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McDonald's hires 7,000 touch-screen cashiers
cnet ^ | 5/17/14 | Amanda Kooser

Posted on 05/16/2014 8:28:54 AM PDT by Baynative

The touch screens will only accept debit or credit cards, adding to the slow death knell of cash and coins. This all goes along with an overall revamp of McDonald's restaurants worldwide aimed at projecting a modern image as opposed to the old-fashioned golden arches with a slightly creepy (to my taste anyway) clown guy hanging around the french fries.

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Oddly, this first effort at automation is in Europe. But I think its a safe bet that America is next.
1 posted on 05/16/2014 8:28:54 AM PDT by Baynative
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To: Baynative

I wonder if those touch screen systems will demand $15 an hour?


2 posted on 05/16/2014 8:30:14 AM PDT by mothball
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To: Baynative

So much for telling people that they can always get a job flippin’ burgers...


3 posted on 05/16/2014 8:30:37 AM PDT by redhawk.44mag
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To: Baynative

So much for putting loose change into the box to benefit the Ronald McDonald House.


4 posted on 05/16/2014 8:31:01 AM PDT by stars & stripes forever (Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.)
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To: Baynative

One more step to being able to track and isolate consumers. Mark of the beast type stuff.


5 posted on 05/16/2014 8:31:55 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: stars & stripes forever

Only because the current burger flippers are too stupid to know better than bite the hand that feeds them.


6 posted on 05/16/2014 8:32:25 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: mothball

Well, they do pay $21 a hour in Denmark McDonalds, don’t ya know!


7 posted on 05/16/2014 8:32:27 AM PDT by gr8eman (There's no "R" in Warshington!)
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To: Baynative; GeronL
More casualties of the Commie Core math legacy. Kids won't be able to properly give back change, let alone do it quickly.


8 posted on 05/16/2014 8:32:27 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: mothball

The programmers in Indian who maintain their software probably don’t make $15/hr lol.


9 posted on 05/16/2014 8:34:04 AM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: Baynative

These are already in use at all the Sheetz stores in the Maryland and Virginia area. I much prefer to talk to a person.


10 posted on 05/16/2014 8:34:11 AM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: a fool in paradise

What in the world??


11 posted on 05/16/2014 8:34:18 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: mothball

Exactly.


12 posted on 05/16/2014 8:35:50 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: GreyFriar

got to order by computer to get a sandwich at the WaWa - I suspect the order is being translated....


13 posted on 05/16/2014 8:35:56 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: mothball

will the touch screens eliminate jobs?

Will the customers just swipe their debit or credit card, and also punch in their order on a kiosk? Will this eliminate the need for counter help to take people’s orders?

To me, this is a downside of modern systems of using credit and debit cards, in that, there is a trail of everything you do in which money changes hands. We’re losing some privacy rights there.

Suppose the overseers of Obamacare see you are going to McDonald’s and eating junk food too often??? The implications of this are not good.

As of now, it’s fine that we have a choice of spending cash, or using debit/credit cards. To me, it’s a big step to get to where debit/credit cards are required, and cash not accepted.


14 posted on 05/16/2014 8:36:27 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Baynative

prediction: This will fail because too many of McDonalds’ customers are too STOOOOOPID to use them.


15 posted on 05/16/2014 8:36:30 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Baynative

Probably not odd at all. I believe European workers make more money, have more rights and benefits and are therefore more expensive than workers in Asia, the Americas, the Middle East, Africa or Oceania.


16 posted on 05/16/2014 8:36:51 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: Baynative

Why not? That is all the cashiers do today. I tell them I want a #1 and they touch a #1 on the touch screen....Now that the marxists are pushing for “a living wage” we might as well just fire thire buns!


17 posted on 05/16/2014 8:37:00 AM PDT by CSM (Keeper of the Dave Ramsey Ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: GreyFriar

Do the Sheetz stores require that you use a card? Do they not accept currency and coins anymore?


18 posted on 05/16/2014 8:37:25 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: gr8eman

“I’ll have the number 3 with a coke”.

“Ok. That’s a number three with a coke?”

“Yes”

“ok.That will be 275 Kroners”


19 posted on 05/16/2014 8:37:26 AM PDT by mothball
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To: redhawk.44mag
So much for telling people that they can always get a job flippin’ burgers...

I’ve known for years that when worst came to worst, and I got truly desperate, I could go to Labor Ready, sign up, and have some grueling dirty job within a day or so.

I went to Labor Ready this very morning (this was originally posted on the 12th).

Guess what? You can’t just walk in and be a day laborer anymore. Noooooo! You need to be interviewed and get a Tier II background check first.

Oh, and the next available slot for an interview is on the 27th! (in three weeks!)

20 posted on 05/16/2014 8:37:28 AM PDT by null and void (When was the last time you heard anyone say: "It's a free country"?)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Can’t wait to see the video of one of Holders people going ballistic on a machine when she can’t order McNuggets for breakfast.


21 posted on 05/16/2014 8:39:02 AM PDT by rainee (Her)
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To: Baynative

why is a cashier even needed? just cue in what you want and any special orders and go get in line with your number/receipt in hand.

Might get better service and can only blame yourself for improper order OR the employees in the back who put it together. Until we get to the food replicators like on Star Trek...


22 posted on 05/16/2014 8:39:04 AM PDT by sassy steel magnolia
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To: null and void

People need to stop saying...’if you really want to work, you can’


23 posted on 05/16/2014 8:39:08 AM PDT by redhawk.44mag
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To: Baynative

That’s because they have higher minimum wages there.


24 posted on 05/16/2014 8:39:11 AM PDT by aquila48
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“I believe European workers make more money, have more rights and benefits and are therefore more expensive”

Just to nit-pick at you...you are correct that they have a higher fully fringed cost to the employer, but they do not “make more” in net due to their extremely high tax rates. In addition, due to their gov’t policies, they are generally trapped in their jobs, so I wouldn’t consider them as having more rights.

I understand your sentiment tho, the EU fully fringed direct labor rate is extremely costly to employers.


25 posted on 05/16/2014 8:40:08 AM PDT by CSM (Keeper of the Dave Ramsey Ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: Baynative

And the dirty screen dispenses every disease on your hands possible before you eat.


26 posted on 05/16/2014 8:40:23 AM PDT by Proud2BeRight
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To: Baynative

No cash no sale.


27 posted on 05/16/2014 8:40:34 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: sassy steel magnolia

I suspect in 10 yrs, the only humans at a McDonalds location will be for janitorial and logistics.


28 posted on 05/16/2014 8:40:47 AM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: Baynative

The machines will actually deliver orders accurately and promptly, calculate and return correct change, and all without a surly attitude of entitlement.

Still, give it three minutes before the first thugs bash in the machines.


29 posted on 05/16/2014 8:40:56 AM PDT by Loyalist (Now available in organic fair trade gluten-free probiotic industrial strength!)
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To: redhawk.44mag
People need to stop saying...’if you really want to work, you can’

Yeah. That can happen.

See tagline...

30 posted on 05/16/2014 8:41:10 AM PDT by null and void (When was the last time you heard anyone say: "It's a free country"?)
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To: nascarnation

Janitorial? Does a Roomba demand $15/hr?


31 posted on 05/16/2014 8:42:13 AM PDT by null and void (When was the last time you heard anyone say: "It's a free country"?)
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To: nascarnation

Those people need to go and work for the company that employs the people who take two applications a month for Obozocare. You can sit on your sphincter and get paid to surf the web and hit refresh every 10 minutes.


32 posted on 05/16/2014 8:42:43 AM PDT by mothball
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To: Baynative

The Sheets chain has touch screen order entry pads that allow the customer to make a very detailed sandwich and drink order.

Mc donalds and other such already deal heavily in plastic payments. The customer order entry process is but a small step compred to automating the payments


33 posted on 05/16/2014 8:42:46 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: a fool in paradise

Common Core math ain’t new...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkbQDEXJy2k


34 posted on 05/16/2014 8:42:48 AM PDT by john316 (JOSHUA 24:15 ...choose you this day whom ye will serve...)
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To: GreyFriar

I like using them at the Sheetz stores. Wish they would put them at the drive throughs since trying to place an order with people that mumble, can’t enunciate properly, don’t use proper English that can be understood and basically don’t give a Sh!t always ends up with something wrong in the bag.


35 posted on 05/16/2014 8:42:54 AM PDT by MagnoliaB
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To: Baynative

I hope they just have pictures, cuz it wouldn’t be fair to make people have to read.


36 posted on 05/16/2014 8:43:06 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: nascarnation

Yep, it really should be that way now, it’s completely doable.

Imagine a McDonalds the size of a FOTOMAT booth.


37 posted on 05/16/2014 8:43:11 AM PDT by Travis T. OJustice (I miss you, dad.)
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To: CSM

We do not patronize McDonalds. They charged an extra fee to dine in the restaurant to eat bad food in a filthy environment and tables that are not cleaned. We’ll go hungry before patronizing their filth holes again.


38 posted on 05/16/2014 8:43:35 AM PDT by WhiskeyX
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To: Baynative

I’ve thought for years fast food restaurants should install kiosks with queues. That way customers who know what they want don’t have to wait behind customers who don’t.

Coffee shops could have touch screens at the booths. Customers could order right away and wouldn’t have to flag down a waitress for coffee refills.

God bless technology.


39 posted on 05/16/2014 8:44:00 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Hillary may have brain damage, but what difference does it make?)
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To: Baynative

I’m so tired of my orders being wrong at restaurants I’d welcome this change. Part of the problem is employees who don’t speak English! And yes, being born here doesn’t seem to matter how well you communicate with customers.

I’m equally disturbed with, “Go head wit yowr orda” as I am with my “No cheese” request being read back to me as “No queso”. No one is forcing me to buy a hamburger, but they sure are not inspiring me to be a customer either.


40 posted on 05/16/2014 8:46:42 AM PDT by Made In The USA (I'm not yelling, just... just talking enthusiastically..)
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To: redhawk.44mag
“So much for telling people that they can always get a job flippin’ burgers...”

Since they do such a fine job at it and complain about the pay. I would just like for them to get one order correct the first time.

As a business owner I do it all. I don't have anyone to complain to about my pay. If the toilets need cleaning and the trash hasn't been taken out guess who does it? And I don't mind. I like to work and to keep busy. The problem is so many other people don't like to work, they show up for a paycheck. I'm lucky to have people who are more like me. They want to do a good job.

A good manager would tell workers to put up their damn cell phones and pay attention. And to keep the place clean when they aren't filling orders. But many of the managers are as bad as the workers.

BTW, this isn't just a problem at McDonalds. Our Home Depot must lose their butts on plants. No one ever waters the poor things. The place is a mess while ‘workers’ stand around talking to one another. Makes me crazy (crazier). I want to go find a water hose and water the plants...such a waste!

41 posted on 05/16/2014 8:47:10 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: nascarnation

You should hear the screeching when I suggest farm labor as a better paying alternative. The “food services technicians” are above making 10 to 15 dollars per hour for actual work.


42 posted on 05/16/2014 8:47:25 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: stars & stripes forever
So much for putting loose change into the box to benefit the Ronald McDonald House.

You know that every time someone places an order on one of these there will probably be a screen asking if the customer would like to donate.

43 posted on 05/16/2014 8:47:50 AM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: sassy steel magnolia
why is a cashier even needed? just cue in what you want and any special orders and go get in line sit down with your number/receipt in hand.
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Might get better service and can only blame yourself for improper order OR the employees in the back who put it together.

Amen.

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Until we get to the food replicators like on Star Trek 3D printed food...

44 posted on 05/16/2014 8:47:52 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Hillary may have brain damage, but what difference does it make?)
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To: mothball

I don’t mind if people make more money....its just that we’re working so hard in taking humans out of every job I have to ask why would one push harder to that goal?.....


45 posted on 05/16/2014 8:47:55 AM PDT by cherry
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To: Dilbert San Diego

We’ve had these in Wawa for many years now. I love them. You have all the options and toppings right in front of you. When you complete the order you get a slip you bring to the checkout to pay while you wait for the sandwich. It would be nice if they also had a way to pay right on the machine.


46 posted on 05/16/2014 8:47:59 AM PDT by Phillyred
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To: Dilbert San Diego

. . . and for anonymity, people will start buying “cash cards”.

. . which will probably end up requiring ID and having a camera watch you. . .


47 posted on 05/16/2014 8:48:56 AM PDT by Salgak (http://catalogoftehburningstoopid.blogspot.com 100% all-natural snark !)
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To: CSM

and one benefit is that they get much more vacation than the US.


48 posted on 05/16/2014 8:49:39 AM PDT by cherry
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To: Jeff Chandler

Until we get to the food replicators like on Star Trek 3D printed food...

Just use the extruder type printer and use that gooy stuff made from soybeans (TOadFOOd)


49 posted on 05/16/2014 8:50:08 AM PDT by john316 (JOSHUA 24:15 ...choose you this day whom ye will serve...)
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To: Salgak

LOL, they will require ID. But while we take for granted that we need ID for many everyday purposes, certain people fight the idea of needing an ID to vote.


50 posted on 05/16/2014 8:50:55 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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