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Amid the longest-ever government shutdown in US history, Lyft, Postmates, Uber and other gig-economy platform users have been taking to social media to target federal employees with referral links as an alternative means of earning income. For the most part, these “recruiters” (a majority of which stand to get paid when their link is used) have been using Twitter and infiltrating the #GovernmentShutdown hashtag.

Friday, Jan. 11, marked the first missed payday since the shutdown began more than three weeks ago. Miami International Airport (MIA) had to close one of its terminals for half of the day on Saturday, Sunday and Monday due to a shortage of airport staff. This has been an issue since the start of the shutdown, with more TSA agents calling in sick than ever.

So, with no end in sight and tipping TSA agents strictly prohibited by law, it’s no surprise that some government employees have been taking up stand-in methods of earning money. A positive aspect of working for a platform like Uber, Lyft or Postmates is that they offer these workers the opportunity to make an income without totally abandoning their current jobs.

According to BuzzFeed News, Postmates has already seen a “significant spike” in applications for delivery roles since Dec. 20. Lyft, in a statement to BuzzFeed, also stated the company would “encourage those in need of extra income to consider driving with Lyft,” which is “a reliable way to make ends meet and can help these workers fill in the gap during this uncertain time.”

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