California's The Comic Bug comic stores are offering "Comic Book Financial Aid" to furloughed federal employees.
As Trump shutdown enters its fourth week, leaving more than 800,000 US federal employees without pay, Manhattan Beach and Culver City's The Comic Bug stores are offering laid off and furloughed federal employees a 50% discount on their new comics, back issues, trade paperbacks, graphic novels and collectible card games until the shutdown ends.
"There is no telling how long this shutdown will last and we've heard stories from several customers who have had to adjust their finances, current spending habits, and future travel plans and expenditures," said Comic Bug owner Jun Goeku. "Every week, hundreds of new comics are released and it's really easy for one to fall behind. This is our way of showing support and helping our affected customers be able to keep up with their collections."
"I was inspired to create this offer after talking to one of my customers last week who has been laid off until the shutdown ends. He told me that he's got enough savings to last him for three months and was hoping that the shutdown would end before he burned through all of his savings," said co-owner Mike Wellman. "He buys quite a few comic books every week and I told him to let me know if there is anything we can do to help him. Today, listening to how other people have prepared themselves for the furlough on the radio, the lightbulb went off and thought of a real and effective way to help our customers, no matter how long this shutdown goes on."
In order to qualify for the "Comic Book Financial Aid" as The Comic Bug has called it, workers need only provide their worker I.D. or a federal agency paystub from 2018, showing that they are an employee of any of the shut down agencies and they will be entered into the store's database to receive the discount.