CEO OF JACK IN THE BOX IS ONE REAL JACK ASS
Just when you thought that an out of touch corporate exec couldn’t prove to be even more out of touch. The CEO of Jack in the Box is Leonard Comma. He doesn’t seem to understand that he owes his fortunes to all the employees who have ever worked at the company. Profits are what are left over after expenses. Expenses like salaries and wages. But like so many other execs, Comma doesn’t seem to understand that the period of profit gouging is approaching an end. So why the fuss? Comma stated that there is a very strong chance that higher wages would force him to fire his staff and replace them with robot workers. Someone appears to have a stick shoved up his semi colon. Comma, that is.
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His comments were unrepentant. “As we see the rising costs of labor, it just makes sense.” That’s what he said at the latest ICR Conference in Orlando. But 2018 is seeing a wage increase in 18 US states. One of those states is the home state of Jack in the Box, California. California saw the minimum wage go up to eleven dollars so far this year, on track to $15 by the year 2023. But Comma is no stranger to testing out automation. His company has played with the idea of automated checkout kiosks for the last nine years. But so far, Comma finds them too expensive to install.
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But Jack Ass in the Box is not alone. Wendy’s, McDonald’s and several other smaller chains have begun using automated kiosks. But they haven’t been quite as obtuse as Comma about why. McDonald’s, for one, has tried to market the automation. They say that there would be no loss in employment, just that jobs would be moved over to other services, like concierge and table work. So far, there’s no real way to measure that statement as true or false. But a cynic would jump in an obvious direction. So far, we already know that industrial robots have gutted employment and staff wages. Many industries like banking and retail expect to dramatically cut labor costs with automation.
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So thanks, Jack Ass in a Box. At least you’re honestly greedy with the pink slip invasion to come. Maybe robot workers will even deliver those, too.