Walmart admits layaway donation from Bears linebacker Khalil Mack was misused
Walmart employees misused $20,000 of a Christmas donation Chicago Bears linebacker Khalil Mack's foundation made to pay off layaways for customers of the store in Fort Pierce, Florida, where he was born and raised, a company spokesperson told TCPalm.
Mack's foundation donated $80,000, but layaways totaled only $60,000, so the store's management let employees purchase the $20,000 balance worth of items on layaway, the company's internal investigation found.
Walmart would not say whether any employees were disciplined or, if so, how.
"We have determined the store did not handle the transaction in keeping with Walmart's guidelines and have taken corrective action," company spokesperson Delia Garcia said.
Chicago Bears outside linebacker Khalil Mack (52) warms up prior to a game earlier this season. (Photo: Kena Krutsinger, USA TODAY Sports)
Garcia would not say how many employees benefited, whether managers were among them or how many managers were involved. An employee who was not included in the donation alerted company officials, who investigated, a company spokesperson said.
The foundation's donation covered over 300 customer layaway accounts, said Mathias Libardi, manager of the Fort Pierce store at 5100 Okeechobee Road.
The foundation did not respond to TCPalm's email seeking comment and there's no phone number listed on its website.
Mack, a Chicago Bears outside linebacker, graduated from Fort Pierce Westwood High School in 2009.
Catie Wegman is a TCPalm community reporter. She can be reached by email at [email protected], or you can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @Catie_Wegman and Facebook @catiewegman1.
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