Published On: Oct 03 2013 11:18:02 AM EDTUpdated On: Oct 04 2013 12:42:53 AM EDT
From tacos and gym memberships to career counseling and cooking classes, businesses in Washington, D.C. -- and across the country -- are offering a slew of freebies and discounts to federal workers impacted by the government shutdown.
Free popcorn -- Visit an AMC theater you'll get a free small popcorn with a valid government ID. "The offer is good until common sense is restored in Washington, D.C., or more likely, until the shutdown ends or we run out of popcorn," the company said.
Free brewery tours -- Flying Dog Brewery, in Frederick, Md., is giving furloughed workers free brewery tours, which include five beer samples.
Free burgers -- Z-Burger in Washington, D.C, is giving out free burgers to federal workers during the shutdown. The restaurant said it had "lines out the door" at all six locations on Tuesday.
Free coffee -- For a caffeine fix, stop by the Daily Dish in Silver Spring, Md., for a free cup of coffee (members of Congress pay double). Caffe Amouri, in Vienna, Va., is also giving out free coffee.
Free cooking class -- Want to brush up on your cooking skills? The CulinAerie cooking school is offering a free class to furloughed workers on Friday.
Free cupcakes -- For a sweet treat, visit Cupcake Boulevard, in Gamrills, Md., which is handing out free cupcakes to government employees daily between 1 and 3 p.m.
Free drinks -- Drink your sorrows away at D.C. watering hole Mockingbird Hill, which is giving government workers one free glass of sherry each day of the shutdown.
Free golf -- Practice your golf swing with a free game at TopGolf in Alexandria, Va., any day until Friday.
Free gym time -- Balance Gym, in D.C., is opening its doors to government workers between 1 and 4 p.m. for no charge. The YMCA of Metropolitan Washington is giving furloughed employees and their families free access to all of its facilities in D.C., Maryland and Virginia.
Free LinkedIn training -- For those workers considering getting out of government altogether, Internet marketing agency Bash Foo is giving free 20-minute LinkedIn training sessions.
Free movie -- Beltway Plaza Mall in Greenbelt, Md., is offering one free movie -- and a free lunch -- for federal workers. You simply have to show up at the box office with your furlough notice.
Free pilates classes -- Potomac Pilates, in Potomac, Md., is offering two free pilates classes to furloughed workers.
Tax services discount -- Want to get a jump on next year's taxes (or are really behind on this year's)? Landmark Tax Group is offering a 15 percent discount on nationwide tax services for any federal workers impacted by the shutdown.