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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  • I hope this guy acquired this money legally. There’s going to be a lot of people in trouble if the money is the proceeds of crime……..They would be in trouble in Aust.


  • Wow I hope he won lotto or something and it wasn’t all his savings being spent. What a kind person.


  • I hope people didn’t abuse his kindness! Sounds like the line got very long. I also hope this generous man isn’t lonely this Christmas.


  • That’s very kind and generous.


  • Oh my! That’s amazing. What a kind gesture!!


  • What a wonderful thing to do! A truly generous person


  • Such a nice thing to do. This time of year is so stressful and we forget that it’s the time for giving. You just never know what someone is going through but it is also a shame that some people take advantage of goodwill.


  • What a lovely gesture. Goes to show the joy of giving to other’s is so much greater than recieving.

    • He truly has a generous heart …Christmas Spirit abound.

      • This is the meaning of Christmas spirit – heartwarming!


  • Someone playing a real life Santa! :)


  • Nice to hear a good story. Just a generous and heart felt man


  • That’s lovely. A good news story instead of all the bad stuff we hear all the time


  • Something in this story I don’t like so much.
    Personally I think a stranger paying so much for people who’re well off, raises questions ?
    First of all we don’t know where the money is coming from, maybe he robbed a bank ?
    And why doesn’t he buy gifts and food for the less fortunate, the poor, those who struggle with illness, disorders or mental breakdown ?


  • That is an amazing thing the man did, I wonder what other anonymous good deeds he does? Feeding the homeless and poor, donating large sums to charities… I hope there isn’t a sad reason behind it, like he doesn’t have anyone to leave his money too so that’s what he is doing by paying for all of this. Either way he has a beautiful soul


  • Santa comes in many forms.


  • Such a beautiful thing to do


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