The next time you grab some fast food, don’t be surprised if robots are flipping your burgers and serving your fries.
Fast-food chains have ramped up automation to replace workers who left the service industry in droves during the pandemic. And analysts say the trend could eliminate many unskilled jobs as labor costs increase and a recession looms this year.
Hamburger chain White Castle is installing “Flippy” in 100 restaurants — nearly one-third of its locations — over the next two years. The mechanized arm operates a french fry station, moving baskets of frozen potatoes in and out of boiling oil.
“Team members are grateful,” Jamie Richardson, a White Castle vice president, told The Washington Times. “Flippy works the fryer proficiently and is appreciated by the teams working in the restaurants.”