You Can Buy a Furloughed Worker a Beer

It's one way people are helping out those not getting a paycheck
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 17, 2019 9:15 AM CST
You Can Buy a Furloughed Worker a Beer
Emily Hunt, a flight attendant for Southwest Airlines, drops off a donation of food for TSA workers at Orlando International Airport Tuesday.   (AP Photo/John Raoux)

At airports around the country, donations of everything from diapers to boxes of Ramen noodles are being dropped off to help TSA workers cope without a paycheck, reports the AP. That's in part because these airport screeners are typically paid less than other government employees, with most making between $26,000 and $35,000 in base salary. CBS News, meanwhile, highlights a more unusual way people can help: by buying a furloughed worker a beer. People can donate to the website PayItFurloughed, and furloughed workers—at least those those in DC—can then claim the beer with the proper ID at participating bars. The shutdown is now in day 27. (This retired Forest Service worker billed President Trump for his cleanup efforts at a national forest.)

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