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Shutdown deals continue: Theater, yoga and tire rotations

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We might have to stop feeling sorry for furloughed feds — they’re awash in deals from local merchants. (See the free burgers, gratis cupcakes, cheap booze and freebie chicken). Gimmicky? Sure, but you know what they say about gift horses.

The latest entries in the pity-marketing sweepstakes include free theater tickets and tire rotations, plus cheap yoga classes.

In case the brinkmanship on Capitol Hill isn’t enough drama, Signature Theater is giving away a pair of tickets to its current production of “Miss Saigon.” According to the theater, they’re available this week “in person at the Signature Box Office when reserved with a valid government ID.”

And since furloughed workers might want to use their time off to check off those errands that always fall to the bottom of the to-do list, Koons of Silver Spring is offering “ALL furloughed government employees a FREE oil change, FREE tire rotation and a FREE multi-point inspection.”

And for a moment of Zen, Willow Street Yoga Center of Silver Spring and Takoma Park has $10 classes for folks with a government ID.

“We are acutely aware that the shutdown of the Federal Government is affecting our students and community,” the e-mail said. “We know that In times like this, yoga is more essential than ever.”

As is filling those mats.

Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.

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