Fast food strikers: meet your replacement robot

Yesterday saw a nationwide agitprop effort in the guise of a “fast food strike.” Funded by the hard left SEIU and intended to generate low income voter turnout in November, the stunt included a rash of arrests. The Huffpo approvingly reported:

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- About two dozen of this city's fast-food workers marched Thursday afternoon to a street corner that's home to a McDonald's, a Wendy's and a KFC. Calling for a living wage of $15, they seated themselves in the middle of a freeway entrance, backing up traffic as far as the eye could see.

Charleston police were eventually forced to pull them out of the street one by one, citing them for disorderly conduct in what were deemed "non-custodial" arrests. All told, 18 people -- most of them earning right around minimum wage -- were arrested next to the McDonald's parking lot. (snip)

In instances that HuffPost could confirm, police arrested 47 people in Kansas City, Missouri; 27 in West Milwaukee, Wisconsin; 19 in New York City's Times Square; 30 in Detroit; 11 in San Diego; 8 in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania; seven in Miami; and three in Denver. Police also confirmed 19 citations in Chicago; 10 in Indianapolis; 13 in Hartford, Connecticut; and 10 in Las Vegas. In most cases, the arrests and citations came after protesters were blocking traffic. (snip)

In fact, it isn't always clear how many of the people participating in a protest are striking workers.

Exactly. This is not a real strike, it is a propaganda exercise aimed at fomenting anger that could turn into voting for Democrats in November.

Meanwhile, with perfect timing, a company called Momentum Machines debuted a hamburger-making robot capable of turning out 400 burgers per hour, without needing break time, health care insurance, or $15 per hour.

Dylan Love of Business Insider:

The company's robot can "slice toppings like tomatoes and pickles immediately before it places the slice onto your burger, giving you the freshest burger possible." The robot is "more consistent, more sanitary, and can produce ~360 hamburgers per hour." That's one burger every 10 seconds.

The next generation of the device will offer "custom meat grinds for every single customer. Want a patty with 1/3 pork and 2/3 bison ground to order? No problem." 

Momentum Machines cofounder Alexandros Vardakostas told Xconomy his "device isn’t meant to make employees more efficient. It’s meant to completely obviate them." Indeed, marketing copy on the company's site reads that their automaton "does everything employees can do, except better."

If you want to earn more than minimum wage, get some skills, work hard, show up on time, and you will get ahead. That’s why a third of the population of Mexico would like to come to this country, and why immigrants from all over the world come here and prosper. The progs want to obscure this reality and gin up resentment. In doing so, they impoverish the people they supposedly want to help.

Yesterday saw a nationwide agitprop effort in the guise of a “fast food strike.” Funded by the hard left SEIU and intended to generate low income voter turnout in November, the stunt included a rash of arrests. The Huffpo approvingly reported:

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- About two dozen of this city's fast-food workers marched Thursday afternoon to a street corner that's home to a McDonald's, a Wendy's and a KFC. Calling for a living wage of $15, they seated themselves in the middle of a freeway entrance, backing up traffic as far as the eye could see.

Charleston police were eventually forced to pull them out of the street one by one, citing them for disorderly conduct in what were deemed "non-custodial" arrests. All told, 18 people -- most of them earning right around minimum wage -- were arrested next to the McDonald's parking lot. (snip)

In instances that HuffPost could confirm, police arrested 47 people in Kansas City, Missouri; 27 in West Milwaukee, Wisconsin; 19 in New York City's Times Square; 30 in Detroit; 11 in San Diego; 8 in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania; seven in Miami; and three in Denver. Police also confirmed 19 citations in Chicago; 10 in Indianapolis; 13 in Hartford, Connecticut; and 10 in Las Vegas. In most cases, the arrests and citations came after protesters were blocking traffic. (snip)

In fact, it isn't always clear how many of the people participating in a protest are striking workers.

Exactly. This is not a real strike, it is a propaganda exercise aimed at fomenting anger that could turn into voting for Democrats in November.

Meanwhile, with perfect timing, a company called Momentum Machines debuted a hamburger-making robot capable of turning out 400 burgers per hour, without needing break time, health care insurance, or $15 per hour.

Dylan Love of Business Insider:

The company's robot can "slice toppings like tomatoes and pickles immediately before it places the slice onto your burger, giving you the freshest burger possible." The robot is "more consistent, more sanitary, and can produce ~360 hamburgers per hour." That's one burger every 10 seconds.

The next generation of the device will offer "custom meat grinds for every single customer. Want a patty with 1/3 pork and 2/3 bison ground to order? No problem." 

Momentum Machines cofounder Alexandros Vardakostas told Xconomy his "device isn’t meant to make employees more efficient. It’s meant to completely obviate them." Indeed, marketing copy on the company's site reads that their automaton "does everything employees can do, except better."

If you want to earn more than minimum wage, get some skills, work hard, show up on time, and you will get ahead. That’s why a third of the population of Mexico would like to come to this country, and why immigrants from all over the world come here and prosper. The progs want to obscure this reality and gin up resentment. In doing so, they impoverish the people they supposedly want to help.