There are many stores such as dollar stores that make billions of dollars but pay their employees minimum wage. These companies can find billions to buy other companies but find it difficult to pay people a decent wage.
tons of places dont even pay minimum wage. and i really hated it when i worked minimum wage for that year while i was in school. you cant really do anything with your money. and if you get paid bi -weekly you can forget about having any bills to pay PERIOD
Making minimum wage sinks big time. It is so hard for a lot of people to make a living on minimum wage, especially if they have families. As far as I can remember, I've only made minimum wage at one job for a short period of time. I don't know how people feed themselves, clothe themselves, and keep a roof over their head while making minimum wage.
I work from home so that I don't have to rely on minimum wage. It's sad to say that I can make around the same amount of money just sitting on the couch as I would at a fast food joint or at a retail job.
I don't have a wage here in Japan, I have a salary. When broken down though, I make more than minimum wage. But that doesn't stop me from going online and earning a bit of side-money. Every little bit helps.
Getting by on minimum wage would be extremely challenging. I read a book once where the author documented their lives trying to live off of minimum wage. I also think Morgan Spurlok did a documentary on the same concept