Restaurant Labor Shortage Answered: Robots

Thanks to government policy, we have a labor shortage.  Watch as the robots starts delivering food at restaurants instead of humans.  Add to that the boxes on tables where you can order your food—and pay for it.  Thanks to the increase in the minimum wage and welfare benefits, it is difficult for restaurants to get workers.  Now there is an answer.

“Sugar Mediterranean Bistro, located on 10628 Trinity Parkway in north Stockton, is looking to meet demand with the help of a robotic food runner.

“Right now, I send food to the table right there in the middle while I get drinks for somebody else,” general manager Ana Ortiz said.

Staff loads the meals onto the robot’s trays and with markers that look like dominoes taped to the ceiling, it whirs, moves and delivers.

“I thought it was great,” Estela Medina, a customer, said. “We were excited when it brought us our food. We even took a picture because we were so excited. It was the first time we’ve ever had that.”

The future is not plastics, it is robots—and Democrats and unions have to be thanked for ending so many human jobs.

Stockton restaurant’s robotic helper offers hand while owner seeks new staff

HANOVER, GERMANY – MARCH 20: The robot “Nao” performs Tai Chi at the IBM stand at the CeBIT 2017 Technology Trade Fair on March 20, 2017 in Hanover, Germany. “Nao” has a face detection and can either play football, teach Tai Chi or just entertain. The 2017 CeBIT will run from March 20-24. (Photo by Alexander Koerner/Getty Images)

KCRA,   7/28/21  Kay Recede    

STOCKTON, Calif. —

After more than a month since stay-at-home orders were lifted in California, businesses have been struggling to hire. One restaurant owner in Stockton has found a creative way to make up for his shortage in staff.

Sugar Mediterranean Bistro, located on 10628 Trinity Parkway in north Stockton, is looking to meet demand with the help of a robotic food runner.

“Right now, I send food to the table right there in the middle while I get drinks for somebody else,” general manager Ana Ortiz said.

Staff loads the meals onto the robot’s trays and with markers that look like dominoes taped to the ceiling, it whirs, moves and delivers.

“I thought it was great,” Estela Medina, a customer, said. “We were excited when it brought us our food. We even took a picture because we were so excited. It was the first time we’ve ever had that.”

While a robotic server does serve for some entertainment, Medina said she also hopes staff are being paid livable wages.

Ortiz said she — like many in the food industry — has been trying to increase her staffing but is struggling to woo new hires even at competitive wages. She scheduled six interviews, and despite all of them saying they would come in, not one of them actually showed up.

Ortiz is appreciative of the immediate remedy for her situation that is the robot. But she said a robotic hand is no substitute for the real thing. The restaurant’s managers and owners are looking for servers and bartenders.

“This thing by no means replaces an employee. By no means is it taking somebody’s job away, because we still want to hire people. We still want people to come in and work with us,” Ortiz said.

Ortiz added that the robot is being used as part of a two-week trial, but the bistro plans on keeping it after the trial.

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Comments

  1. Dr. Trent Saxton says

    No mask needed, no benefits needed, no work comp issues, always on time, no sick days, and they do what you download them to do. The perfect NON-Unionized employee…that minds the boss and doesn’t complain.
    No wonder that Democrats hate robots.

  2. Fran Freedle says

    Food service jobs offer new workers an opportunity to learn the responsibilities of working – showing up on time, ready to work, with a service attitude, fulfilling tasks assigned to them. Without this entry-level experience how will new workers learn about the world of work – or is this just another opportunity to pamper the “me first and only” generation?

    • I think you nailed it with the “me first and only” comment. They’ve been bred to believe they should own the company, not do any work for it.

  3. Karen Ward says

    Apparently, Fran, you didn’t read the article stating 6 interviews were scheduled and not one person showed up. If a business can’t get the needed workers, the owner has to do something or the business is gone.

  4. Tracker 1 says

    As we move into the AI world humans will be far less needed – especially those of minimum skills. These persons will become increasingly more dependent on government for survival. That means more money must be created to pay for this upkeep. Taxes will cover part of the cost but printed money with no backing will provide the most – until money has very little value. By that time those in need will vote for anyone who will take care of them. That is already well underway. At some point soon the line will be crossed where all assets and printed money will no longer work. That is when a power, probably a nation, will become the dominate controller of all. Humans will only be valuable as long as they serve the needs of that power. Between a reducing birth rate, abortion, force sterilization, mass methods of murder and other strategies the population will be reduced significantly. After that???

  5. Newsom is going to tax the robots!

  6. Cherrill Clifford says

    And we won’t have to worry about their spitting in our food because we are wearing a second amendment, pro-life shirt or Republican shirt.

  7. When Ortiz mentioned, “…scheduled six interviews, and despite all of them saying they would come in, not one of them actually showed up”. According to EDD, people who are unemployed due Covid lay offs, have to “actively” looking for employment and they are. EDD didn’t specify, must have an actual interview. Kalifornia gets better. Wait. Is it worst?

  8. Really??? says

    There you go….. another reason why Democrats are killing the job ethic, and the ability to understand work.

    Raising a generation of dolts, who think physical work is beneath them.

    Just wait until they need a plumber.

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