It was something his 10-year-old daughter said that hammered home the impact of the US government shutdown for Victor Payes.
The security guard at Los Angeles’s main airport had already been working for free for a fortnight when Haley, the oldest of his two girls, spoke up.
“I understand if there are certain things we shouldn’t pay for right now,” Mr Payes recalled Haley telling him. She was offering to cut back to help the family.
He waved away the concern to reassure his daughters. “I just told them there’s nothing to worry about,” Mr Payes told The Daily Telegraph. “We’ve always been okay.”
But the financial strain is real. This weekend, with the partial government shutdown having hit…