Government shutdown: US federal workers turn to pawn shops for cash as stalemate goes on

Government shutdown: US federal workers turn to pawn shops for cash as stalemate goes onUS federal workers who are not getting paid during the longest government shutdown in the country’s history are increasingly turning to pawnbrokers for short-term loans, according to shop owners. The turnout is small – a few people per day – pawnbrokers said, but many expect the numbers to increase amid the stalemate. About 800,000 federal workers have missed a paycheck during the nearly month-long shutdown.



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