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[–] Trippin0ut 0 points 79 points (+79|-0) ago 

McDonalds was working on these well before the fight for 15 even began, they didn't just miraculously appear. It was going to happen regardless, but I'm sure all the protests helped speed things up.

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[–] Kal 5 points 43 points (+48|-5) ago  (edited ago)

Dude, shut up, we have a narrative to frame here.

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[–] hypercat 0 points 11 points (+11|-0) ago 

Exactly. Arbee's was a front runner in touch screens. Too bad the people who ordered couldn't figure it out and needed a human to yell at when they experienced user error.

Sure, some jobs might be lost, but there is always going to be a few humans working because their customers are fucking morons.

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[–] GimmeTheUsual 0 points 16 points (+16|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Can't help but think of that scene in "Idiocracy" where the woman is beating on the Carl's Junior food dispenser, saying it didn't give her any food, just an empty box. Then naturally, she gets sprayed and nearly arrested, lol.

Most retail customers are fucking idiots. The display has to be simple as shit, no error codes allowed, and no major decisions to be made other than shoving their sticky ham-hands on the picture of what they want to increase their waist size with.

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[–] thrus 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

No kidding they already had near dummy proof systems for the cashiers, they will just clean it up a bit and put less on each screen at one time then turn the displays around so they face the customer. though this is not going to help grandpa get just his senior coffee in the morning.

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[–] verifex 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Yeah, I think they have been testing them in various markets for a while. They did this at the Jack in the Box and Panera near where I live, and I think it didn't go as well as they would like. Nobody wanted to use the damn things because they sucked and broke.

So they need to make them more durable and easier to use, plus it shouldn't take longer than asking the guy behind the counter, "I want a number 1 with no onions", which is a surprisingly high bar for technology.

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[–] WitnesstheSalt 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago  (edited ago)

They need to be durable enough to take a shoulder block from a drunk five minutes before closing. You know, someone who's too drunk to hit the Cheesy Chalupagorditaco button but drunk enough to hit the whole fuckin' thing from a football stance.

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[–] orange_viper 1 points 2 points (+3|-1) ago 

Yep, think they're in every store in the UK.

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[–] creep 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

They're also a vector for disease. A million filthy fingers molesting its greasy surface with a thousand viruses.

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[–] Englebert 0 points 47 points (+47|-0) ago 

McDonalds can straight up go fuck itself. Their cheeseburgers taste like cardboard anyway.

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[–] tanukihat 4 points 40 points (+44|-4) ago 

Frankly I'm glad. Sure it sucks for the high-schoolers and immigrants and uneducated who rely on McDonald's welfare jobs, but let's be honest, who wouldn't want to punch their fast-food order directly and accurately into a touch screen, rather than try and explain the concept of "no onions" to a Guatemalan FOB?

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[–] MyNameIsBing 1 points 13 points (+14|-1) ago 

Me too. Interacting with a robot is to much easier than a person.

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[–] molehairz 0 points 11 points (+11|-0) ago 

fast food is probably one of the more degrading jobs available. if weve reached a technological level where humans don't need to work these mindless jobs then i say its a good thing.

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[–] TheDude2 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Interacting with someone who speaks the language is much easier than going to a McTard.

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[–] Anon34470 1 points 6 points (+7|-1) ago 

i order my burgers with "no sauce" (no mayo, ketchup, mustard, special saucen etc. etc) then you have to explain it.

made me think I was the only person that ordered burgers like that.

until one day while i was waiting for my order someone comes in after me and ordered exaxtly like I do. then the same person made him explain what "no sauce" was.

this was some other fast burger place.

as much as it sucks it'll probably save money on wasted food. people will only be able to blame themselves on misordered items.

i ordered no pickles

sir your receipt clearly says extra pickles

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[–] Was_This_Name_Taken 1 points 5 points (+6|-1) ago 

People are retarded. I bet when many of them say no sauce, they mean they special sauce and not mayo, or some shit like that. If you didn't want any of that, just say no condiments like a normal person.

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[–] canbot 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

This is the first I hear of no sauce. How is the cashier supposed to know which sauce you are referring to? Sauce probably means something different to the next person in line. Do they mean no special sauce? No catchup? Do they think there is a sauce on this burger that isn't even there? Maybe they just want a burger with no cum on it.

Why not just say no catchup or mustard like a normal person?

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[–] dontforgetaboutevil 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

The order still has to be made and that is still done by a human. Not only that but the orders are also packaged by humans. So when your no sauce burger goes out the drive thru by mistake have fun having your explanation conversation again.

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[–] Mr_YUP 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

i've done that at wawa. didn't want mustard but hit mustard by accident.

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[–] firex726 1 points 5 points (+6|-1) ago 

That's why I like the Taco Bell app. I can make my order however I like and submit it when I arrive.

Only time I need to talk to an employee is to pick it up.

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[–] nakk 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Nice try, Taco Bell marketing team

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[–] Frenchgeek 6 points 3 points (+9|-6) ago  (edited ago)

So now you'll have to explain the concept of "no onion" to a chinese made software with the help of indian tech support?

( While your guatemalan FOB get to be the one who clean the shop and the machines for a better pay. )

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[–] tanukihat 0 points 17 points (+17|-0) ago 

Have you ever used a computerized ordering system? They've had them at Sheetz for years now. You touch the button that says "onions" and it puts an X over it, indicating no onions. In a two-step process between the order taker and the order maker, it removes half the human error in getting the right fuckin' sandwich, which you'd think should be easy but no.

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[–] Kookus 0 points 25 points (+25|-0) ago 

Yet there's no $15 minimum wage, and these things are popping up in countries other than the US. Fun fact: businesses don't hire people because they like to enrich the masses; they hire people to fill demand because they have no other choice. If a business can replace you with automation at a price point lower than your wage, you will be replaced, and the cost of automation is headed only in one direction.

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[–] wesofx 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

Yup. People have no upfront cost, but demand a wage. Robots have a large upfront cost, but they work for free.

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[–] Dumb_Comment_Bot 0 points 11 points (+11|-0) ago 

Minimum wage for robots!

I haven't been paid in years!

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[–] DickHertz 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

On the flip side they don't buy anything either so once we're done replacing everyone with robots they can all sit there and rust because nobody can afford to buy anything at any price.

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[–] tomlinas 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Nitpicking, but they don't work for free. They do require servicing, and their software requires maintenance. Those costs have to be wrapped into the robot fleet vs. human workforce discussion.

That said, working in a heavily automated workplace, robots are a lot more reliable and consistently hardworking than most people.

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[–] vacvape 1 points 0 points (+1|-1) ago  (edited ago)

"Work for free".. rethink your shit. For example, how free do they work exactly when there are no paying customers?

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[–] Bing11 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

You're 100% correct, and this is true of ALL professions. Tollbooth workers took hits with EZPass and fast-food workers will do the same. Self driving long-haul trucks will cause MASSIVE unemployment. There will be PLENTY of jobs, but they'll be high-skill only (the ones which haven't been automated--yet). Politicians will pander that they "created millions of jobs" (if they're in office) or that if you elect them they'll fix the obvious problem of "millions of unemployed just need to be matched with the millions of open jobs", ignoring the issues of skilled work.

It will be fascinating moving forward... meanwhile I just suggest everyone learn to code. Algorithm engineers will be one of the last jobs to go, but even it will.

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[–] thrus 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

sorry you have to bounce forbes 2 to 4 times before you don't get a welcome screen, I have no idea how to bot that other then just archive it 5 times and take the last one.

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[–] derram 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

The archives work fine because archive.is has a workaround specifically for forbes, but whenever my bot is the first to archive something it has to grab the original page for the title and I don't have said workaround -w-

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[–] SpaceCpt 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

Big Mac with extra onions, got it.

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[–] dan_k 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

Large biscuit with extra batteries, got it.

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[–] 18934732897 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

It is hard to understand why you would want that, the least that can be said is that it's unusual. I'd probably make you clarify:

You mean.. inside the sandwich... on top of the chicken patty ?!

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[–] hypercat 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Extra pickles either = no pickles or pickles on the side when I order. :(

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[–] Mosin91 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Because only southerners and uneducated savages put pickles on their chicken? Ah but I repeat myself there...

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[–] dynamiteVacancy 2 points 8 points (+10|-2) ago 

You mean I don't have to deal with shitty 30-somethings who don't give a shit about their job and would rather complain about not making enough money than look for a better-paying job? Is there even a downside?

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[–] hypercat 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

Ours hire retards from the local halfway house. Like actual retards.They get a tax write off for it.

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[–] Vaati 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

That's actually... not half bad, depending on how efficient of workers they are. It takes a group that might not be able to work a higher level job and gives them means to not be completely dependent on disability checks.

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[–] Super_Cooper 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I prefer retards to minorities, so that's a bonus. At least retards look funny and make me feel grateful that I am not retarded.

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[–] creep 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Depends if the food is made by robots, too. Then there's no fear of boogers in your burger.

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[–] Saufsoldat 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

Good, this would've happened anyway.

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[–] Le_Squish 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

They already have hot meal machines in Japan and have for years.

They just want to scare people into not protesting by pretending like they had not already planned to nuke these jobs.

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