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Mystery business tycoon plays Secret Santa, wipes out $8,300 in toy shop bills



Christmas cheer sweeps Bunbury as anonymous local business magnate makes generous gesture

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In a heartwarming display of festive generosity, a clandestine Santa has sprinkled holiday magic on customers at a toy store in Bunbury, Western Australia. The anonymous local business magnate, described as having had a prosperous year, surprised patrons at Toyworld by settling a staggering $8,300 in lay-by checks.

The news broke on social media, with Toyworld’s proprietors, the Baker brothers, Rick and Harvey, unveiling the mysterious benefactor’s identity as a well-to-do businessman. The duo, tight-lipped about further details, shared their elation in an online post, expressing the joy witnessed among customers collecting their lay-bys.

Speaking exclusively to 7NEWS.com.au, Rick and Harvey disclosed that the magnanimous individual, touched by the ongoing global cost-of-living crisis, decided to spread some festive cheer among the Bunbury community.

Harvey, overwhelmed by the unexpected act of kindness, shared, “I was gobsmacked, over the moon, and all the emotions that come with it. We kept it in-house for about two weeks and then broke the news to customers as they came in.”

The past weeks have been particularly poignant for the toy shop owners, who witnessed firsthand the toll of the worldwide cost-of-living and housing crises on parents striving to create a magical Christmas for their children.

Harvey, privileged to share the incredible news, recounted touching moments, including a single father, recently unemployed, moved to tears upon learning that his $275 toy bill was taken care of.

The heartening gesture stands out amid a backdrop of global economic challenges. In a recent viral TikTok video, a US resident highlighted the severity of the cost-of-living crisis, showcasing how meager grocery purchases were with $100.

TikToker Carenstino documented his ‘very basic’ purchases, expressing disbelief at the escalating prices. The video resonated with viewers, echoing sentiments of rising grocery costs and the struggle to make ends meet.

As the world grapples with economic uncertainties, the anonymous benefactor’s act of kindness in Bunbury serves as a beacon of hope, reminding us that even in challenging times, the spirit of giving can illuminate the darkest corners.


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