This is sierra's more practically minded friend, and I would like to point out that robots have been tried in fast food before. McDonald's tried to automate drink dispensing back in the late 80s/early 90s, and they could never program a robot with a fine enough touch to consistently put drink lids on correctly. The process itself just has too much initial variation with how the lid starts to initially fit over the cup, so the robot can never assess and properly manipulate the lid into place. Not to say the motion can't be taught, and vision systems can't be calibrated to to detect misplaced lids, but the fine variation to make the task quick, accurate, and repeatable is prohibitively expensive. On the other hand, a job is only worth what people are willing to pay for it. It is the nature of everything of material value in this world. I can go grill a burger myself in 15 minutes, maybe less if I prepared a fresh patty before hand. Lets say I make $15.00 an hour. Should I pay someone $3.75, or 1/4 of the value of an hour of my time to prepare me food? Or should I save the money make some food my own damn self. Now lets raise that minimum wage from 8.25 ( in illinois where I am) to 15.00 an hour. That food, which currently could cost twice that, or about $7.50, at some fast food places already, can no longer be made for 3.75. Assuming it even could in the first place. That minimum wage goes from 8.25 to 15.00, nearly double, what is going to happen to the price of food? I'll bet it nearly doubles. After that, this only affects everyone up to the new minimum wage. And now suddenly everyone at or above the minimum wage, their money just suddenly lost value. Increasing the cost and price of common goods has negatively impacted them because the government didn't suddenly force a pay increase for them. Our economy is at a fragile enough balance as it is. Our government already adds abouts 100 new regulations to the market every year that cost at least $180,000,000 each, in some cases per company, and not just the industry as a whole. Arbitrarily inflating ALL minimum wage jobs is going to much more expensive. If you want more money, go learn how to do something other people can't do, and some small company wants someone who can do it. Become more valuable by learning to do things everyone can't. Everyone can cook, thanks to microwaves. Everyone can clean, even if they choose not to. These jobs are cheap for a reason, its the price we're willing to pay to not have to do this ###### ourselves. You jack up the price, people stop paying, and then where will you be?