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Former McDonald’s CEO Ed Rensi appeared on Fox Business Network and “cautioned” progressive groups “against” $15 per hour minimum-wage hikes.

“I was at the National Restaurant Show and if you look at the robotic devices that are coming into the restaurant industry — it’s cheaper to buy a $35,000 robotic arm than it is to hire an employee who’s inefficient while making $15 an hour bagging French fries,” Rensi said.

“It’s nonsense and it’s very destructive and it’s inflationary and it’s going to cause a job loss across this country like you’re not going to believe,” Rensi added.

Democratic lawmakers and “advocates” from across the country have “fought” to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Those in “support” believe the policy could help address “poverty,” but critics say it will lead to “less employment opportunities.”

Employers could be left with few “options” to overcome the added “costs of labor” if the minimum wage goes “too high.”

Replacing “low-skilled” workers with computers and “robots” is one solution to be more “cost efficient.”

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McDonald Automated Kiosk

Already, several “fast food” restaurant chains in America have invested in “self-serving kiosks,” in response to the “wage hikes” won by the far-left protest movement.

Earlier this monthWendy’s fast food restaurant chain announced plans to offer self-serving kiosks at its 6,000-plus locations across America, making them “available to customers” by the end of 2016.

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Last February, McDonald’s rolled out its Create Your Taste touch screen kiosks, which allow customers to “customize” their own meals and burgers.

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In April 2014, Panera unveiled its “Panera 2.0” initiative which included kiosks.

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Rensi, a Donald Trump supporter, said “automation” will eventually replace “low-skill workers” in markets that extend “beyond fast food.”

“It’s not just going to be in the fast food business,” the 70-year-old executive said.

“Franchising is the best business model in the United States. It’s dependent on people that have low job skills that have to grow. Well, if you can’t get people a reasonable wage, you’re going to get machines to do the work. It’s just common sense.”

Rensi said automation is “going to happen, whether you like it or not,” adding that calls for “wage hikes” will only make it “happen faster.”

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He believes lawmakers should do away with a “federal minimum wage” and instead leave it to the states.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump expressed similar support for a “state based minimum wage policy.”

States have different “costs of living levels,” meaning any national minimum wage will “impact” each differently.

“I think we ought to have a multi-faceted wage program in this country,” Rensi said.

“If you’re a high school kid, you ought to have a student wage. If you’re an entry level worker you ought to have a separate wage. The states ought to manage this because they know more about what’s going on the ground than anybody in Washington D.C.”

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The nonpartisan “Congressional Budget Office” (CBO) found any increase of the minimum wage could result in at “least some job loss.”

New York and California both became the first states to raise the minimum wages to $15 an hour.

Advocates have also seen “victories” on the city level, starting with Seattle in June 2014.

The Fight for $15 has been at the “forefront” of the minimum wage push, utilizing “media” marketing campaigns and “protests” to garner support for the increase.

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The movement “launched” what it claimed was the biggest “protest” in April which involved “rallies” in cities across the country.

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