Hey, it's not health care or even a panda cam, but we'll take good news about the government shutdown where we can get it. The fine folks at AMC are offering federal employees a free small popcorn..
According to AMC, "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. Consistent with past free popcorn giveaways on Tax Day Weekend, the purchase of a ticket is not necessary to receive the offer."
John McDonald, AMC's exec VP of operations, said, "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."
There are other businesses around DC offering shutdown specials to help out suddenly unemployed government employees, from free cupcakes and coffee to extended happy hours -- lots and lots of discounted, extended happy hours.
UPDATE: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated a free ticket would be offered along with the popcorn. In fact, it is just the popcorn being offered. We apologize for the error.