Government Shut You Down? Go Get Some Free Popcorn

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Thanks to some mega-hissy-fitting partisan disagreements on Capitol Hill, the U.S. government is partially shut down right now, meaning there are oodles of federal workers — the kind who don't get to sit around and bicker aimlessly for a living, heyyyyyyyy Congress — who've been put on forced leave, in many instances without pay.

Yeah, yeah, you've probably heard all about that by now, but here's a new development to the story: free popcorn!

The love of free stuff is as 'Merican as apple pie, and since the movie biz has probably become one of the red, white and blue's chief exports anymore, it seems mighty fitting that one of the nation's biggest movie-slingers is lookin' out for those poor, displaced feds.

AMC Theaters has announced that until this whole government-no-longer-functioning thing has blown over, federal worker bees barred from the hive can head over to their establishments and feast away their sorrows with some of that buttery goodness.

Yep, a valid government or military I.D.'ll do the trick to either get a free small-sized popcorn from AMC locations or, if you're the kinda 'Merican that likes your treats super-sized, to apply the cost of a small toward a bigger one.

"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 free popcorn," AMC Theaters exec John McDonald said with presumable tongue-in-cheek. You gotta appreciate his moxie there.

Best part? No cash money has to be exchanged here, technically.

"Consistent with past free popcorn giveaways on Tax Day Weekend, the purchase of a ticket is not necessary to receive the offer," he added. "There are hundreds of thousands of federal workers whose lives are being impacted. While we can’t do anything to resolve gridlock in Washington, D.C., we can provide a few hours of entertainment and free popcorn while they wait to get back to work."

So, at least you'll have a little something to snack on while watching those boneheads "work" on C-SPAN, right?