California’s New $15 Minimum Wage Having “Unexpected” Results

Democrats have successfully been able to convince millions of low-skilled workers that a $15 per hour minimum wage is the panacea for all that ails them financially, but it’s just more liberal snake oil that’s actually against their own self-interest.

The truth is that the “Fight for $15” is one of the greatest con jobs in recent political history, as cynical politicians have not been honest with the rubes and suckers who they pander to. It may feel good to march around with signs and protest in front of Mickey D’s, but in the long-term, a mandatory wage hike will be harmful to those who are fighting the hardest to make it a reality.

Charlatans like Bernie Sanders and his ilk are being dishonest to the extreme by not leveling with people that increased labor costs – especially for low and unskilled work – will only push employers to automate their processes and eliminate jobs.

This is currently happening as restaurants, retailers, and manufacturers, who are experimenting with such technological innovations as order-taking kiosks, automated kitchen equipment, and even robotic order pickers in warehouses.

Welcome to the future, and contrary to the Democrats and their union stooges, there is no future for the $15 minimum wage.

Signs of this can already be seen in California.

Via the Sacramento Bee, “The downside of California’s $15 minimum wage may be more automated jobs”:

Outwardly, the McDonalds restaurant just off Highway 101 in Pismo Beach doesn’t look any different from the 1,500 or so others in California.

But when you walk into this one, you immediately encounter a robotic kiosk that allows you to order your hamburger or other fast food on a touch screen, rather than verbally with a human worker at the counter.

Faced with rising labor costs, thanks in part to a big boost in California’s

It’s an experiment in automation, or at least mechanization, to reduce operational costs, and not the only one.

minimum wage, and shortages of workers, employers throughout the state are trying to replace human labor with machines.

Amazon’s highly automated warehouses that have seemingly sprung up overnight throughout the state are testaments to that desire, as are intensified efforts in large-scale, labor-intensive agriculture to develop machinery that can handle even the most delicate crops such as strawberries.

While workers with high technical skills and/or high levels of education will still command high pay and have no shortage of opportunities in California, there’s a lot of turbulence in the lower realms of the state’s job market, such as fast food and agriculture.

Not only are fast food chains like McDonald’s moving toward automation with self-service kiosks, but Walmart is experimenting with in-store droids to monitor inventory levels. Last year, Fortune cited a study that nearly half of all retail jobs will be automated in ten years.

From a customer perspective, there is much to like about automation.

Food orders will be more accurate, hot, and devoid of the inevitable stray hair shed by fast-food workers who don’t practice proper hygiene, and prices will be kept down. Many grocery and other retail outlets have already gone to self-service checkouts, which if you don’t mind bagging your own groceries, are able to make sure that some low-wage prodigy isn’t putting the real potatoes in the same bag as the potato chips.

What would most behoove those who have been seduced by the siren song of Sanders and other Democrats would be to try to lift themselves out of their existing situations by getting educated, learning a trade, or working to start their own businesses, all of which are far better than aspiring to little more than $15 an hour to be a griddle jockey or counter attendant.

Times are changing, and businesses are doing what they must to adapt to outside pressures in order to remain competitive – in this case it’s automation, and all of those gullible folks who can’t understand that a $15 minimum wage will only increase their own living costs, force cutbacks in hours and staffing levels, and ultimately put them out of their jobs altogether are being hoodwinked.