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April 10, 2010

Minimum Wage Machine

at 12:19 pm. Filed under Funny Hacks

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If you want to see what you are worth per hour this Minimum Wage Machine would be a great exercise. If you were making minimum wage in New York you would crank the handle and get a penny about every 5 seconds.

Via: Zedomax

“The minimum wage machine allows anybody to work for minimum wage. Turning the crank will yield one penny every 5.04 seconds, for $7.15 an hour (NY state minimum wage). 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 plexiglas box.”



 

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10 Responses to “Minimum Wage Machine”

  1. ChalkBored Says:

    Interesting idea, but it should be put on a stand that doesn’t make it easier to just tip the whole thing over and get yourself a raise.

  2. The voice in your head Says:

    Nice piece of art. One thing that helps to keep you motivated at a crappy job is to calculate just how much you’re making per minute or second, how long it takes to make one dollar, etc.

  3. Thijs Says:

    I can’t stop wondering if someone can think of putting this to a real use… Could the worker generate enough energy to make this profitable? Or perhaps give the worker a task to perform as well, like making certain choices on a touch screen while turning the handle… But how would you be able to tell if the choices were correct, and are of profitable use? (Think for example of assisting in OCR corrections for digitizing hand written documents). The easy part will be replacing the real money with a chip card system 🙂 And then put a couple of these machines in different waiting rooms (e.g. public transport), homeless shelters, and other public places (libraries, shopping malls, etc)… Oh well… probably not possible at all…

  4. Robin Hillman Says:

    Wow, puts a new meaning to ‘the daily grind.’ Taking this one step further, how about every third penny is redirected into a jar labeled “Government”. Depending what the tax rate is, of course.

  5. Whatnot Says:

    @Thijs erm, yes it’s called a ‘job’, were people do halfway usable stuff and get money, don’t bother trying to patent that 🙂 OR.. you’d become really really really wealthy, so see if you can’t patent it in texas or some such place were they patent anything, and remember to send me a few billion for the idea!

  6. ACDC Says:

    @ Robin: Or every third penny goes to a sealed jar labeled TAXES. Money you earned, but you didn’t even get to touch.

  7. Andy Says:

    I like the idea of this. It’s almost a piece of art work. Beautiful one at that, wouldn’t go a miss in the Tate Modern.

  8. Stu Says:

    I could see perhaps adding an electric generator to the hand crank, plus associated circuitry and connections might let the person generate electricity back into the national electricity grid!
    Of course you’ll need to put about ten thousand of these in place in one city to be worthwhile, and have some poor sod stand in the driving rain/hot sun all day cranking electricity!
    I always think practicalities and I know this doesn’t really have a practical use, and I can’t think how much it should feasibly pay out for generating electricity but what the hell!
    If this were in the UK, and it issued one penny pieces at this rate, it would take 13 minutes 20 seconds of cranking to dish out enough for somebody to buy a supermarket chicken sandwich at £1.60! Not a bad way for the poor/homeless to eat, meanwhile feeding back into the system much needed electricity. It would take another 7 minutes to buy a bottled water to go with it!
    It would have to have some mighty mechanical resistance so it generates enuff kilowatts to make it worthwhile I think.

  9. R0ck3t3r Says:

    Beautiful idea! Use it for unemployment and walfare checks. It looks like harder and more boring work than most minimum wage jobs, so the person would be motivated to find real employment. If not, they could always wait in line for their chance to spin the crank.

    If you really wanted to generate power, a pedal system would work better.

  10. Reyes Says:

    hey it can solve 2 problems at once obesity and poverty …….. just instead of a hand crank have a exercise bicycle… and the rest of the other stuff

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