Kid Rock Pays Layaway Balances For 350 Walmart Customers

Scott Morefield | Reporter

Kid Rock paid off the layaway balances of 350 Walmart customers in Nashville ahead of Christmas.

Kid Rock paid the store around $81,000, store manager Tom Meyer told WBIR.

“Kudos to Kid Rock for making such a gesture in our community,” said Meyer. “I think thats a pretty Nashville proud moment.”

US President Donald Trump shakes hands with musician Kid Rock (R) after signing the Hatch-Goodlatte Music Modernization Act, a bipartisan bill aimed at ensuring artists who released records prior to 1972 are paid royalties from digital services, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, October 11, 2018. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP)

The musician posted a tweet Friday saying he was inspired by movie director Tyler Perry, who paid over $400,000 worth of layaway tabs at two Atlanta area Walmart stores on Thursday. (RELATED: Kid Rock Points To White House Media, Tells Them Exactly What He Thinks Of Their Trump Coverage)

@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

WBIR reported:

Meyer said Kid Rock called the store on Friday morning, explaining that he wanted to spread some good cheer by paying down the balances. Kid Rocks manager later came into the store to make the big payment.

It was a shocking, cool moment for Meyer, he said. And it has been an awesome experience letting customers know their accounts have been paid off. The items on lawaway are likely Christmas gifts since the store only offers the program during the holiday season, Meyer said.

The layaway customers, who have been coming into the store as a result of Kid Rocks gesture, are wearing shocked and smiling faces, Meyer said. Each one is being handed a card explaining that Kid Rock made the payment on their behalf, he said.

“Merry Christmas from your neighbor!” the cards read.

Walmart tweeted its thanks to both Kid Rock and Tyler Perry.

This totally ROCKS! Thank you @KidRock and @tylerperry for your amazing generosity ???? #SparkKindness

— Walmart (@Walmart) December 7, 2018

Kid Rock was reportedly removed as the Nashville Christmas Parades grand marshal after controversial comments he made on “Fox & Friends” about political correctness and Joy Behar.

“I think the presidents doing a great job with his policies,” said the musician. “I wish, you know, I heard you earlier in a bumper asking people what was their biggest concern, and mine would be just, you know, the division in the country right now. Its so hard for people just to get past that we can disagree and still be cordial with one another, you know, and just talk about things without going for each others throats and protesting everything and — God forbid you say something a little bit wrong — youre racist, homophobic, Islamophobic. This, that and the other. People need to calm down, get a little less politically correct. And I would say, you know, love everybody. Except Id say screw that Joy Behar bitch. Everybody but that.”

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