Stranger Approaches Shoppers In Layaway Line Startling Them
Kristin Danley 12/4/2018
Christmas is a blissful time of year, but sadly not for everyone. People who can barely afford to put food on the table and keep the roof over their heads struggle to purchase presents for their loved ones.
A store's layaway program ends up being a blessing for Santa's elves who have to stretch a dollar. But when shoppers in Vermont showed up at the Derby Walmart, they couldn't believe what had happened to their layaway accounts.
Julie Gates popped into the store to pay off her balance and take home her layaway item. She overhead a strange conversation unfold before her and couldn't believe what she heard another man say, she told WFLA.
"He came up to the man in front of me and said, 'Either I am going to pay for it now or I am going to pay for it later.'"
Then the stranger turned to Julie and asked if she was there to pay for an item on layaway. She hesitantly nodded yes.
"He said, 'Why don't you run and get what you want now and come back here?'"
She balked at first, but then caved in and went shopping for a few more items to place on layaway. When she returned, the man was still standing there, waiting for her.
It turns out the mystery man was Santa in disguise wearing a Patriots jacket of all things. He paid for everything Julie had gone back to pick up as well as the rest of her layaway account -- and every other single person's layaway account, too!
“This can’t be, who can afford to pay for everyone’s layaway? And he said, ‘Santa Claus can.'"
The layaway area was crammed top to bottom with Christmas games ranging from expensive electronics, the latest toys and the hottest holiday item. Walmart wouldn't disclose just how much this secretive Santa spent or how many people were blessed with his kindness.
But what everyone does know is this one person made the holidays a million times brighter for numerous Vermont families. Julie herself was stunned.
"I don't even think I can find the words to say ... I get goosebumps thinking that - that is the true magic of Christmas - that's the Christmas spirit walking amongst us."
Shopper Tammy Desautels said money has been tight for her family ever since her husband broke his foot and couldn't work. She wasn't sure how they would afford the holidays.
"It really helped me a lot ... I really have a feeling that there is hope for mankind or whatever - there’s still good people out there."