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Walmart investigating controversy after Chicago Bears' Khalil Mack generous layaway payment

Posted: 11:38 PM, Dec 19, 2019
Updated: 2019-12-23 10:10:04-05

FORT PIERCE, Fla. — There is a Christmas controversy after a local star athlete's heartwarming generosity along the Treasure Coast.

Recently, Chicago Bears star and Fort Pierce native Khalil Mack stunned hundreds of shoppers paying layaway bills at the Walmart in his hometown.

"She rung it up and everything came up to zero. And I was like Woooow! This is really great!," said a woman at Walmart.

The good deed has now caused an investigation according to Chicago's Fox affiliate.

Mack's charitable foundation cut an $80,000 check. The bill only added up to $60,000.

According to the report, Walmart is investigating if the store contacted Mack's foundation about what to do with the extra $20,000.

WFLD says the cash was split among workers and another employee is said to have alerted Walmart officials, who have launched an internal investigation.

"We appreciate Khalil Mack's generosity in paying off layaway items for hundreds of customers on the Fort Pierce community and are looking into how the store handled the transaction to ensure it was appropriate and in keeping with Walmart's guidelines, said a Walmart spokesperson in a statement.