The shutdown rolls on. The 800,000 federal workers who have been affected are working without their paychecks. Those who do have to work don’t have the luxury of picking up side jobs, and much of the daily grunt work at the nation’s monuments and parks is not getting done. Some of it, though, is. Volunteers are stepping in. Others are doing the work, but they’re not volunteering.
“One noble man in Oregon got fed up waiting for Trump to end the government shutdown and get park employees back to work,” Vice writes, “so he decided to step up and take matters into his own hands—by cleaning up a national park bathroom himself and sending Trump an invoice for his work.”
The move is obviously political. Dan Little, the bathroom cleaner, is married to Oregon Governor Kate Brown. Governor Brown has shared the story on Twitter.
“This is just one of the many reasons I love my husband, Dan,” Brown wrote Friday. “He visited Mt. Hood National Forest Sno-Park, and like many national parks across the country, found it a mess due to the partial government shutdown. He cleaned the bathrooms—and sent the bill to President Trump.”
The bill isn’t likely to be paid, but the gesture is resonating with those who have had enough of the political stalemate that has brought on this shutdown, the longest in U.S. history.
Brown is charging President Trump $28 for “trash removal.” And Brown appears to have done a really good job. The bathroom was trashed, literally, from many visitors who have been coming to the park, and using the facilities, even though the park is not being staffed.
The mess in America’s parks is just one of the many headaches that will have to be cleaned up. It will happen. A far more pressing issue is the increasing tension in the nation’s airports.
TSA workers have been calling in sick to protest working without pay. To date, there has been less rebellion from the country’s air traffic controllers, but they’re growing tired, too.
When will the shutdown end? No telling. Odds are this isn’t the last story you’ll hear about someone who has had enough of it.