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Kid Rock Stuns 350 Walmart Customers by Paying $81K in Layaway Accounts

Musician says he was inspired by director Tyler Perry

All Walmart customers want for Christmas is Kid Rock.

Taking a page from filmmaker Tyler Perry, the “All Summer Long” rapper got into the holiday spirit Saturday, paying off all 350 of the layaway accounts at a Tennessee Walmart to the tune of  $81,000, according to the store manager.

“Kudos to Kid Rock for making such a gesture in our community,” Walmart manager Tom Meyer told the Tennessean. “I think that’s a pretty Nashville proud moment.”

Rock, whose real name is Robert James Ritchie, said he was inspired by Perry, who tweeted Thursday that he had paid off the layaway accounts at two separate Georgia locations.

“@tylerperry Great idea! I followed your lead and paid off the layaway at my local Walmart in Nashville. Merry Christmas and God Bless You!” Rock wrote in a Friday tweet.

According to Meyer, Rock called his store Friday morning saying he wanted to pay off the balances on its layaway accounts. Rock’s manager then delivered the check.

The items on layaway are likely Christmas gifts, according to Meyer, who said the program is only available to customers during the holidays.

Customers were shocked as they were handed a card that explained Rock was picking up the tab.

“Merry Christmas from your neighbor!” the cards read.  One customer tweeted Rock saying: “We were gonna have to give up our kids christmas this year because we needed to pay rent but now, because of you, our babies will have a good christmas!! So thank you so much!!”

Kid Rock has property in Whites Creek, a neighborhood in Nashville.