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Low Wages

A man owned a small farm in West Texas. The Texas Wage and Hour Department came to visit, investigating a report he was not paying proper wages to his help. "I need a list of your employees and how much you pay them," demanded the agent. "Well, there\'s my hired hand who\'s been with me for 3 years. I pay him $600 a week, plus free room and board. The cook has been here for 18 months. I pay her $400 a week, plus free room and board. Then there\'s the half-wit that works about 18 hours a day. I pay him $10 a week and buy his chewing tobacco," replies the farmer. "That\'s the guy I want to talk to; the half-wit," says the agent. The farmer says, "You are talking to him." Thanks, Patsey in Schenectady, NY