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From: David McCray
Date: Nov 7, 2011 5:18 PM
Subject: Government Investigates Rancher

The Montana Department of Employment, Division of Labor Standards investigated a claim that a small rancher was not paying proper wages to his help and sent an agent out to investigate him.

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GOV’T AGENT: “I need a list of your employees and how much you pay them.”

RANCHER: ”Well, that’s easy. 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. He works about 18 hours every day and does about 90% of all the work around here. He makes about $10 per week, pays his own room and board and I buy him a bottle of bourbon every Saturday night so he can cope with life. He also sleeps with my wife occasionally.”M/p>

GOV’T AGENT: “That’s the guy I want to talk to - the mentally-challenged one.”

RANCHER: “That would be me.”

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