Walmart corporate confirms to CBS12 News its employees at the store in Fort Pierce violated guidelines when it came to how they handled an $80,000 holiday donation from NFL star Khalil Mack.
A spokesperson for Walmart wants to make it clear the donation was not misused, but rather "mishandled" by the local store.
In December, Mack donated the money to his hometown Walmart to pay off the outstanding balances for about 300 layaways at the store.
Andy Ha and Noah Binner work at MLB Barbershop where they say Mack's uncle gets his haircut. They tell CBS12 they weren't surprised by Mack's generosity.
“I really support that because not a lot of people can support their family with the jobs that they are doing," Ha said. "For him to go out of his way and spend his own money to donate to those people I really like that.”
A spokesperson for Walmart tells CBS12 News a representative on Mack's foundation was aware the balance of the layaways was around $65,000. The check included benefits for employees, according to Walmart but the store would not say what kind of benefits.
CBS12 News reached out to Mack's foundation which has not confirmed or denied the claim.
Walmart corporate says it launched an investigation into the remaining $15,000.
In a statement to CBS12 News, Walmart says "based on an extensive internal review, we have determined the store did not handle the transaction in keeping with Walmart's guidelines."
Walmart has since taken corrective action. A spokesperson says it's a personnel matter and cannot comment on the issue.
"At least it wasn't for other stuff. At least they gave it back to the employee which is a good thing," Binner said.
Walmart says they hope this doesn't overshadow how grateful they are for Mack's generosity.