Two Lingerie Workers Boudreaux and Thibodeaux found themselves out of a job when the factory in Port Barre shut down. But their boss said they could go to the LSU office, you know, the Louisiana State Unemployment office. So as Thibodeaux waited, Boudreaux sat down at the desk and was interviewed by the lady there.

"And what was your former occupation?" she asked. "Me, I was a crotch stitcher. I specialized in ladies underpants." Boudreaux proudly replied. So the lady looks it up in her big book and says, "OK, you're eligible for $50 a week. "Hot damn, you mean I don't gotta do nothin' and I get $50 a week. Man, that even beats crawfishin'!" Boudreaux shouted.

Then Thibodeaux sat down and the lady asked him the same question. Thibodeaux looked her straight in the eye and said, "I was a diesel fitter." She looked it up in her big book again and said "Very good then, you're eligible for $200 a week in unemployment benifits."

"WAIT A HOT DAMN MINUTE!" Boudreaux shouted. "How come he gets $200 a week, and me, I only get $50? I told you I used to be a crotch stitcher; you know you gotta be real good to do that kind of work so the seams are all nice and straight and smooth so nothin scratches you done there. And Thibodeaux here, he's only a diesel fitter. And he's gonna make 4 times more than I'm making?"

"Oh," the lady replied, "but he's a skilled laborer with an education. Diesel fitters are in high demand especially by oilfields and heavy equipment users. There's not many diesel specialist around."

"Whoa, whoa, whoa, lady," Boudreaux continued, "you got it all wrong. Yeah, Thib's a diesel fitter, all right. But what that means is that after I do all the fine work on the ladys drawers, he picks them up, looks 'em over and stretches them this way and that, and then says, 'Yep, dese'll fit her!"