Local restaurant offers free lunch for furloughed government workers

TOLEDO (WTVG) - A local business is inviting furloughed government workers to have lunch on them during the shutdown. Ya Halla Restaurant in Toledo has opened up a special for those government employees facing a payday with no pay.

The business announced on Facebook that anyone who comes in and shows their government ID will be treated to a free half entree, so long as they eat at the restaurant. The restaurant owners came up with the idea earlier this week. They say they appreciate all the sacrifices those employees are making during the shutdown.

We know that a lot of people live paycheck to paycheck and it's a little unfair that they won't get a paycheck tomorrow," says restaurant manager Malak Abdo. She continues, "No matter your political stance, I think you should get paid for your job so you can feed and take care of your family and take care of yourself as well."

The restaurant says they plan to continue the special until the shutdown ends.

About 800,000 federal workers will not receive a paycheck on Friday due to the shutdown, and those who live paycheck-to-paycheck say that have had to cut back on spending, cancel trips, apply for unemployment benefits, and even take out loans.

The shutdown will enter it's 21st day on Friday and by Saturday will be longest in US history.