The Montana Department of Employment, Division of Labor Standards investigated a claim that a
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 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
GOV’T AGENT: “That’s the guy I want to talk to - the mentally-challenged one.”
RANCHER: “That would be me.”