Carl’s Jr. CEO Claims Robots Are Going to Wipe Out Fast Food Jobs

Tina Rivera
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 A fully automated restaurant called Eatsa so inspired the CEO of Carl's Jr. that he is now threatening to replace his employees with robots due to the rising cost of labor.

Andy Puzder, the outspoken CEO of the fast food chain, clearly has a lot of negative feelings about raising the minimum wage. He recently told Business Insider of his plans to open an employee-free restaurant. “I would like to try it,” said Puzder. "We could have a restaurant that's focused on all-natural products and is much like an Eatsa, where you order on a kiosk, you pay with a credit or debit card, your order pops up, and you never see a person."


Puzder claimed that with the government driving up the cost of labor, the number of jobs would ultimately be driven down. And in his case, robots would be the ones taking the jobs of humans. “You’re going to see automation not just in airports and grocery stores, but in restaurants.”

"They're always polite, they always upsell, they never take a vacation, they never show up late, there's never a slip-and-fall, or an age, sex, or race discrimination case," Puzder said of the benefits of a machine-run restaurant.

"If you're making labor more expensive, and automation less expensive—this is not rocket science.”

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Puzder, who is apparently not a fan of the Millennial generation, also noted another reason why a robot-run restaurant would be beneficial to society.

"Millennials like not seeing people," he said. "I've been inside restaurants where we've installed ordering kiosks … and I've actually seen young people waiting in line to use the kiosk where there's a person standing behind the counter, waiting on nobody."

Puzder ended his rant by criticizing the top two 2016 Democratic presidential candidates. "This is the problem with Bernie Sanders, and Hillary Clinton, and progressives who push very hard to raise the minimum wage," said Puzder. "Does it really help if Sally makes $3 more an hour if Suzie has no job?"

Carl's Jr. employees appear to be safe for now, as a timeline for replacing Puzder’s workers with robots has not been determined. 

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