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Owner of BBQ joint offering free meals to federal employees during shutdown


LIFTING SPIRITS. ON DAY 5 OF THE PARTIAL
GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN, SMOKIN THIS
AND THAT BBQ IN FLORENCE IS
COOKING A LITTLE EXTRA. AT A PRICE, LESS THAN DOWN TO
THE BONE. HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF
GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES ARE STUCK
IN THE MIDDLE.>>I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT
REALLY JUST WAITING TO SEE
REPORTER: ABOUT 420,000 ARE
STILL WORKING WITHOUT GETTING
PAID. THESE ARE 3 OF 380,000 ON UNPAID
LEAVE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. PROBABLY NEXT WEEK AFTER THE

>>PROBABLY NEXT WEEK AFTER THE
HOLIDAYS IT WILL BE MORE
REALITY. REPORTER: AT THE CENTER OF
DEBATE, THE BATTLE OVER BORDER
WALL FUNDING. NEGOTIATIONS, AT A STANDSTILL
SINCE SATURDAY. THE ONLY WALL THAT MATTERS HERE,
THE ONE SIGNED BY EVERY
SERVICEMAN AND SERVICEWOMAN WHO
VISITS.>>EVERYBODY HAVING A GOOD TIME? REPORTER: GUY CUMMINS OWNS THE
PLACE. THE DECOR AND HIS MILITARY
BACKGROUND PAINT A CLEAR
PICTURE, A LOVE FOR THOSE WHO
SERVE AND THIS WEEK? ANYONE WHO COULD USE A LITTLE
EXTRA HELPIN
>>WHEN I WAS A KID GROWING UP
THIS IS WHAT YOU DID WHEN
SOMEONE WAS DOWN AND OUT, YOU
HELPED THEM. REPORTER: GUY ESTIMATES THEY’VE
SERVED MORE THAN 100 FOR FREE
ALREADY.>>SO WE’RE FEEDING ALL THE
GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES UNTIL THEY
GO BACK TO WORK, HOWEVER LONG IT
LASTS, IT LASTS.>>IT’S VERY NICE AND VERY
GENEROUS. WE’RE VERY GRATEFUL. REPORTER: BRINGING RELIEF AT
TABLES FILLED WITH UNCERTAINTY. AND WARMING HEARTS WITH THE KIND
OF HOLIDAY SPIRIT THAT CARRIES
MEANING BEYOND THE SEASON. GUY SAYS HE KNOWS OF A MOM AND
DAD WHO ARE BOTH FEDERAL
EMPLOYEES AND HAVE BROUGHT THEIR
KIDS IN TO EAT SEVERAL TIMES
SINCE THE SHUTDOWN STARTED
AND THE STAFF AT SMOKIN THIS AND THAT BBQ WILL BE RIGHT BACK AT
IT TOMORROW. THE S

Stephen Childs

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