Government Investigates RancherPosted: October 18, 2011
The Montana Department of Employment, Division of Labor Standards claimed a small rancher was not paying proper wages to his help and sent an agent out to investigate him.
GOV’T AGENT: “I need a list of all of your employees and how much you pay them.”
RANCHER: ”Well, there’s only two here. There’s my hired hand, who’s been with me for 3 years. I pay him $200 a week plus free room and board. Then there’s the mentally challenged guy.
The mentally challenged guy works about 18 hours every day and does 90% of all the work around here. If he’s lucky, he makes about $10 per week. He also pays his own room and board, but I buy him a bottle of bourbon every Saturday night so he can cope with life. Occasionally, he also gets to sleep with my wife.”
GOV’T AGENT: “That’s the guy I want to talk to – the mentally challenged one.”
RANCHER: “Sir, that would be ME.”
Though this is obviously a joke, I remember Farmer D telling me shortly after we got married, that “no one farms for the money.”
I thought he was kidding.