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O.C. ‘layaway angel’ pays $16,000 tab for 260 Kmart shoppers

December 21, 2011 |  3:12 pm

Christmas came early for customers at a Kmart store in Costa Mesa, where a so-called layaway angel picked up the tab for 260 people with layaway tabs.

David Wilson, who owns several Orange County car dealerships, saw a report on KTLA-TV Channel 5 about benevolent secret Santas who are paying off people's layaway bills for them.

Inspired by the idea, the Laguna Beach resident called up the Costa Mesa store and asked them to tabulate the accounts with a balance of $100 or less, the Orange County Register reported.

Wilson wrote a check for $15,919.61 and store officials called layaway customers to tell them the happy news. The newspaper reported that another $8,000 had been donated anonymously to pay off additional tabs.

In addition to Wilson's contribution, Lawrence said, another $8,000 in layaway bills have been paid off by strangers over the last week.

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