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Families without pay during Trump’s shutdown being told: “Hold a garage sale, babysit, dog-walk, or serve as a mystery shopper”


As we enter the third week of President Trump’s government shutdown, families of federal employees and military personnel are starting to get worried about how they are going to make ends meet if Trump continues throwing his temper tantrum over border wall funding.

But don’t worry, the Coast Guard has it all figured out for their families.

U.S. Coast Guard employees are now receiving a suggestion: “To get by without pay, consider holding a garage sale, babysitting, dog-walking or serving as a “mystery shopper.””

“The suggestions were part of a five-page tip sheet published by the Coast Guard Support Program, an employee-assistance arm of the service often known as CG SUPRT. It is designated to offer Coast Guard members help with mental-health issues or other concerns about their lives, including financial wellness.”

“Bankruptcy is a last option,” the document said.

The tip sheet, titled “Managing your finances during a furlough,” applies to the Coast Guard’s 8,500-person civilian workforce. About 6,400 of them are on indefinite furlough, while 2,100 are working without pay after being identified as essential workers, said Lt. Cmdr. Scott McBride, a service spokesman. They were last paid for the two-week period ended Dec. 22.

“While it may be uncomfortable to deal with the hard facts, it’s best to avoid the ‘hide your head in the sand’ reaction,” the tip sheet said. “Stay in charge of the situation by getting a clear understanding of what’s happening.”

Are we tired of all the winning yet?


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