After picking cotton all day, the amount still might not be enough to pay off the credit used to purchase the bag. Scale man says you got rocks to make weight. Families were so poor that even the children had to go to work doing whatever they could get every day. COTTON PICKERS WANTED - placards on the road, handbills out, orange-colored handbills - Cotton Pickers Wanted. The screened high trucks and trailers are piled high with white fluff.