Wendy's is turning to self-service ordering kiosks to offset hikes in the minimum wage.
The fast-food giant announced that the kiosks will be made available across its 6,000-plus restaurants in the second half of 2016.
It will be up to individual franchisees to determine whether or not to utilize the labor-saving technology.
In addition to self-order kiosks, the company is planning to deploy mobile ordering and mobile payment technology by the end of the year.
These changes come after California Gov. Jerry Brown and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation which will raise the states' minimum wage to $15 per hour.
Many have speculated that the rising minimum wage could lead to the elimination of many lower wage jobs and more work being done by robots and machines.
Stuart Varney said on "Fox and Friends" asserted that the push for a higher minimum wage is directly responsible for an increase in automation.
"They want a living wage for everybody who has a job. They're ignoring those youngsters who get in at an entry level position at a lower wage to figure out what's going on [in] the economy," Varney said.
He said this is destroying jobs, particularly entry level jobs.
"That's what's really upsetting about this ... It's a tragedy."
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