Federal Worker Breaking Under Strain Of Being Stuck In Mansion During Government Shutdown
The United States federal government has been partially shutdown for over three weeks now. Many federal workers have not received a paycheck in nearly a month. The problems have reached critical levels. Here is one man’s story.
For the past several days a federal worker who resides in a mansion at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. in Washington, D.C. has been using social media as a way to gain sympathy or perhaps seek rescue during the shutdown. He keeps sending out tweets letting the world know, “I am at the White House, waiting.” Except for the occasional trip to various parts of the country in his private helicopter and 747, he has not left the opulent 55,000 square foot compound that has 132 rooms and sits on 18 acres.
How bad are things for this man? Well, he recently had to order 1000 Big Macs from McDonald’s because the financial strain of the shutdown prohibited him from using his top tier kitchen staff to cater a party. At this point he still has a world class security team, and enough staff to run a large country. But of course, that could change.
Still, he realizes his plight isn’t as dire as that of other federal workers. Some are at the point of using food pantries, and others are concerned they may not be able to keep their house if the shutdown drags on. This man is pretty sure he will have his mansion for a couple of more years, and perhaps six more if things go well. Until then, he will have to cope with a little high end cabin fever. After that, he will have to decide whether to live in his NYC tower, or his Florida resort. But those are worries for another day.