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Springfield Secret Santas Pay Off Layaway Bills for Needy Families (Check out these headlines!)
KSPR ^ | 12/17/11 | Mary Moloney

Posted on 12/21/2011 7:38:04 AM PST by Libloather

Springfield Secret Santas Pay Off Layaway Bills for Needy Families
December 17, 2011 | Mary Moloney, KSPR News Reporter

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Good Samaritans have found a way to help needy Springfield families this holiday season. About a dozen people walked into the South Campbell Kmart and paid for the presents of strangers whose gifts sat on layaway.

"One young man came in who had gotten a $500 bonus from work. He just thought it was a great thing. He's even posted it online challenging his friends to do the same thing and he's come in and paid off several people's layaways," said sales manager Mike Gray. "It just creates a little joy during this joyous time of year."

With one act, bills in the hundreds of dollars dwindle down to one cent. Employees said the reactions of unsuspecting families are priceless.

"She just couldn't talk. She was crying and was God Blessing us. I said 'Don't God bless us, we're just the people who have your layaway!"' Rita Tillery, Kmart layaway associate explained excitedly.

(Excerpt) Read more at articles.kspr.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bills; christmas; gifts; kmart; layaway; santa; secret; walmart
Occupy pukes donate? Oh, I think not. They wouldn't be caught dead in a Kmart or Walmart.

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1 posted on 12/21/2011 7:38:13 AM PST by Libloather
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To: Libloather

I’ve been wondering if it’s some kind of coordinated publicity stunt for K-Mart.

Good news anyway though.


2 posted on 12/21/2011 7:41:27 AM PST by Califreak ("Burnt By The Sun")
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To: Libloather

Also in Buffalo .....


3 posted on 12/21/2011 7:41:36 AM PST by RnMomof7
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To: Libloather

I think it’s a great gesture, but I wonder how K-Mart knows whether the customers getting their layaways paid off are indeed “needy”?

Or is it pretty much a given that anyone who has to use layaway at Christmas is?


4 posted on 12/21/2011 7:48:52 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia (Be careful of believing something just because you want it to be true.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

“Or is it pretty much a given that anyone who has to use layaway at Christmas is?”

For the most part, I’d say yes.

Although I’m not sure the word ‘needy’ is correct.

Let’s just say ‘monetarily challenged’.

:)


5 posted on 12/21/2011 7:55:14 AM PST by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: Califreak

Not many stores still offer layaway. Wal-Mart and K-Mart, as far as I know, are about the only chains that still offer it.


6 posted on 12/21/2011 7:56:40 AM PST by knittnmom (Save the earth! It's the only planet with chocolate!)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

you cannot worry about whether the person who put the merchandise on layaway is worthy of your gift. What ever you do is on you and your worry only deprives you of the warmth and satisfaction of helping someone. You do this act of kindness for your own well being and the fact that it is a good and right thing to do. Why destroy that by questioning and worrying about whether some unworthy person reaps a windfall. It is on them, not you. Don’t destroy that wonderful feeling and ruin your own happiness. Remember this: “It is always better to give than receive.”


7 posted on 12/21/2011 8:05:05 AM PST by yellowhorse (6 good horses, 3 good women)
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To: Califreak

Seems to be a lot of it going around this year.

My sister manages a billing call center. The other day she had a 97 year old woman call about some $100 bill that she couldn’t pay and whatever service she had was going to be shut off. The next call she took was a man who wanted to pay $100 dollars to pay the bill of some needy person. She reinstated the elderly woman’s service.


8 posted on 12/21/2011 8:05:12 AM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: Libloather

It is happening here in Target as well. Also, there was a news story last night about a man who is walking around in Goodwill, and randomly handing people $100 bills.


9 posted on 12/21/2011 8:05:16 AM PST by Grammy
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To: yellowhorse

I don’t worry about it at all—just noting that the story uses the word “needy” numerous times, and as part of an appeal for additional donations.


10 posted on 12/21/2011 8:09:39 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia (Be careful of believing something just because you want it to be true.)
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To: cripplecreek

I’m glad to hear people are helping each other, but if this trend continues, government will probably try and do something about it.


11 posted on 12/21/2011 8:11:13 AM PST by Califreak ("Burnt By The Sun")
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

1. Layaway is also used to “hide” presents from kids
2. Sometimes, people never come to get their layaways. This is a good way to get people to come after them, hoping they were paid off.


12 posted on 12/21/2011 8:14:20 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you really want to annoy someone, point out something obvious that they are trying hard to ignore)
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To: yellowhorse

Best thing I can do when I’m all mopey is try to do something for someone else.

For some reason, it always makes me feel better-not in a smug and self righteous way, but like God is blessing me by helping to change my mindset-if that makes any sense...


13 posted on 12/21/2011 8:15:44 AM PST by Califreak ("Burnt By The Sun")
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To: Califreak

Last spring I bought a bag of groceries at Glenn Beck’s urging and gave it to a woman walking out of the unemployment agency.

I just told her that not all help comes with government strings attached and suggested that she consider attending a tea party event.


14 posted on 12/21/2011 8:26:45 AM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: Califreak

I’m guessing that KMart is one of the few places that still does layaway.


15 posted on 12/21/2011 8:33:47 AM PST by mockingbyrd
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

YES...that’s what I am wondering....I don’t like rewarding people because they are “poor”.....some people are poor by their bad decisions.


16 posted on 12/21/2011 8:51:40 AM PST by goodnesswins (Banning Christmas (and Christmas decorations) is something that commies do.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

I’d like to know how they decide which accounts get paid off? I can see some lawsuits against K-Mart, Walmart etc. “You chose that man over me ‘cause he’s white and I’m (fill in the blank).


17 posted on 12/21/2011 8:51:54 AM PST by Terry Mross (I'll only vote for a second party)
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To: All

I heard on the radio yesterday that some Walmart manager refused to allow some woman to pay off one of the accounts. As I said, if I walk into a Walmart and say “I want to pay off someone’s lay-a-way account” how does the manager decide which one gets paid?


18 posted on 12/21/2011 8:54:41 AM PST by Terry Mross (I'll only vote for a second party)
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To: Terry Mross

Here in Michigan, the layaway clerk was on tv. She said that the lady who paid off 2300.00 dollars worth of layaways asked for the top of the pile of layaway tags. The woman paying, picked the ones she wanted to pay. ALL had toys and none were over three hundred dollars.


19 posted on 12/21/2011 10:20:57 AM PST by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice)
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To: Califreak

I was watching dateline or something like that last night as I was trying to go to sleep and they had a segment on this. In one part of the segment, they skype’d a man who’d went in and paid thousands on his local kmart layaways.
His image was blurred and he said he didnt want to be identified and mentioned that he challeneged all of his friends to do the same thing.

I thought the same thing at first but now I do believe that people have caught on and have been blessed and so in turn, have blessed others ~


20 posted on 12/21/2011 10:51:41 AM PST by simplesimon (You are entitled to your own opinions but not your own "facts"...........)
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To: knittnmom

Target says their sales are down because they didn’t offer layaway.

Guessing someone in marketing is getting coal at Target this year.


21 posted on 12/21/2011 11:13:25 AM PST by WOBBLY BOB (Congress: Looting the future to bribe the present.)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

You’re probably right! Wal-Mart had discontinued layaway in 2006, but reinstated it in September of this year, due to the sluggish economy.


22 posted on 12/21/2011 11:21:31 AM PST by knittnmom (Save the earth! It's the only planet with chocolate!)
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