Will The Machine Ask If We Want Fries With That?

May 16, 2011

Saying that it thinks the move might make its fast-food restaurants just a little bit ... well, faster ... McDonald's is going to put touchscreen terminals in some of its 7,000 restaurants in Europe, The Financial Times reports.

And, it is increasing the use of debit cards in the region — meaning customers might not have to dig through the seats of their Fiats for change.

All told, the FT says, the president of McDonald's Europe thinks the changes would make "average transactions three to four seconds shorter for each customer."

Hold on. Three to four seconds?

That doesn't seem like much.

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