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Tyler Perry Pays Off $400K Worth Of Layaways in Georgia

Customers at two Georgia stores got Christmas surprises in the form of paid off layaway courtesy of actor, writer and director Tyler Perry.
Customers at two Georgia stores got Christmas surprises in the form of paid off layaway courtesy of actor, writer and director Tyler Perry.
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An Atlanta celebrity spread a little cheer at two metro area Walmart stores this week.

Customers at two stores got Christmas surprises in the form of paid off layaway courtesy of actor, writer and director Tyler Perry.

Perry, who intended the gift to be anonymous, confirmed the move in a video posted Thursday to Twitter.

He spent $434,000 on items at a Walmart in East Point and another store in Douglasville. That covered all but one penny of the balances.

In the post, Tyler said customers only had to pay one cent to get their purchases. He says he knows people are struggling and he’s just “really, really grateful to be able to be in a position to do this.”

Tyler Perry, whose studio is located in Southwest Atlanta, is one of a few Walmart Secret Santas who have paid off layaway bills at four stores across the country, according to CNN.

WABE staff contributed to this report.