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A Walmart store in Fort Pierce, Florida admits misusing $20,000 of a gift donation from Chicago Bears linebacker Khalil Mack to pay off 350 layaways for Christmas.

TCPalm.com reports Mack's foundation approached store management and asked to "be a secret Santa."

Mack, a native of Fort Pierce, donated $80,000 to the Walmart location to pay off 350 layaways totaling $60,000.

The store manager disbursed the remaining $20,000 to store employees. It isn't clear if the manager intentionally overinflated the total cost of the layaways.

In a statement, a Walmart spokesman admitted the store management "misused" the $20,000.

"We have determined the site did not handle the transaction in keeping with Walmart's guidelines and have taken corrective action," company spokesperson Delia Garcia said in a statement.

A store employee alerted Walmart's corporate office to the misused funds. The whistleblower did not receive a share of the $20,000.

Garcia did not say how many employees received the $20,000.

Mack's charitable donation made headlines after the store sent out a tweet, writing: "If you have an active Holiday Layaway account at your local Ft. Pierce Walmart, your account has been paid off!"

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Walmart has apologized for selling a Christmas sweater that featured a Santa Claus who was jolly for all the wrong reasons.

Walmart pulled the sweaters from its online inventory and apologized after customers complained on Twitter.com on Saturday.

The sweater featured Santa Claus seated at a table preparing to snort three lines of what appears to be powdered cocaine. The sweater was emblazoned with the words "Let It Snow."

Twitter users argued, even if Walmart didn't notice the offensive image on the sweater, how could they miss the product description: "Santa really likes to savor the moment when he gets his hands on some quality, grade A, Colombian snow."

"Walmart, explain why was this okay? Ever! Who was the target market?" tweeted one irate user.

Walmart also removed other offensive Christmas sweaters that featured a partially nude Santa sitting on a porcelain throne and a Santa spanking Mrs. Claus.

In a statement to Global News, Walmart apologized profusely for "any unintended offense this may have caused" and attributed the blame to a "third-party seller" on Walmart Canada.

Walmart said the product did not "represent Walmart's values and have no place on our website."

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