbucks of fast food. People tell me their coffee is good too.
I love diarrhea as much as the next guy, but I find it hard to eat their garbage since Ronald put his hands out to the taxpayer as well.
Think about how much better the world would be without the taxpayer propping up the undesirables of this world.
Just thinking about this gave me a chubby.
I generally make a conscious decision to never eat the infectious waste that is served at this particular establishment, however I did order a meal from MD while visiting Rotterdam back in '87. I only knew a few words of Dutch, so the ordering process was a bit confusing. I think I still have the receipt in a souvenir box somewhere. I'm not sure exactly why I decided to keep it.
Has anyone noticed that Timothy "Eraser Head" Geithner looks considerably like the creepy original McDonald's Hamburgler?
So the much touted McHiring was nothing more than an act. Hypocrisy.
Speaking of hypocrisy, the Governator, who used any and all oportunnities to attack illegal mexican aliens has just admitted that he has a half mexican son:
Donald Trump no go in 2012.
Terminator no go in 2012.
Arnold can't be president. He wasn't born in Kenya.
I knew he was a Keynesian!!!
I knew he was a Keynesian!!
Now? Their food was always terrible.
agree....if you could eat a picture of the burger you're supposed to get maybe it would taste better.
Copper slang for a burger and fries is gut bomb and a sack of snakes. They are major consumers.
Sooo, now they will fire those 50,000 people they just hired last month? or was it last week. These Corp boys need a PR Road Map
In most major America cities, a good chunk of the population is illiterate (47% illiteracy in Detoilet). Those people are the customer base for McDonalds. Dumbed down food for a dumbed down population
It was inevitable with the advent of both Asimo and Watson. They will merge those together and make them cheap in about 10 years and then first 10% then 20% then 50% of the labor force will become unemployable within another decade or so. Fun times are coming!
There are always potential jobs available for everyone. Legal liability and regulatory barriers cause unemployment.
Yeah, because people who make $7/hour are living like kings. Let's cut it in half so we can magically claim unemployment is lower. Damn those OSHA requirements for a safe work environment. Just faggy liberal red tape that makes good, white businessmen cry into their pillows at night.
Those blue-eyed devils always keepin the brothas down.
Heh, I have been working for years on the forefront of making people absolete. I am saying that a new societal order will be required because there will be virtually 0 humans employed in services/manufacturing fields. Most clerical and even a lot of white color jobs will not be outsourced, but permanently replacedwith machines as well. I would say you will start seeing it in the next 10 years culminating in about 20-30 years from now.
Oh we're already seeing it. The fact is that we only need a small fraction of the populace to produce everything anyone might need or want. The vast majority of people today are doing make-work jobs, even now. Pushing paper selling paper- corporate and government bureaucrats. The trend will continue. In the end, once we find a way to adjust to this reality, it could be a good thing. But we are living in the past, and there will be great pain until we change the nature of our hierarchies.
In the middle ages, it took the peasantry about 10 hours of labor a week to provide for themselves and their masters. Something to think about.
The homeless will purchase the millions of cars and electronic gadgets produced by the machines and robots.
In reality, there are a few jobs that robots and computers can't do. Construction, maintenance and repairs on machinery, medical field, fine dining, farming, etc.
Farming... now there's a thought. Why don't we all become farmers before the rush?
I guess farming is beneath the elites like you. How about construction? Electrician? Plumbing? There will still be jobs, but not enough for 6 billion people.
For a long time the advent of robots was supposed to free all humanity to a life of leisure. Perhaps the actual has something to do w/ concentration of wealth and of ownership of capital ?
Who needs robots if you have a cell phone and a vending machine?
Without people, who videos the transgender beatdowns?
I'm reminded of the Nutrimatic™ Drink Machine from the Sirius Cybernetics® Corp...
Good luck with that, people are too stupid to know The Benbernank is killing them, you think they can order a happy meal on their own? Where's the NO PICKLES button? Ha.
This is what I was thinking. Half the customers don't know what they want after waiting on line for 10 minutes, don't see a self-order line helping that.
On the other hand, it could eliminate the half-hour delays that always result from someone being handed their bag and saying, "Hey! I ordered pies, not fries!"
It's right next to the 'Any' key...
Already happening at Home Depots, too, with self-checkout.
Walmart has self-checkout and many other places.
Soon to be replaced:
Gas station attendants
Wouldn't surprise me if the BLS adds jobs done by computers to the labor statistics to put some really rosey lipstick on this pig.
Gas station attendants have already gone the way of the dodo bird unless you live in NJ. Or are you talking about the person inside the convenience store that sells gas to get you to buy the coffee and muffins?
If you add a cash feature at the pump to accompany the credit/debit feature and replace the convenience store attendant with a vending machine type machine then you have eliminated those jobs right there.
You might need a guy to come by periodically to facilitate restocking/refueling.
That is tremendously capital intensive. Raise the minimum wage a few more time and that might happen. Further, the likelihood of vandalism destroying said capital would be too high for most convenience store owners to handle. Further, beer and wine sales would be difficult or impossible without human judgement.
In the first year you would be saving $15,080 in a state with a minimum wage of $7.25 p/h. A state where it is higher, let's say where min wage is $8 p/h you are saving $16,000. This assumes 1 employee working a typical 40 hour week.
Over the course of 10 years you will save (with the conservative $7.25 p/h) roughly (not taking into account future min wage increases over a 10 year period) $150,000. And that is PER employee, which many stations have several employees on the pay roll and stay open 24/7. Like I said that $150,000 is for 1 employee working a standard 40 hour work week.
What is more captial intensive?
==> In the first year you would be saving $15,080
You'd be saving quite a bit more than that. Employer share of SS and Medicare, worker's comp, unemployment, and all the various other expenses, on top of the $15 KiloBucks in salary.
Have you ever been inside of a convenience store? We're not talking about one or two vending machines here, but DOZENS. You would need machines for coffee, machines for doughnuts, machines for candy (easy), drinks (easy), bread, milk, plates, plastic cutlery, motor oil, window washing fluid, etc, etc, etc. How many hundreds of thousands of dollars would that number of vending machines cost?
And again, how many are going to be destroyed each year by vandals?
If it was cheap and easy to do, it would have been done already. Automated checkout works in grocery stores and fast food restaurants because there are other employees there. In a convenience store, the attendant does everything from providing security, to cleaning the bathrooms to making change to restocking. Might be able to get away with cutting down on the number of people at larger convenience stores, but you are going to need SOMEONE there, for security if nothing else.
Make the entrance/exit an armored airlock mechanism, and keep the customers under surveillance. When the system detects vandalism, just seal the perpetrator in the airlock as he leaves, gas him into unconsciousness, and send a security-bot by to scoop him up and drop him into an onboard wood-chipper.
Sure maybe it's capital-intensive, but it would be efficient. And anyway, they can just print more money or something.
Where's a RoboCop® when ya need one? :>D
It won't happen. The majority of convenience store profits come from alcohol and tobacco sales. You can't sell those from a vending machine.
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