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Florida police pay off layaways at Walmart store

Chief personally told shoppers their accounts had been taken care of

Dade City police paid off layaway accounts at a Florida Walmart.
Dade City police paid off layaway accounts at a Florida Walmart. (Dade City Police Department)

DADE CITY, Fla. – A Florida police department is giving back this holiday season by paying off all the layaways at a Walmart store, allowing 26 customers to finally pick up their purchases.

The Dade City Police Department said in a Facebook post that Chief James Walters and his staff walked into the store on Monday to pay off 26 layaway accounts totaling more than $4,300. The money came from anonymous donors and the Dade City Police Foundation. The buyers were surprised when they received the good news on a phone call from the police chief.

“Each call made a lasting memory, not only for the recipients, but the givers, as well,” Walters said in the statement.

A photo posted on Facebook shows Walters, his staff and Walmart employees posing by toy trucks and helicopters and with bicycles behind them.