Friday, April 30, 2010

Learning the Limits of Authority

A Department of Water representative stopped at a ranch and talked with an old rancher. He told the rancher, "I need to inspect your ranch for your water allocation."

The old rancher said, "Okay, but don't go in that field over there."

The Department of Water representative said, "Mister, I have the authority of Federal Government with me. See this card? The card means I am allowed to go WHEREVER I WISH on any agricultural land. No questions asked or answered. Have I made myself clear? Do you understand?"

The old rancher nodded politely and went about his chores. Later, the old rancher heard loud screams and saw the Water Rep running for the fence and close behind was the rancher's bull.

The bull was gaining on the Water Rep with every step. The Rep was clearly terrified.

The old rancher immediately threw down his tools, ran to the fence and shouted, "Your card! Your card! Show him your card!"


Moonbeam said...

:) thanks for the giggle

sybil law said...

LOVE that one!!