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Boudreaux and Thibodeaux get fired from their jobs the same day, so off they go to the unemployme­nt office.

Boudreaux goes in first.

The man behind the desk says, “Mr. Boudreaux, I’m sorry to hear that you lost your job. What did you do for a living?”

Boudreaux replies, “I’m a diesel fitter.”

The clerk says, “OK, diesel fitter is skilled labor, so we can give you $800 a week until you find a new job.”

Thibodeaux goes in next, and the clerk asks what his job was. “I’m a panty-waist sewer. I sew de waistbands in dem women’s panties.”

The clerk says, “Well, I’m afraid that’s unskilled labor, so we can’t give you but $200 a week.”

As they’re walking home, Thibodeaux says, “I got to find a new job quick. I can’t feed all dem kids on $200 a week.”

Boudreaux says, “I’ll help you out. I’m getting $800 a week.”

Furious, Thibodeaux runs back to the unemployme­nt office. “Why’re you giving Boudreaux $800 a week an’ I ain’t getting but $200?” he demands.

The clerk replies, “Well, Mr. Boudreaux is a skilled laborer. He’s a diesel fitter.”

Thibodeaux says, “That ain’t no skilled labor. I sew de waistband in dem panties, I hand ’em to Boudreaux and he pulls ’em down over his head and says, ‘Aw yeah,

diesel fitter.’”

Laugh Lines is compiled from various sources, including reader submission­s and websites. Origins are included when known.

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