Restaurants, bars, skydiving company offer 'Furlough Freebies'
By Victoria Cavaliere
(Reuters) - There are consolation prizes for some of the 800,000 federal workers finding themselves without paychecks during the government shutdown - discounts and freebies.
Across the United States, restaurants, bars, gyms and even a skydiving company were offering price breaks to furloughed workers, promoting the deals on social media such as Twitter.
Hyundai, the Korean carmaker, said it would defer car payments due from federal employees who are home without pay during the shutdown, which started on Tuesday after Congress failed to reach a budget deal.
The Republican-led House of Representatives has so far failed to pass a bill to fund U.S. government operations for the fiscal year started October 1 that is acceptable to the Democratic-led Senate or President Barack Obama.
The Alexandria, Virginia restaurant Pork Barrel BBQ said it was offering all furloughed employees who show a government ID a free pulled-pork sandwich during each day of the shutdown.
The Pork Barrel offer excludes members of Congress, who are continuing to be paid during the shutdown.
In Washington, D.C., DuPont Circle's well-known Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe, a hybrid restaurant and bookstore, said it was extending its happy-hour prices until closing for the duration of the shutdown.
Members of Congress will be asked to pay double, it said on Twitter. Continued...