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McDonald's to Test a Big Mac Vending Machine

They're calling it a Big Mac ATM, which indicates that someone doesn't know what ATM stands for. But this is really happening. On January 31st, hungry people in Boston will have the opportunity to order McDonald's Big Macs from a vending machine. You can select from a Big Mac, a Mac Jr, or a Grand Mac. If no one likes the experiment, they'll call it a publicity stunt. If it goes over, you'll eventually see these in McDonald's outlets all over, and there will be no need for front counter staff. That means the fast food industry will no longer have to hire as many unemployed factory workers or overqualified college graduates.


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The FEBO fast-food chain in the Netherlands has had automats for decades. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOppaHSnXQg . Including selling burgers. In all the debate about how raising minimum wage will end up causing fast food restaurants to switch to automation, I haven't heard discussion about why they got rid of automation in the first place, or why McD's in countries like Denmark, where counter staff get $20/hour, hasn't yet switched there to more automation.
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