Paddy McGuire, an elderly Irish farmer, received a letter from the Department for Work & Pensions stating they had received a complaint that he was not paying his employees the statutory minimum wage. The letter also informed him that they would be sending an inspector to interview his workers.
On the appointed day, the inspector turned up.
"Tell me about your staff," he prompted Paddy.
"Well," said the farmer, "there's the farmhand. I pay him £240 a week, and he has a free cottage.
'Then there's the housekeeper. She gets £190 a week, along with free board and lodging.
'There's also the halfwit. He works a 16-hour day, does 90% of the work, earns about £25 a week plus a bottle of whisky and, as a special treat, occasionally gets to sleep with my wife."
"What!" exclaimed the inspector. "Those are disgraceful conditions! I must interview the halfwit at once!"
"That'll be me then", said Paddy.
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