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Man cleans up National Mall during government shutdown

Updated: Wednesday, October 9 2013, 07:25 PM CDT

While many government employees are being furloughed and forced to stay home from work, Chris Cox has taken it upon himself to literally clean up after the mess the shutdown has made.

Cox has spent the past eight days since the shutdown began making sure the Lincoln Memorial and the National Mall are clean and presentable to visiting veterans and tourists, and he's doing this all on his own time and dollar.

"Well the day the government shut down I was watching the news and they wouldn't stop talking about how vulnerable our monuments are, our memorials, and that concerned me," Cox told CBS News. "So I just started emptying trash cans, several hundred trash cans later I needed something else to do.

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