mystery person paying off other peoples layaways for christmas??

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seriouslypeople

Milwaukee, WI

#1 Dec 29, 2011
I heard that someone went into antioch walmart and payed off lay aways for people they dont know for christmas, I also heard that they did this at a Kmart too. I understand the nice gesture, but what really bugs me, is that it seems like they did this to grab some headlines. If you really want to be that generous and giving, then why not put money in the salvation army kettle, or drop it in the collection plate at church? There are plenty of ways to give to those in need without pulling a stunt that is guarenteed to grab you some headlines. The most generous people in the work give anonymously and QUIETLY !!! Why would you pay off layaways rather than give it to kids who really wont have a christmas at all ??? Obviously parents who started layaways have intentions of paying it off, you have to pay on it weekly or every other week, if these layaways where still valid the week of christmas obviously they were being paid. Some parents have a sense of pride knowing they were able to make that final payment, but when you pull a publicity stunt that like, you risk embarassing the parent and hurting their pride alittle. Im suspicious that this may be a certain person who recently won a huge prize in lake county, made the headlines and needs another fix. This is obviously someone who is unfamiliar with charity, giving anonymously and what that means if the charity really comes from your heart. So many people give and they want no credit, no headlines, no 15 minutes of fame or attention whatsoever. So whoever pulled this publicity stunt, shame on you, you may have had good intentions but you went about it the wrong way. Next time give to orphans who have nothing in the first place and please do it quietly if your real intention is just to give !
etc

United States

#2 Dec 29, 2011
Thank you to everyone who gave this holiday season, no matter how, no matter what and no matter to whom. Charity is charity no matter who it is given to. Thank you mystery givers!
yourkidding

United States

#3 Dec 30, 2011
seriously? you have a problem with this? wow....
Too Funny

United States

#4 Dec 31, 2011
OK, just realized this person (seriouslypeople) has TWO posts about this "secret Santa". This had to really get her goat!! Who in their right mind objects to a secret Santa?
Whyofwhy

United States

#5 Jan 1, 2012
seriouslypeople wrote:
I heard that someone went into antioch walmart and payed off lay aways for people they dont know for christmas, I also heard that they did this at a Kmart too. I understand the nice gesture, but what really bugs me, is that it seems like they did this to grab some headlines. If you really want to be that generous and giving, then why not put money in the salvation army kettle, or drop it in the collection plate at church? There are plenty of ways to give to those in need without pulling a stunt that is guarenteed to grab you some headlines. The most generous people in the work give anonymously and QUIETLY !!! Why would you pay off layaways rather than give it to kids who really wont have a christmas at all ??? Obviously parents who started layaways have intentions of paying it off, you have to pay on it weekly or every other week, if these layaways where still valid the week of christmas obviously they were being paid. Some parents have a sense of pride knowing they were able to make that final payment, but when you pull a publicity stunt that like, you risk embarassing the parent and hurting their pride alittle. Im suspicious that this may be a certain person who recently won a huge prize in lake county, made the headlines and needs another fix. This is obviously someone who is unfamiliar with charity, giving anonymously and what that means if the charity really comes from your heart. So many people give and they want no credit, no headlines, no 15 minutes of fame or attention whatsoever. So whoever pulled this publicity stunt, shame on you, you may have had good intentions but you went about it the wrong way. Next time give to orphans who have nothing in the first place and please do it quietly if your real intention is just to give !
OMG, you have got to be kidding! Seriously, if you have a problem with this you need to look at yourself in the mirror and figure out why. Who are you to judge someone else? Or their motives? At Christmas? Over their charity? How dare you!
Faye_Kane

Tavares, FL

#6 Feb 17, 2012
> why not put money in the salvation army kettle

...or just pay extra income tax in April?

Because he wanted to make real people, local people, happy on Christmas, not just bankroll a welfare program.

> or drop it in the collection plate at church?

This guy was a REAL christian. He gave big money away for no other reason than to make other people happy—strangers he doesn't even know.

That kind of person doesn't usually go to church.(Except maybe the Unitarian Church).

The very last thing Christ wanted is for people to worship HIM, personally. He DID want us to help the poor and the sick, and be kind, and care about other people's feelings.

That's what this layaway guy did.

I'll bet YOU go to an angry fundamentalist church every week, huh! "Praise his name! Praise his book!"

God doesn't care what you think of his name or his book or the name of his book. He cares about

HOW

YOU

TREAT

OTHER

PEOPLE

!

> There are ways to give without pulling a stunt that is guarenteed to grab you some headlines.

So... you think this guy gave away free money without letting anyone know who he is, not to help the people he gave it too, but to get his name in the paper?

You're projecting your own motivations for doing things.

> The most generous people in the world give anonymously and QUIETLY

That's exactly what he did.

...Look, if you're mentally retarded, I apologize for making fun of you.

> Why would you pay off layaways?

Because people that put stuff on layaway for christmas:

☺ don't have the money to just pay cash. That is, they're poor. We also observe that they shop at Wal-Mart instead of putting stuff on layaway at Lord and Taylor.

☺ work hard even though they're poor. Unemployed drunks don't put things on layaway.

☺ care a LOT about making their wife and kids really happy. That is, they're poor, but not the wife-beating, family-neglecting bad people.

> if these layaways were still valid the week of christmas, then obviously they were being paid.

And if they haven't been paid off immediately before christmas, there's a good chance that the poor, struggling father couldn't quite stretch his money far enough to finish paying in time. In that case, he was probably wringing his hands, praying for a christmas miracle. And not for himself either.

In fact, if you want to find people who deserve magic gift money to fall from the sky, I can't think of a better ad-hoc metric than to find the ones who put stuff on christmas layaway at wal-mart and couldn't quite pay for it.

> give it to kids who won't have a christmas at all

You mean Jewish kids?

Their parents can already afford to buy them stuff. I don't know many of em, but the Jews I've met get paid real well because they're smarter than normal people and work really hard. That that makes them the only rich people who actually deserve to be rich.

> you risk embarrassing the parent

Who gets embarrassed when someone shows them kindness and love? Only humble people, who are EXACTLY THE ones who deserve even more kindness and love.

> hurting their pride a little.

Pride deserves to be hurt. And more than a little.

You think this is about pride?

That shows the kind of person you are. Neither the poor struggling fathers nor the guy who paid off their layaways are prideful.

YOU, on the other hand, ARE. You're a prideful, angry, covetous, jealous, petty, greedy, grabby, evil, typical, republican.

> I'm suspicious that this may be a certain person

...add "suspicious" to the list.

> Many people give and they want no credit, no fame or attention.

You mean like the guy who paid the bills of poor people?

Add "stupid" to the list, too.

> shame on him

You know nothing of shame.

Because you're infected with what I call "the sickness".

I call it that because it doesn't have any other name.

♥,

faye kane homeless brain
tinyurl dot com slash kanecave
applepie23

Genesee Depot, WI

#7 Mar 1, 2012
wow someones nuerotic, did you have way too much caffiene today, or are you on something else??? calm down already, i think you need some serious help lady. anyone who knit picks and analizng THAT MUCH, needs to talk to someone desperately, maybe a shrink. Geez just give an opinion and move on, no reason for such a long drawn out over the top rant, it gave me a headache !!!!!!!!!
yay

United States

#8 Apr 19, 2012
yay to the walmart layaway payers, can't wait to see more giving by these generous people next year!
exroundlaker

Hartland, WI

#9 Apr 21, 2012
Chill out people, everyone has a right to an opinion. You try to come off as the typical goody two shoes when you know you think the same thing. No one has the guts to state the obvious , its way too easy to jump on the bandwagon rather than say what you really feel. The person who did this wanted the attention as well as to help people, but you have to agree there are way better ways to give than to use that method its kind of bizarre if u ask me. if your heart is in the right place you give quietly and discreetly and exspect no glory or praise or press for it. The person who started the discussion was only stating the obvious. so if u cant give a real honest opinion instead of mirroring everyone elses, then you dont belong on here this is for honest people who arent afriad to speak the truth
Idiot Watch

United States

#10 Apr 21, 2012
exroundlaker wrote:
Chill out people, everyone has a right to an opinion. You try to come off as the typical goody two shoes when you know you think the same thing. No one has the guts to state the obvious , its way too easy to jump on the bandwagon rather than say what you really feel. The person who did this wanted the attention as well as to help people, but you have to agree there are way better ways to give than to use that method its kind of bizarre if u ask me. if your heart is in the right place you give quietly and discreetly and exspect no glory or praise or press for it. The person who started the discussion was only stating the obvious. so if u cant give a real honest opinion instead of mirroring everyone elses, then you dont belong on here this is for honest people who arent afriad to speak the truth
Not when their opinion is completely ridiculous. Then they really should keep it to themselves. Especially when people refuse to listen to common sense. It usually means they have an ulterior motive, in other words, I'm guessing you know the giver and are just jealous.
Mariella

Round Lake, IL

#11 Nov 13, 2012
Just mad cuz they did not get a part of it... If ur such a fan of charities and such THEN U DO IT!! it made headlines because we do not see much of giving anymore.. All he/she did was give a helping hand around the holidays.
joannabest

Milwaukee, WI

#12 Nov 15, 2012
give to your churches,food pantrys and homeless shelters, that is the true meaning of needy in this economy.... isnt that all the poster is trying to say? so whats with all the people freaking out its a simple concept you give to those truely in need ... is that really such a horrible outrageous idea?? i dont get it?? why would you all freak out over someone simply stating that there are more needier causes that are so obvious compared to walmart shoppers? really? think about that im totally understanding where this poster is coming from... so dont get your panties in a bunch over a simple statement about an obvious answer ... helping the homeless and the starving family vs walmart shoppers??
Secret Santa

Round Lake, IL

#13 Nov 16, 2012
joannabest wrote:
give to your churches,food pantrys and homeless shelters, that is the true meaning of needy in this economy.... isnt that all the poster is trying to say? so whats with all the people freaking out its a simple concept you give to those truely in need ... is that really such a horrible outrageous idea?? i dont get it?? why would you all freak out over someone simply stating that there are more needier causes that are so obvious compared to walmart shoppers? really? think about that im totally understanding where this poster is coming from... so dont get your panties in a bunch over a simple statement about an obvious answer ... helping the homeless and the starving family vs walmart shoppers??
Yes, give to those in need, and give any way you want! That includes being a Secret Santa at Walmart! That is the TRUE meaning of the Holidays. Give to whoever you want, just give. Don't forget the other important message of "thou shalt not judge"
either! See you at the Lay a Way Counter!
dxu

Round Lake, IL

#14 Nov 19, 2012
joannabest wrote:
give to your churches,food pantrys and homeless shelters, that is the true meaning of needy in this economy.... isnt that all the poster is trying to say? so whats with all the people freaking out its a simple concept you give to those truely in need ... is that really such a horrible outrageous idea?? i dont get it?? why would you all freak out over someone simply stating that there are more needier causes that are so obvious compared to walmart shoppers? really? think about that im totally understanding where this poster is coming from... so dont get your panties in a bunch over a simple statement about an obvious answer ... helping the homeless and the starving family vs walmart shoppers??
Since when is it anyone's business how someone chooses to give? It certainly is none of yours (or the 1st poster who appears to be you).
whatsgoingon

Milwaukee, WI

#15 Nov 23, 2012
So much for freedom of speech. I think some people just like to sound moral rather than admit the poster is right in asking that orphans,homeless and our churches recieve priority. Im wondering how any of you can and still do argue with that. Your not going to convince me that giving to orphaned children or the homeless means less than the layaway department at any store be it walmart or kmart or sears. If you dont understand the simple meaning of what the poster is trying to get across then dont embarass yourself with ignorant answers. Thats all.
dxu

Round Lake, IL

#16 Nov 23, 2012
whatsgoingon wrote:
So much for freedom of speech. I think some people just like to sound moral rather than admit the poster is right in asking that orphans,homeless and our churches recieve priority. Im wondering how any of you can and still do argue with that. Your not going to convince me that giving to orphaned children or the homeless means less than the layaway department at any store be it walmart or kmart or sears. If you dont understand the simple meaning of what the poster is trying to get across then dont embarass yourself with ignorant answers. Thats all.
No, what is embarrassing is someone who thinks they have the right to judge anyone else, or to question their giving spirit. How sad for you that you are so ignorant as to not understand that. That's all.
More Change

Elk Grove Village, IL

#17 Nov 23, 2012
seriouslypeople wrote:
I heard that someone went into antioch walmart and payed off lay aways for people they dont know for christmas, I also heard that they did this at a Kmart too. I understand the nice gesture, but what really bugs me, is that it seems like they did this to grab some headlines. If you really want to be that generous and giving, then why not put money in the salvation army kettle, or drop it in the collection plate at church? There are plenty of ways to give to those in need without pulling a stunt that is guarenteed to grab you some headlines. The most generous people in the work give anonymously and QUIETLY !!! Why would you pay off layaways rather than give it to kids who really wont have a christmas at all ??? Obviously parents who started layaways have intentions of paying it off, you have to pay on it weekly or every other week, if these layaways where still valid the week of christmas obviously they were being paid. Some parents have a sense of pride knowing they were able to make that final payment, but when you pull a publicity stunt that like, you risk embarassing the parent and hurting their pride alittle. Im suspicious that this may be a certain person who recently won a huge prize in lake county, made the headlines and needs another fix. This is obviously someone who is unfamiliar with charity, giving anonymously and what that means if the charity really comes from your heart. So many people give and they want no credit, no headlines, no 15 minutes of fame or attention whatsoever. So whoever pulled this publicity stunt, shame on you, you may have had good intentions but you went about it the wrong way. Next time give to orphans who have nothing in the first place and please do it quietly if your real intention is just to give !
What have you done to help others? Its easy to complain about what other people do, but what have you done?????
More Change

Elk Grove Village, IL

#18 Nov 23, 2012
seriouslypeople wrote:
I heard that someone went into antioch walmart and payed off lay aways for people they dont know for christmas, I also heard that they did this at a Kmart too. I understand the nice gesture, but what really bugs me, is that it seems like they did this to grab some headlines. If you really want to be that generous and giving, then why not put money in the salvation army kettle, or drop it in the collection plate at church? There are plenty of ways to give to those in need without pulling a stunt that is guarenteed to grab you some headlines. The most generous people in the work give anonymously and QUIETLY !!! Why would you pay off layaways rather than give it to kids who really wont have a christmas at all ??? Obviously parents who started layaways have intentions of paying it off, you have to pay on it weekly or every other week, if these layaways where still valid the week of christmas obviously they were being paid. Some parents have a sense of pride knowing they were able to make that final payment, but when you pull a publicity stunt that like, you risk embarassing the parent and hurting their pride alittle. Im suspicious that this may be a certain person who recently won a huge prize in lake county, made the headlines and needs another fix. This is obviously someone who is unfamiliar with charity, giving anonymously and what that means if the charity really comes from your heart. So many people give and they want no credit, no headlines, no 15 minutes of fame or attention whatsoever. So whoever pulled this publicity stunt, shame on you, you may have had good intentions but you went about it the wrong way. Next time give to orphans who have nothing in the first place and please do it quietly if your real intention is just to give !
You must be a saint! That must be what gives you the moral high-ground to preach to the rest of us about what we should do! Before you bother to say "I can't talk about all the wonderful things I have done because it wasn't for publicity", let me guess that all you have done is sit around judging everyone else! If you want to be the Grinch keep your misery to yourself! Its the holiday season and the rest of us want to enjoy the good deeds of others! I can just imagine that you are one of those miserable complainers who people hate to be around!
dxu

Round Lake, IL

#19 Nov 24, 2012
Too Funny wrote:
OK, just realized this person (seriouslypeople) has TWO posts about this "secret Santa". This had to really get her goat!! Who in their right mind objects to a secret Santa?
yes, and I believe she's baaaack
After reading all the posts it appears there is just one person from Milwaukee all up in arms about a secret santa at walmart.
My guess is she's a little jealous.....:)

Since: Jan 12

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#20 Nov 30, 2012
Whatever prods you to give, just do it. The Lord works in mysterious ways! If you feel the need to give to someone in an unconventional way, there probably is a reason! Just give.

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