Poor Farm

  • Season 1 , Ep 4
  • 06/29/2011
  • Views: 6,884

Jon investigates the Poor Farm, where the rich go to pretend to be poor. (2:29)

- I'M STANDING HERE ATTHE HEART OF THE NEVADA DESERT

JUST 70 MILESNORTH OF LAS VEGAS.

THE LAND I'M STANDINGON HERE IS PUBLIC.

BUT THE LAND BEHIND THIS FENCEIS STRICTLY OFF-LIMITS.

FOR YEARS,RUMORS HAVE BEEN CIRCULATING

ABOUTA TOP SECRET PRIVATE EVENT

THAT'S HELD HEREON THE 12,000 ACRES

OF PRIVATELY-OWNED DESERTBEHIND ME.

MY SHOW HASJUST OBTAINED DOCUMENTS

THAT REVEAL THE APPALLINGTRUTH OF WHAT GOES ON HERE

IN WHAT THE PARTICIPANTSCALL "THE POOR FARM."

FOR ONE WEEK OUTOF EVERY YEAR,

THE WORLD'S500 WEALTHIEST PEOPLE

GATHER IN THISMETICULOUSLY SIMULATED

POVERTY-RIDDEN COMMUNITY--

REPLETE WITH TRAILER PARKS,

SUBSIDIZED HOUSING TOWERS,AND TENT CITIES.

AND FORSEVERAL MILLION DOLLARS,

EACH ONE OF THEM GETS TOREVEL IN PRETENDING

THEY ARE THE POORESTOF THE POOR.

SO TELL MEABOUT THE POOR FARM.

- I'VE BEEN THERE.I DROVE IN THEIR SUPPLIES.

- MM-HMM.- THEY GOT THEMSELVES

A WHOLE CRAPPY CITYOVER THERE.

THEY GOT, LIKE, PROJECTS,AND, LIKE, SEVEN ARBY'S,

AND BOARDED-UP DINERSAND INTERNET CAFES.

- SO WHAT'S THE WORST THINGYOU'VE EVER SEEN?

- MY DADDY KILLING HIMSELF.

- NO, I MEANON THE POOR FARM.

- OH, TWO GUYSTAKING A [bleep] ON A BUS.

- THAT IS PRETTY NASTY.

- YES, IT WAS.

- YOU MAY ASSUME THAT THISIS A PHOTO OF A HOMELESS MAN

ON THE STREET OF SOMERANDOM AMERICAN URBAN LANDSCAPE.

BUT THIS MANIS CARLOS ALVAREZ,

ARGENTINEANTELECOMMUNICATIONS MOGUL.

NET WORTH...

THESE TWO ARE NOTYOUR EVERYDAY LAYABOUTS

DRINKING ALL DAY INA DILAPIDATED PUBLIC PARK.

THEY ARE JASON FEINMAN,RETAIL CONGLOMERATE CEO,

AND CHARLES WHITWORTH,OIL BARON,

WORTH SOME$3 BILLION IN ASSETS.

- I USED TO GO A LOT.

IT WAS A ROUGH WEEK.

I MADE $7 AN HOUR WORKINGIN AN ALL-NIGHT GAS STATION.

LIVED IN A 10X12 APARTMENT

WITH RATS, AND ROACHES, ANDBED BUGS, AND CONCRETE WALLS.

- SOUNDS AWFUL.

- [chuckles]NO, IT WAS FANTASTIC.

THE BEST PART WASGOING HOME.

SEEING THE DIFFERENCE.

OH, THAT AND...AND THE TIME

ME AND ROGER GUGGENHEIMTOOK [bleep] ON A BUS.

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