The secret Santa Claus granted early Christmas to celebrate some Walmart buyers. The mystery man paid without any expense for foreign purchases.
"I do not even think I can find the words to say," said Julia Gates of the Eden Mills Institute.
Gates went to pick up a package on Thursday at Derby Walmart, reports WCAX-TV. As she stood in line, she heard a conversation.
"He went over to the man in front of me and said, 'Either I'm going to pay for it now or I'll pay for it later,'" Gates said.
Then he turned to her and asked if she was paying for an item in the bathroom.
"He said," Why do not you run and get what you want now and come back here? "Gates said.
Gates was skeptical, but putting items on a layaway is why she was there in the first place.
"So I came back and he stood there waiting … no one was left," she said.
He paid for everything.
"It can not be, who can afford to just pay for everyone layaway? And he said" Santa Claus can, "Gates said.
A full floor-to-ceiling warehouse with Christmas gifts are now paid for all.
"It's kind of surreal when they said no balance due or whatever, so it was really a reality," said Walmart buyer Tammy Desotles of North Troy.
"I thought it was a rumor," said buyer Walmart, Sandra Cortez, of Brownington.
Walmart can not tell how much mystery shopper spent or how many people went home with free gifts.
"There were people who preceded me who were between $ 800 and $ 900," Gates said.
And many say that it is more than just free Christmas gifts, this is to make sure people can now pay for what matters.
"It really helped me a lot," said Desotles.
Desautels said money had been difficult since her husband broke his leg. She said gifts are now one less thing to worry about entering the cold winter months.
"I really have a feeling that there is hope for humanity or whatever, there are still good people there," she said.
Other recipients are still in shock.
"I want to thank him," Cortez said.
"I get the creeps to think about it, it's the true magic of Christmas," Gates said. "It's the Christmas spirit that goes between us."
St. Nick himself? Or maybe an elf? Maybe we'll never know.