7-Eleven Posts Joke About Pay Day And Social Media Doesn’t Like That

7-Eleven Posts Joke About Pay Day And Social Media Doesn’t Like That

Convenience chain store 7-Eleven has had to apologise after posting a picture on Facebook joking about what to do ‘when pay day hasn’t come’ amidst allegations the company underpays and overworks staff.

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The Facebook meme was promoting the upcoming ‘7-Eleven Day’ this Saturday when the chain will offer a free medium Slurpee or regular coffee with any purchase.

The photo of a young man out on date outside a 7-Eleven outlet was captioned “When pay day hasn’t come but you want to spoil bae …”

The meme posted to 7-Eleven's Facebook page this week.

Facebook users were unimpressed with the joke following a joint Four Corners and Fairfax investigation which found 7-Eleven was underpaying a number of overseas student workers and expecting them to work twice as long for half pay rate. Internal company documents showed 69 per cent of 7-Eleven stores had ongoing payroll issues.

Facebook commentators attacked the deleted post:

“The irony of 7-Eleven putting up a meme with ‘Is it pay day yet'”

“What if payday hasn’t come because you’re illegally underpaying workers?”

“I can win $711? That’s almost a month’s wage for a 7-Eleven employee.”

7-Eleven social media managers have since posted an apology and commented on people’s complaints, encouraging them to direct their complaints to a hotline and a website.

B&T recently interviewed PR professionals about 7-Eleven and what the company should do to address the exploitation claims.