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Hotels, restaurants near Joshua Tree National Park are suffering from the government shutdown

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Federal employees aren’t the only ones nervous about making ends meet during the government shutdown. Hotel and restaurant owners near Joshua Tree National Park say the shutdown has left them without their usual flow of customers and that employees are concerned about paying their bills and making rent.

Morgan Night, the owner of Hicksville Trailer Palace in Joshua Tree, California, said the motel is popular for people coming to the area to visit the National Park, but since the shutdown, he’s seen business going down. If it drags on much longer, he said, “We’re going to be getting calls from guests saying, ‘We were only coming to go to the park,’ and we’re going to have to decide whether to be jerks about our cancelation policy.”

“I can tell them to call [President Donald] Trump and get their money back,” he added.

Hicksville has six employees and Night said they’re paid by occupant. In a phone call........

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