INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - The shutdown is costing members of the military. They are now paying more for their groceries.
Commissaries across the U.S. have been shutdown. Shoppers arrived at the Harrison Village Commissary on Thursday not knowing it was closed.
Two signs posted on the front doors let them know. Customers weren't happy when they found out.
“This is all just politics and it's ridiculous. That's my opinion,” said Marion Klein of Lawrence.
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Retired veteran Sam Stokes drove in from Greenfield to do his bi-weekly shopping. He is angry with the fallout from the federal government shutdown.
“I think they are punishing everybody else, being hard on everybody else by shutting places like this down. It's putting a hardship on some people,” said Stokes.
According to the Defense Commissary Agency, shoppers save an average of more than 30 percent on their purchases compared to commercial prices. That's a big savings that some military families depend upon.
“I had to go to Kroger and Marsh and it was about $20 more than it would have cost me at the commissary and (post exchange),’ said Valerie Jennings of Lawrence.
Post exchange is where non-grocery items can be purchased.
Commissaries will remain closed for the duration of the shutdown.
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