Minimum Wage Machine – Work in Progress
Posted on: April 6, 2018 - In: Everything
Recently I came across of this picture, it is from 2016 and I thought that the same still applies even more. If you earn a decent living, it’s easy to wonder why the hell someone would do any job for such a tiny amount. You might sympathize if they were to, say, opt out of the pointless drive for full employment. Maybe you’ll start to realize that nobody should be subjected to soul-crushing robot work for so little compensation, and “being lazy” has little to do with it.
When cranking out pennies from the Minimum Wage Machine, it’s hard not to feel more empathy for the people flipping your burgers or manning the dressing room at Walmart. Especially when you remember that, by low-wage-job standards, the Minimum Wage Machine is pretty cushy: no rude customers, no danger, and a workout for your shoulders and triceps to boot.
The minimum wage machine allows anybody to work for minimum wage. Turning the crank will yield one penny every 4.00 seconds, for $9.00 an hour, or NY state minimum wage (2016). If the participant stops turning the crank, they stop receiving money. The machine’s mechanism and electronics are powered by the hand crank, and pennies are stored in a plexiglass box. The MWM can be reprogrammed as minimum wage changes, or for wages in different locations.
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