The unidentified man paid the bill.
Gates said she asked who can pay everyone’s layaway. She said he told her “Santa Claus can.”
Gates had overheard the man tell another shopper who was putting items on layaway, "Either I am going to pay for it now or I'm going to pay for it later," WCAX reported.
Another woman, who also benefited from the goodwill, had a word for what had happened.
"It was kind of like surreal when they said no balance due, then it was really a reality," Tammy Desautels told WCAX.
Walmart didn't say how much the total of all the layaways was, but Gates said there were some that totaled $800 or $900, WCAX reported.
“Really have a feeling that there’s hope for mankind or whatever. There’s still good people out there,” Desautels said.