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Hilarious: lefty flips out
over billboard explaining
consequences of $15 minimum wage

American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson

Original Article

Posted By:trapper, 7/20/2014 1:09:58 PM

The left-leaning tech blog Pando seems to be angry about a lot of aspects of reality.* Witness David Carr flipping out over this billboard that he spotted in San Francisco, “walking home from Pando’s office a few nights ago.” The billboard just educates people about reality. If you raise the cost of labor, then it becomes economical to replace labor with automation, in this case touch screens, which are declining in cost as labor prices itself out of the market through high minimum wages. Seems pretty basic. But Carr goes a little nuts, throwing around words like “screwing,” and impugning a person linked to the billboard.

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Hmm. Not a bad idea. If I can scan my own groceries at checkout, why can´t I punch the buttons that say "Cheeseburger, fries, vanilla shake" myself? No more having to explain it with sign language to someone who begins our interaction with "Hola""

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Balogreene, 7/20/2014 1:34:47 PM     (No. 9932832)

Several restaurants around here have the screens on their tables. No more waiting for waitstaff to take your order, bring refills, or bring the check. Makes the experience nice, in some cases.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: OhMy, 7/20/2014 1:37:55 PM     (No. 9932833)

Follow the link to the leftie flipping out over the need for higher minimum wage. Sure it would be great to pay everybody more but where does the money come from? If the restaurant or business goes out of business and the worker loses his job is that OK? The leftie just assumes there is plenty of money to pay whatever the worker needs and gets upset if the employer doesn´t pay it. Will he go to the restaurant anyway if the prices are tripled to pay the wage? I am sure he never thought of that! He would be the first to ditch that restaurant and go elsewhere on the theory that the owner was making a killing with these high prices. Does the leftie ever stop to ask himself if big government and high taxes have to be paid out of the business? Not likely. The employer totes up the cost of having a minimum wage unskilled employee and finds it is many times more than what he is paying the employee directly. The employee takes home his pay and if he worked hard or long enough may have to pay taxes and he can´t live on what is left and he cannot work or produce enough to be worth what he is costing the employer. The employer is hated for causing the problem but the big government is running away with all the loot and getting none of the blame for the problem! Did anyone make this point to the empty headed leftie? When big government stirs up hatred against business for these problems they need to be challenged but they never are.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: horacer, 7/20/2014 1:42:00 PM     (No. 9932836)

Poor baby had a hissy fit. You already see this happening in fast food restaurants. A kiosk is much more efficient. $15 minimum wage also means higher FICA and unemployment taxes.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 7/20/2014 1:51:58 PM     (No. 9932840)

@#2: There is no convincing the Left. They live on emotion, not critical thought.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Safari Man, 7/20/2014 2:29:34 PM     (No. 9932873)

It was Paul Carr not David Carr.

In any case, I would rather interact with a touch screen. It can be difficult understanding the Central American Spanglish of many of the fast food workers. I only wish they would replace the food preparers with robots -- who knows what sort of diseases those (probably illegal) workers are carrying?


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Reply 6 - Posted by: nevernaught, 7/20/2014 2:37:21 PM     (No. 9932883)

Indeed, the left lives in the stone age. Unions are living in the past and employers now automate jobs and have more salaried employees working on site that aren´t unionized.

Strike a corporation and they can easily move to other states that offer lower taxes and employer benefits. They can also move their production factories to foreign countries where people want to work without union agitation. An excellent example is the Ford factory in Brazil. Every subcontractor is located on site and they dredged a deep water harbor to ship the cars.

Keep increasing the minimum wage and jobs in this country disappear. Those indigents that you allowed to invade this country without regard to public health, bring disease and still throw used toilet paper on the floor. That is when they use restrooms.

Soon this won´t even be rated as high as a Third World country. Liberals doing what they do best... messing up everything they touch.


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Reply 7 - Posted by: pinger, 7/20/2014 3:07:37 PM     (No. 9932903)

Whoever said "The road to hell is paved with good intentions" foresaw the Left´s attack on our here-to-fore free society.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Spidey, 7/20/2014 4:49:02 PM     (No. 9933002)

Everybody on this site and millions of others knew deBlasio would be a disastrous mayor of NY but that somehow escaped the voters there.Liberals want permissive parents as political leaders but that comes with a price of incompetence,flushing millions down the rathole etc.

Thanks to Obama and deblasio,homeless people are on the rise in NY.Nobody will house these illegals so they´ll become street people also.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: snakeoil, 7/20/2014 4:51:23 PM     (No. 9933006)

I doubt a Touch Screen could determine if I´m entitled to a Senior Citizen Discount. What´s the magic about $ 15? If 15 is good, 30 would be twice as good. Cut the minimum wage to zero and let the market dictate what someone is paid. And refuse to give anyone food stamps if there are job openings.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: lil dotty, 7/20/2014 5:09:24 PM     (No. 9933023)

A touch screen over the garbled voice of the computer auto greeter, please. The local McDonad´s here has an auto greeter who states with each visit..."Welcome to McDonalds´ I can take your order when ready. Today we have a special of strawberry cheesecake (which, by the way was quite delicious)

However, at the next window one finds an actual person to take your money and hand you your items (to find they STILL were unable to get your order right_).

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Reply 11 - Posted by: kono, 7/20/2014 5:28:26 PM     (No. 9933033)

When minimum-wage positions are superseded by touch screens and voice-recognition interfaces, there will open up a need for people to install, configure, supervise, maintain, and repair those systems. Those job skills will be in demand for the near future.

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