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10 Things Furloughed Federal Workers in D.C. Can Get for Free During the Shutdown


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A lot of individuals living in the Washington, D.C. area are feeling the effects of the government shutdown. Throughout the shutdown, some businesses, however, are offering free items or services to furloughed federal workers.

Here is a list of some of the free things furloughed workers in the Washington, D.C. area can take advantage of.



At least two bars in the Washington, D.C. metro area are providing furloughed federal employees with free alcoholic beverages. Mockingbird Hill is offering a free glass of sherry, while Kangaroo Boxing Club is offering a free screwdriver to furloughed federal workers.


Z-Burger is offering free burgers between the hours of 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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AMC Theaters, one of the nation's largest movie-theater chains, is offering a free small popcorn — regardless of whether individuals purchase a movie ticket or not.

Sex Toys

A large online sex-toys store is giving free vibrators away, if you use the coupon code "shutdown."

Museum Admission

The National Geographic Museum has waived the price of admission during the shutdown.

Hangout Area

Need a place to work? Sixth & I Historic Synagogue is offering a "place to hang out until an agreement is reached."

Throughout the day "Political Ping Pong, board games, reading materials, constant streaming of the West Wing, and an informal meeting space with all of the essentials for non-essentials — free coffee, food, and Wifi."

BBQ Pork Meal

Individuals can obtain a free pulled pork sandwich at PB BBQ in Del Ray — unless you are a U.S. Congressman.

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Knitting Classes

Fibre Space is offering knitting classes for individuals impacted by the shutdown. The crafts store says classes are taught between the hours of 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. during the weekdays.


Individuals can obtain a free sandwich between the hours of 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. from Jose Andres.

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Cupcake Blvd. is offering free cupcakes to furloughed employees.


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