Obama Donor Wants Higher Minimum Wage, Replaces Cashiers with Computers


This is crony capitalism class warfare. It’s practiced by large companies that find ways to raise expenses for small businesses in ways that won’t affect them.

Panera Bread CEO Ron Shaich is one of those “responsible” corporate executives. You know, the kind who give $35,800 to the Obama Victory Fund, and support a higher minimum wage. The Economist reported late last year:

Ron Shaich, the boss of Panera, a chain of 1,800 eateries, is an exception in the industry; he backs an increase in the minimum wage so long as it applies to everyone.

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.

Sure it will. Until there’s a downturn in profits or a slowdown in growth. And then those employees will be out on the street… with their higher minimum wage.

Larger chains are going with tablets and kiosks. They can absorb the hit and push for higher costs for smaller businesses. And there’s a pattern of this convergence of big business phony class warfare and automation.

Subway CEO Fred DeLuca announced that he is in full support of a minimum wage increase for his employees at the fast food chain. He stated that he did not think that it would be bad for his company or his workers, and thought the minimum wage should be adjusted so that wages would automatically increase with the rate of inflation.

Sure, there will be just be fewer workers as we move to a European economy with higher pay and few jobs.

  • Ban Liberals

    Is this the same Subway that capitulated and caved and bowed to the Mooslims and brought Islamic Halal sharia food to Europe’s Subways?


    Take your Subway Halal, your minimum wage, your kiosks, and shove it all where Halal belongs.

  • TheOrdinaryMan

    So why should Shaich stop with cashiers? After he gets rid of the cashiers, he can get rid of some of his bakers, too. Instead of making bagels from scratch,(more expensive), he can just order them frozen, put them in a steamer, and they’ll be ready to sell in few minutes. So who needs bakers? Greedy bast**d.

  • VHG1

    Does anyone remember Horn & Hardart Cafeterias in NY? Bring those back

    • cxt

      I loved those places—they had something like it overseas.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Those were neat. I’ve seen an attempt at an automat a few years back in NYC but it shut down.

  • Lightbringer

    Nothing new or surprising here. Late 19th – early 20th century regulations on a variety of businesses in the name of workers’ rights and safety, food safety, and so forth were developed with the help and at the request of the giants in those businesses so that they could drive smaller competitors out of business.

  • cxt

    Basic econ–what is seen and not seen.
    Everyone can see that the min wage has gone up. Much harder to see the “downstream” effects. Like fewer people being hired, more automation, higher workloads from the people left, less hours being worked etc.

  • ferdberful

    Completely stuck on stupid with SUPER GLUE!

  • The March Hare

    And the higher minimum wage serves as the springboard for unions to push for higher wages and sooner or later, all wages are bumped up along with all prices being bumped up causing purchasing power to remain the same or decrease. Fewer people will have jobs and we will just be dealing in higher numbers. Then after a while, it will start all over again.

  • WillielomanIII

    Any CEO that states he/she is for a higher minimum wage is full of it. If they believed that higher wages for their employees was a positive thing, they would have done it already.