Government Investigates Rancher


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.

He wasn’t.

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