Panera CEO Supports Raising Minimum Wage, Replacing Cashiers with Computers

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Once again we see the strange logic (or lack thereof) of Liberal Progressives. Lib Progs are leading the charge for Federally mandated higher minimum wage even while the more informed among them recognize that a higher minimum wage will cut already scarce jobs.

Here we see a “Progressive” business owner who gladly supports the minimum wage but at the same time supports eliminating many of his minimum wage workforce with computerized robots that will replace minimum wage human workers in most food service restaurants.

From The Washington Free Beacon:

Panera Bread CEO Rob Shaich, a Democratic donor and minimum wage supporter, recently announced that he will be replacing cashiers with computers.

Shaich, who donated $35,800 to the Obama Victory Fund, said he wanted the minimum wage raised as long as it applied equally to all,according to Tim Carney of the Washington Examiner.

My question: Will Shaich pay $10.10 an hour to the kiosks he plans to install in every Panera in America? Businessweek tells that at the coffee and sandwich shop, you’ll soon be ordering through a touch-screen kiosk. Shaich insists this won’t lead to downsizing: Panera will have fewer cashiers but more employees running the food to customers’ tables. We’ll see.

I’ve written before about companies like Costco and Walmart supporting hikes in the minimum wage, knowing this will adversely affect their smaller competitors.

P.S. One angle Shaich may not be considering: When the computers rise up against the capitalists, then we’re really in trouble.

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1 Comment

  1. insideguy

    May 13, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    Maybe you should get all the facts. The computers are not replacing anybody , but shifting where the labor is being put. This means more people making the food and not standing around. However , you should also be aware that while he may act like he supports a higher minimum wage , all the general managers have been yelled at for having an average wage higher than $10 an hour . So maybe do some actual journalism .