INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - From oil changes to your favorite meal, Hoosier business owners are stepping up to help federal employees who were temporarily jobless due to the government shutdown.
"We are going to do our part to help anybody out," said Matt Williams, who manages Jiffy Lube in the 300 block of Shadeland Avenue. "We are offering 15 percent off for all services."
Williams' district manager, Robert Lorenzoni, said customers must show a federal ID to receive the discount. The same is true at Papa Roux's on the city's east side. The restaurant's owner, Art Bouvier, said he is allowing federal furloughed employees to pay what they can afford now or he'll accept an "I owe you."
"I am getting some pushback from some people in the community saying 'these people are going to get paid.' That's not the point. They are not getting paid now," Bouvier said. "How do you pay for your meals and your mortgage if you don't know where your next pay check is?"
So for now, Papa Roux's is offering some extra cushion.
"The government is not making any sense so it is up to us to do it," Bouvier said.
Scotty's Brewhouse offered discounts the first of the month but has discontinued that service. No word if they will run any additional specials.
A winter weather advisory was issued for Wayne, Union, Switzerland, Ripley, Ohio, Franklin, Fayette and Dearborn counties on Saturday night.
IMPD officials say a 3-year-old boy has died after he was shot in the head Saturday evening.
Lawrence Police are investigating an overnight shooting in the 8800 block of Pendleton Pike. Police say the shooting happened around 3 a.m. Sunday morning.