Kid Rock paid off the balances of every layaway account at a Walmart store in Nashville, Tenn.
Last week, the conservative rocker was the target of liberals when he (accurately) used the “b” word to describe “The View” host, Joy Behar, during a live Fox and Friends segment where he was discussing the opening of his new Nashville, TN restaurant with Fox and Friends host Steve Doocey. Doocey went out of his way to apologize for Rock’s comment. Kid Rock also apologized, but that wasn’t enough for the left, Nashville parade organizers immediately withdrew their invitation for Kid Rock to be their grand marshal.
On his Facebook post, Kid Rock told his fans that the parade wasn’t about him but “about the kids and the wonderful work they do at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital”:
Well folks, it is official…My parade has been rained on!
But in the end, it is not about me. It is about the kids and the wonderful work they do at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.
Either way, myself, family and especially my granddaughter, are gonna enjoy today.
Sending well wishes for a break in the rain and a successful parade.
I love Nashville and the people she holds.
But remember…Rock n Roll Never Forgets!!
Robert Ritchie / Kid Rock
This week, according to WBIR, the musician gave the 3458 Dickerson Pike store about $81,000 to pay down all of the accounts, said Tom Meyer, the store’s manager.
“Kudos to Kid Rock for making such a gesture in our community,” Meyer said. “I think that’s a pretty Nashville proud moment.”
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 Rock’s 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 layaway 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 Rock’s 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.
Kid Rock, whose real name is Robert James Richie, has property in Whites Creek.
The official Twitter account for the retail giant applauded Kid Rock and Perry for paying off the layaways at the three Walmart locations.
“This is awesome! You guys are spreading the Christmas spirit like crazy,” the Walmart tweet said.
Kid Rock took to Twitter to thank Tyler Perry for inspiring him to pay off the layaway balances at a local Walmart, calling it a “Great idea”, letting Perry know he did the same thing at a local Walmart. Rock ended his tweet by telling Tyler, “Merry Christmas and God Bless You!”
@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