Florida police officers help pay Walmart layaway bills for 26 customers

Florida officers help pay Walmart layaway bills for 26 customers

DADE CITY, Fla. — Attention, Walmart shoppers: Your layaway balance is now zero.

That was the message a west-central Florida police department had for 26 people who had layaway accounts at a Walmart in Dade City, WFLA reported.

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Chief James Walters, of the Dade City Police Department, said his officers, with help from community members, paid off the accounts, which totaled more than $4,300, the television station reported. He relayed the news to each customer by telephone, WTSP reported.

"Each call made a lasting memory, not only for the recipients, but the givers, as well," Walters said in a Facebook post.

Walters said some of the money was donated anonymously by “community partners,” which “allows us to give back to our citizens in a number of ways at Christmas time.”