McDonalds Responds To Minimum Wage Hikes, Launches McCafe Coffee Kiosk

Tyler Durden's picture

When it comes to jobs growth in the US, all one can say is thank god for waiters and bartenders: after all, a Starbucks barista is precisely what a recently fired oil chemical engineer making half a million dollars really wants to do with their life.

 

However, the days of easy job gains for the BLS may be coming to an end (even if on a seasonally adjusted, goalseeked basis the trend has a long way to go).

According to Brand Eating, fast food king McDonald's has been spotted testing a self-serve McCafe coffee station/kiosk out in downtown Chicago. The station is located in the restaurant but apart from the counter and looks to be a theoretically more convenient way for those who just want a cup of coffee to skip the regular line (while also freeing employees from having to make each drink in the back).

In essence, this is the company's latest venture to make employees responsible for one less task as corporate HQ slowly but surely responds to minimum wage hikes sweeping all states, and in the process, outsource its minimum wage workers to simple machines which will never unionize or have any demands aside from being cleaned occasionally.

As shown below, the coffee station includes a touchpad for ordering and paying (it appears to take credit card only), a beverage spout, and a dispenser for cups.

 

According to Brand Eating, "drink options include lattes, mochas, and cappuccinos that are customizable with various flavorings, types of milk, and amount of espresso. There doesn't seem to be an option for drip coffee. The price for the drinks is $2.99. The concept and set up is very similar to McDonald's Create Your Taste customized ordering available at some restaurants.

The idea makes a lot of sense seeing as, here in the U.S., the McCafe espresso and steamed milk is automatically dispensed from a machine anyway, with syrups added after accordingly. What they've basically done here is put the dispenser on the other side of the counter and added automation for the syrup and ordering/payment.

 

At the very least, having a touchscreen menu to look through is much preferable to me than the video screen menu at my local McDonald's that intermittently plays a montage of the drinks so that I have to wait through to see the menu.

What's next? Why more of this of course.

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Goldbugger's picture

The Robots will take over fast food.

hungrydweller's picture

Damn well hope so. At the robot will get my order correct.

Stackers's picture

$3 self serve coffee
Inflation ? What inflation ?

skinwalker's picture

Perhaps automats will come back into style. 

Bilderberg Member's picture

"In the year 2025, if man is still alive...

Your arms hangin' limp at your sides
Your legs got nothin' to do
Some machine's doin' that for you"

LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD's picture
LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) Bilderberg Member Apr 6, 2016 12:00 PM

This will be a dilemma for the illiterate contingent of the FSA (a large portion).  Can't read, can't order.  Hopefully pictures will do the job.

Many nut-job states will pass laws requiring the robots to use 267 different languages and dialects.

But, in the end, people will like robots MUCH better than humans.  I certainly like my ATM machine better than my tellers who pretend to be my best friend, asking me all kinds of focus group tested "I'm your best friend" questions (while I'm thinking "why are you asking me this.  you don't know me.").  The ATM just gives me my money or takes my deposit then leaves me alone - like I want.

MasterControl's picture

As soon as McDonlads goes full robot I will start eating there again.

BeerMe's picture

You would assume the food would turn out better automated.

froze25's picture

Anyone got any good stock picks for automation / robotics that will soon make a ton of money replacing people?

wee-weed up's picture

It wouldn't surprise me to see the Gubbermint try to find a way to tax any device that replaces a human worker.

Citxmech's picture

If Micky-Ds goes full-on Automat - the inside won't look all nice and clean like that I'll bet - It'll be a graffiti-sprayed, pissed-on, stanky hell hole.

Leopold B. Scotch's picture

This whole lack of jobs thing will be solved by time travel.

 

Look out past, you're about to get some serious illegal immigration!

 

Really, some day going to run a campaign on that as a jobs program.

PT's picture

That's how we know time travel will never exist.  Otherwise entrepreneurs from the future would already be building factories in the past so they can get the cheaper labour (and less govt regulation).

Leopold B. Scotch's picture

Might make for nice welfare reform.  No more subsidized baby mamas and daddies siring 20 kids.  Just send them back to bust your ass, get married  or starve eras.

0b1knob's picture

Would you like an order of EXTRA BIG ASS FRIES with that?   Idiocracy predicted this years ago.   Idiocracy is prophetic.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5d7SaO0JAHk

 

 

Look closely at the name of the robot.  OMNIGRO.

cheka's picture

at our mcd would be better to use the money to hire security guards

and metal detectors

boattrash's picture

HaHa! Lots of low-wage workers "Feeling the Bern"!

zeronetwork's picture

What happened to the McDonalds drive thru where orders were taken by a guy sitting in Bangalore.

Stuck on Zero's picture

The business to get in to is dispensing machine repairs. Guaranteed that machine has 40,000 moving parts including valves, sliders, pumps, sensors, actuators, and 5D gizmachees. All made in China. All controlled by seventy four multi-core ARM M1s with 16 data busses, five independent uplinks, 9 smart power supplies, and R2-232 controlling the essential controllers. Software would be a fourteen level Windows CE RTE install.  Worse, that machine will be set up in Flint Michigan where the water will corrode everything exploding the control valves and power acid and lead all over the electronics.

JamesBond's picture

Luckily this machine comes with a 'spit' option  to maintain that uniquely McD's coffee taste.

 

jb

old naughty's picture

"The robot will take over..."

redundant humans!

Soon, signs will be posted: "Serving all specis, no Humans"

Stainless Steel Rat's picture
Stainless Steel Rat (not verified) ufos8mycow Apr 6, 2016 10:52 PM

Yay! This is creating higher paid robot and kiosk manufacturing jobs!  Maybe $15/hr isn't enough!

Automatic Choke's picture

"The business to get in to is dispensing machine repairs. Guaranteed that machine has 40,000 moving parts including valves, sliders, pumps, sensors, actuators, and 5D gizmachees. All made in China. All controlled by seventy four multi-core ARM M1s with 16 data busses, five independent uplinks, 9 smart power supplies, and R2-232 controlling the essential controllers. Software would be a fourteen level Windows CE RTE install......" 

Hey, StuckZero, I love folks who overdo their engineering.  When they get lost in the tangle, they come to me.  I replace it all with a single ARM7 cpu with no OS, coded in bare assembly.  Damn fast and codespace efficient, and never a worry of what the system or compiler is doing wrong.  Archaic, but very robust, and my customers keep coming back for more once they get a taste of it.....

 

Whoa Dammit's picture

This is just like the skanky office coffee vending machines of years ago. I bet it even comes complete with soured milk and a dead floating roach. 

Most restaurants can't even keep the supply tubes on the soda dispensers clean, but they are gonna be expected to maintain robotic food machines. LOL.

Intoxicologist's picture

I recommend you avoid cheese factories as well. 

Frankie Carbone's picture

Welcome to Carl's Jr. Fuck You, I'm Eating!

jus_lite_reading's picture

Nobody and I mean NOBODY could have seen this coming!

/sarcoff

Oh the sweet irony that most Bernie supporters are probably going to lose their jobs under his plans. Get me off this stupid planet!

COSMOS's picture

Next up walk into McDonald's NO EMPLOYEES,  just VENDING MACHINES

JLee2027's picture

Very Japanese of you.

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

Well maybe because this is Chicago they were just tired of replacing all the help who got shot. Bulletproof robots maybe the answer.

Miffed

l8apex's picture

Just arm the robots, what could go wrong?  

Citxmech's picture

That's all we need.  An ED-209 x Tay hybrid Robo-terminator. . . 

NidStyles's picture

At least Tay knew who the enemy was before she was wiped.

Lore's picture

It is sad that entry-level jobs are drying up.  What are young people to do for their first paycheque?  Where are they to find marketable skills?  All the manufacturing is outsourced, and now the service level is under attack on multiple fronts. 

DON'T FEED THE BEAST.  Boycott any outfit that goes for this sort of technology. 

When opportunity is destroyed at home, governments controlled by international banksters and corporatists usually contrive reasons to send our young people off to WAR, and that really shouldn't be an option. 

brak's picture

Didn't Southpark already cover this with the goobacks?

Dey took errr jurbs!

SeekingNuNormal's picture

People who live in the past are RAYCISS!  #PastLivesMatter

motorollin's picture

That's how many of them are now.

scam_MERS's picture

@ Citxmech: "If Micky-Ds goes full-on Automat - the inside won't look all nice and clean like that I'll bet - It'll be a graffiti-sprayed, pissed-on, stanky hell hole."

 

So, pretty much like today, then?

 

COSMOS's picture

Where is the button for PISS in my coffee?  Will an employee regularly top off that tank attached to the coffee machine or will there be a direct connection to the urinal.

darkpool2's picture

Swipe credit/payment card at the entrance doors to gain admittance. There, that will keep the unwashed out......

Leopold B. Scotch's picture

Not going to happen.  Imagine the Roomba on Steroids!

Miles Ahead's picture

Damn Robot Coffee.  I want what them Japs got...

https://www.rt.com/viral/338662-virtual-reality-sex-suit/

James Brown (Get On Up) was a prophet.

TerminalDebt's picture

google, they will replace cab drivers. No more cab mafia