Walmart customers might get a bad rep with a seemingly disproportionate amount of violence coming from these super stores on Black Friday, but what happened recently at a Florida Walmart is unlike anything a long-time employee has ever seen.
A “layaway Santa” stopped into a Walmart in The Villages, Fla., and paid off $20,000 worth of layaway.
“He was running his cards. I can’t believe they didn’t melt, he was running them so fast,” Walmart operations assistant manager Deb Davis told WKMG-TV.
Working at the Walmart for 13 years, Davis said she’s seen a few layaway Santas in her day, but none like this.
“We’ve had layaway Santas that will do a couple thousand here or a couple thousand there, but $20,000 was just an amazing amount,” Davis told the news station.
The man, identified as Greg Parady, paid half of every layaway bill that was more than $200. WKMG reported that he was buying Toys for Tots and took his spreading of good cheer a step further.
“He had heard a lady out in one of the aisles talking about how she needed to pay off her layaway, but she didn’t think she was going to be able to take care of all of it this year. So he just walked back here and started in, it’s crazy,” Cindy Nazzaro, Parady’s business partner, told the news station.
Davis said when customers began learning that portions of their bill had been paid the news was met with tears and surprise.
“There was one lady after she cried she had to sit down because we thought she was going to faint,” Davis told WKMG. “It was a true Christmas story.”
Watch WKMG-TV’s report:
The news station reached out to Parady but he was out of town for the holidays.
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