Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Farmer wages aren't all that good
A man owned a small farm in Missouri.
The Missouri State Wage and Hour Department claimed he was not paying proper wages to his help and sent an agent out to interview him. The agent starts out demanding:
"I need a list of your employees and how much you pay them,"
"Well," replied the farmer, "I have four farm hands that have been with me from three to five years. I pay them each $200 a week plus they get free room and board."
"Then there's the cook that has been here for 18 months. I pay her $150 per week plus she also gets free room and board."
"Then there's the half-wit who works about 10 hours every day and does about 50% of all the work around here. He makes about $115 per week, pays his own room and board, and I buy him a bottle of bourbon every Saturday night. He also sleeps with my wife occasionally."
"That's the guy I want to talk to. The half-wit!" says the agent.
"That would be me," replied the farmer.