Bunbury Toyworld owners who had a secret Santa pay down $12,500 worth of their customers’ lay-bys have revealed they know the identity of the generous man who did it.
Appearing on Brekky Central on Friday, owners Rick and Harvey Baker spoke about the joyous moment after the man spread some Christmas cheer.
The brothers confirmed to Sunrise host Nat Barr (a fellow Bunbury local) they knew the donor but wouldn’t publicly reveal his identity.
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“Yeah. We do know the chap,” both brothers confirmed.
The store owners said they wanted to respect his wishes to remain unnamed.
Toyworld Bunbury owners Rick and Harvey Baker revealed they do know the identity of a man who paid down $12,500 worth of customer lay-bys while appearing on Sunrise on Friday. Credit: Seven
“Like we say, he wants to stay anonymous, which is fair enough.
“He said he had a good year. He wanted to pass a bit of the goodwill on to quite a few other people.”
The brothers spoke of their shock at receiving a phone call from the man about 10 days ago, asking them to tally-up the cost of the accounts so he could pay them off.
“I was a little bit shocked,” Rick said.
“I said, ‘look, I don’t know off the top of my head. I would have to get back to you. If you give me your number I will call you with the amount’.”
The brothers said they wouldn’t publicly reveal the generous donor, who said he wanted to offer the generous gift anonymously. Credit: Seven
The pair said they didn’t tell customers immediately, instead just letting them know as they came in to pay off their lay-bys.
“We just thought, look, it will be a lovely surprise for anybody that comes through the store,” the brothers said.
They said one particular shopper was running short when he dropped by to pay $50 off his lay-by last Tuesday, when the owners let him know it wasn’t necessary.
“He said ‘I’m stressed. I have lost my job. I will give you a bit more next week and the following week I will pay it off’,” the brothers recalled.
Instead, the men offered the emotional customer his lay-by, noting that he didn’t even realise what was happening.
“He was lost for words. He teared-up and it was a beautiful moment,” they said.
The story broke on Thursday when the brothers revealed the generous gift on their social media accounts.
“It has been truly amazing being able to share this news with our customers and see their joy … upon collecting their lay-bys,” the siblings said in a post.
“What a wonderful Christmas gesture to share some joy among the Bunbury community.”
It’s not the first time a Bunbury businessperson has contributed so generously at the store, with $13,500 donated to pay off lay-bys in 2021.
The Baker brothers have owned the business for more than four decades and are looking to sell as they move into retirement.