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The Half-Wit Who Works
About 18 Hours Everyday

January 11, 2008


Gintautas Stasys Zavadzkas Leon ( The Shrimp List has been rather quiet


A man owns a small shrimp farm in central Florida.

The Florida State Wage and Hour Department heard that he was not paying proper wages to his help and sent an agent out to investigate.

“I need a complete list of your employees and how much you pay each of them,” demanded the agent.


“Well,” replied the farmer, “there’s the farm hand who’s been with me for three years.  I pay him $400 a week, plus I give him free room and board.”


“Then there’s the cook.  She has been here for 18 months, and I pay her $250 per week, plus I give her free room and board.”


“Finally, there’s the half-wit who works about 18 hours every day and does about 90% of all the work around here.  He makes about $50 per week, pays his own room and board, and I buy him a bottle of Vodka every Saturday night.  He also gets to sleep 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.


Sources: 1. The Shrimp List (a mailing list for shrimp farmers, “”).  Subject: The reality.  From: Gintautas Stasys Zavadzkas Leon.  January 4, 2008.  2. Bob Rosenberry, Shrimp News International, January 11, 2008.

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