‘Layaway Angels’ Paying Off Shoppers’ Accounts At Stores Around The Tri-State, Country

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — From New Jersey to Washington State, secret Santas are making some strapped for cash shoppers very happy.

Anonymous donors who have been dubbed “layaway angels” have been paying off balances of customers’ layaway accounts at stores around the country.

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Kmart manager Ronda Rissew in Connecticut says the chain store has experienced incredible generosity this holiday season. She told the Salisbury Post that good Samaritans have come to the layaway counter asking to pay off accounts of those with toys, bikes and clothing.

The Hunterdon County Democrat reports that an anonymous benefactor walked into the Flemington Department Store this week. The store’s co-owner, Marty Resnick, says the man paid more than $150 to cover the balance of a coat for a woman who was trying to make a payment with a coupon.

When Resnick told her the good news, she didn’t believe it. But when he showed her the paperwork, Resnick says the customer stood at the register and just cried.

Rissew wouldn’t say how much has been paid off at her store, but nationwide, more than $420,000 worth of merchandise on layaway has been paid for at Kmart.

The same act of kindness has also been reported at stores across the country.

What do you think? Sound off below in our comments section….

  • Wondering

    Does anyone think the “layaway angels” might be the corporation itself? Great free advertising, as this becomes “news” and not an ad. Inexpensive way to get more people to use layaway (which unfortunately has people buying things they can’t afford). I don’t want to sound overly cynical, but no one has stepped forward in most of these cases, and it seems rather tightly orchestrated, landing across the country in all the papers at the same time. Maybe a reporter could investigate this?

  • LS

    Merry Christmas Susan Sarandon!…wherever you are!

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