A mystery ‘Santa Clause’ shocked Walmart shoppers in Vermont by paying for their layby items.
The unidentified man paid off the entire lot of layby goods that customers had ordered at a store in Derby, near the Canadian border, for Christmas, shares Daily Mail.
When shopper Julie Gates, went to pick up a package on Thursday she overheard the mystery do-gooder talking to another man and couldn’t believe what she was hearing.
She told WCAX-TV: ‘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’, observed Gates.
The man then turned to her and asked if she was paying for an item on layby.
‘He said why don’t you run and get what you want now and come back here,’ said Gates .
She was skeptical, but she was in the store to put items on layby for her family for Christmas.
‘So I came back and he was standing there waiting. There was no one left’.
Gates added: ‘He paid for everything. This can’t be, who can afford to pay for everyone’s layby? And he said ‘Santa Clause can’.
‘I get goosebumps thinking that, that is the true magic of Christmas, that’s the Christmas spirit walking among us’.
On Saturday the layby storage room was filled floor to ceiling with items, which were all paid for by the mystery man.
‘It was kind of like surreal when they said no balance due, then it was really a reality’, said Tammy Desautels from North Troy who had her things paid for.
Walmart would not say how much the mystery shopper spent or how many people went home with free gifts.
A true miracle of Christmas!
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