Rock, who said he was following the lead of Tyler Perry, Paid off accounts to the tune of $81,000, a story manager told The Tennessean. Perry tweeted Thursday that he had paid off the layaway accounts at two Georgia Walmarts.
Perry’s gesture was apparently meant to be a little less splashy, saying he originally wanted to do the payoffs anonymously. Perry has announced the “Madea Farewell Play Tour,” which hits the road with Oakland, Calif.’s Paramount Theatre Jan. 18-20.
I was trying to do this anonymously but oh well!!! pic.twitter.com/T0dhRHyU66— Tyler Perry (@tylerperry) December 6, 2018
“Kudos to Kid Rock for making such a gesture in our community,” Walmart manager Tom Meyer told the paper. “I think that’s a pretty Nashville proud moment.” Rock called Meyer’s store on Friday morning saying he wanted to pay off the balances on its layaway accounts. Rock’s manager then delivered a check to the store. Plus, customers, who were likely buying Christmas gifts because that’s the only time the program is available, also got a card: “Merry Christmas from your neighbor!” it says. Rock, aka Robert Ritchie, lives in the Whites Creek neighborhood.
@tylerperry Great idea! I followed your lead and paid off the layaway at my local Walmart in Nashville. Merry Christmas and God Bless You!— Kid Rock (@KidRock) December 7, 2018