replacing cashiers with touchscreens. (McDonald's is refurbishing in general. SNL mocked it, saying McDonald's is not a destination, it's a place where you end up.) The company says it's part of a movement to make its restaurants more convenient and convivial. "Convivial"? Do they know what that word means, or did they just say it for alliterative purposes?
Anyway, touchscreen checkouts aren't the future, they're the present. Major grocery chains out here--and I'm assuming elsewhere--allow you to buy your items via computer. So how much longer before the local Mickey D's follows suit? But it's scary to contemplate the day when "hamburger flipper" jobs are gone. They may not pay well, or be very fulfilling, but they're stepping stones for young Americans into the labor force.
My first regular job (which only lasted a few weeks before I got something better) was working at a fast food place. I learned the joys of mopping, washing windows and rejuvenating the frier. I wish I got to flip burgers.