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Two Franchisors Lob Ideas to Break Impasse



At least someone’s having fun with the government shutdown.

Century 21 launched an online ad last night offering one of their homes listed for sale as an ideal location for talks to resolve the impasse. The home is exactly midway between President Obama’s birthplace, Hawaii, and House Speaker John Boehner’s, Reading, Ohio.

The house is in Sunnyvale, California, the halfway point. “Century 21 has a proposal: What if they really could meet in the middle?” The home for sale “provides the perfect setting for a heartfelt, fireside chat,” the company said.

Meanwhile, Pie Five Pizza says it’s time to be “Pie-partisan,” and the Dallas-based chain put out a proposal for this weekend. “We’re inviting all furloughed federal government employees with a valid ID to come in for a free pizza at their local Pie Five.”

Members of Congress, on the other hand, were invited to come in and pay double. “And if the president should happen to stop by, he’s paying double, too,” the company says.

“This isn’t a Republican or Democratic thing,” the company continues. “Heck, we think everybody should be Pie-partisan.”

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