We’re currently more than 25 days into the longest government shutdown in the history of the United States and over 800,000 people have found themselves working (or not working) without pay for close to a month.
As time slowly inches forward, more and more members of the general public are starting to feel the ripple effect as the beer industry faces a miniature crisis and air travel becomes more hellish than usual.
At least we’ll still get our tax refunds.
A sizeable chunk of the employees who’ve been impacted have been forced to figure out other means of survival while they wait for a paycheck, whether it means signing up to drive for Uber, going to a pawn shop, or being one of the 1,500 people who have turned to GoFundMe for help.
There’s nothing quite like the stress that comes with having to deal with financial uncertainty, and as someone who’s intimately familiar with anxiety, I can safely say there aren’t many things that help take some weight off your shoulders than a beer or four.
However, it can be kind of hard to justify grabbing a pint at a bar or picking up a six-pack as you watch your bank account shrivel up like George Costanza after he goes swimming.
Some people are too humble to ask for a handout but I’d assume most of them wouldn’t say no to a free beer, and if you’re in the mood to earn some karma today, there’s no better way to do so than buying one for someone.
Pay It Furloughed was founded in the wake of the shutdown and allows anyone to donate to a beer fund that was established to make life for the people directly impacted a little less miserable.
As of this writing, they’d raised enough to buy over 1,500 beers for affected workers, but based on how things are progressing right now, they’re going to need a whole lot more in the near future.