Unions have focused their “Fight for 15” minimum wage movement on food service workers in large corporations. Across the country, support has been growing.
Ironically, those big corporations are the most prepared to compensate for increased labor costs with “Smart Dining” — replacing workers with machines.
Restaurant chains are incorporating Smart Dining that will hedge against rising labor costs. Chilis, Applebees, and Buffalo Wild Wings have already begun using table tablets for many waiter tasks, as demostrated here:
In simpler times, it was called the corner drug. In both small towns and urban cores, it was a lifesaver. Neighborhood pharmacists knew their customers and their idiosyncrasies, and doled out sage advice along with brown bottles.
Fifty years ago, little kids could buy penny gumballs and ride coin-operated broncos at their local drugstore. Big kids could hang out at the soda fountain and sip real cherry Cokes.
Ladies could browse tidy aisles stocked with talcum powder, hair curlers and Toni home perms. Contrite husbands could slink in and buy last-minute cologne spritzers and boxed chocolates for forgotten birthdays and anniversaries.