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Travel Plaza 7-Eleven Is Aiding Federal Employees During Shutdown

Store will allow workers to pay for purchases at a later date
Photograph courtesy of Airport Plazas

JERICHO, N.Y. -- The 7-Eleven convenience store at the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York is allowing federal employees affected by the partial government shutdown to make purchases with the promise of payment when they start receiving paychecks again.

The move is part of the JFK Travel Plaza’s Federal Worker Relief Program, which is designed to help federal workers who are struggling without a paycheck—and still coming to work—to purchase what they need now and pay later.

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“It must be very difficult for the hardworking employees at JFK that keep us safe to go through their daily lives not knowing when they will get paid,” said George AbiZeid, president of JFK Travel Plaza, which is part of Jericho, N.Y.-based Airport Plazas’ national consortium of travel plazas at airports.

Under the terms of the program, federal workers can show their government-issued IDs and sign the receipt. Once the shutdown ends and the workers receive their paychecks, they can settle their outstanding balance.

The 5.75-acre JFK Travel Plaza near the Belt Parkway and JFK Expressway features a 7-Eleven c-store, Wendy’s, Qdoba Mexican Grill, Max's New York Style Pizza, other restaurants and free Wi-Fi. The plaza offers fueling stations for Sunoco gasoline, diesel, compressed natural gas and Tesla electric-vehicle chargers.

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