Furloughed Dayton TSA workers surprised by free lunch delivery

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ARCANUM, Ohio (WDTN) – The community of Arcanum along with Arcon Builders hand-delivered 30 pizzas and snacks to TSA workers who are reporting to work without pay. 

The government shutdown is now in its 32nd day and many government employees are now going without their second paycheck. 

“They are real people with real bills and real families to feed. Although it’s a small gesture, we figured we are in a position to help and wanted to,” said Ray Mervar of Arcon Builders.

“I look at it from more of a business standpoint. If you work, you should get paid,” said Alex Shelabarger of Arcon Builders.

The two men delivered Marion’s Piazza to air traffic control and the TSA agents at Dayton International Airport.

Mervar and Shelabarger say they fell on hard times during the recession and thought it was time to pay it back.

“Thank you so much. Thank you,” said one TSA agent when the men delivered lunch. 

Travelers like Carmel Norris admittedly were here early because she thought TSA would be short-staffed. 

“We didn’t know what to expect,” said Norris. 

While waiting, Norris saw the generous gift to TSA. 

“That was awesome. I think everybody should try to do a little bit and help the people who are not getting paid. We can all do a little something,” said Norris. 

Dayton TSA says they have received offers of help from the community. They say if someone wants to help or donate, the donation must be for the entire staff, not a single person. 

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