Yes. How is a person suppose to survive off of .47 cents an hour? Is not possible. Regardless if it is a student, or an adult living on his or her own with responsibilities, paying someone such a small amount is ridiculous. That student is not working at 7 Eleven for fun. They are taking time out of their social life, taking time away to study, etc to work there, so the student should at least be compensated for their time spent there, and .47 cents an hour is not enough.
Any company as large as 7-Eleven would surely have accounting records and an accounting program that could prove or disprove that it was paying its employees fairly. I do not know of anyone who would continue working for a company that was not paying them fairly right from the start.
I thought there was a minimum wage for a reason. Employment records are subject to inspection by the labor board. How would a company like 7-Eleven think they could get away with paying someone so low? If there is a law suit, as I am sure there will be if a lawyer is involved, then the records will come out and the truth will be told.
7-Eleven is no different than any other business - it must abide by the law and report employee wages. While said reporting places some hardship on the business, the law is the law and the only way that companies like 7-Eleven can be assured of complying with the law is for mandated reporting.
Every employer, including 7-Eleven franchises, should be required to clearly show wages earned, including a breakdown of salary, hourly-rate, overtime and deductions from the check. It is intolerable that mystery remains about how pay scales are determined and how wages are paid out. It is painful enough to have employers take away benefits, give horrible, variable schedules and reap enormous profits while paying mediocre wages, but it at the very least it should be clear how the worker is paid.