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Some Oklahoma businesses hurt by federal shutdown

Steven Hosford, owner of 15th Street Grill near Tinker Air Force Base, has seen a significant decrease in lunchtime business since the shutdown.
BY JONATHAN SUTTON jsutton@opubco.com Published: October 4, 2013

Normal business would be about $500 during lunch hours, but that has gone down to less than $300.

King said when business declined in the summer he had his hours cut, which means cutting back on expenses. That's difficult for King, who has four children.

“Times are tough, man,” he said.

And the furloughs are affecting more than just the food industry in the area.

Robyn Thompson, the manager of a cash loans store on SE 29, said when Tinker employees don't get their paychecks they can't make payments on their loans.

Although she hasn't run into any problems yet, she expects the missed payments to begin soon.

“We try to work with them the best we can,” she said. “But when something like this happens it affects us directly. It's tough on business.”

Hosford said he can't understand why representatives haven't been able to come to a compromise.

“I think there are a lot of better things they could be doing than arguing over health care and shutting down the government,” he said.