Rankin Paynter, a Kentucky businessman, walked into to K-Mart to find a few good deals and ended up leaving with the entire store in his shopping cart.
USA Today reports that the K-Mart in Clark County, Kentucky, was getting ready to close its doors for goods when Paynter strolled into see if he could find a good deal. Curious, Paynter asked what happened to all the unsold items. A clerk told him that “power buyers” take all the unsold products, but Paynter had a better idea. He bought every item in the store and gave it all to charity.
According to Lex18, it took Paynter six hours and four cash registers to swipe all of his goods. Paynter ended up spending about $200,000.
Paynter, who owns a jewelry exchange business, said that he decided to donate everything to charity because he knows that there are a lot of people out there having a bad time. Paynter said that he sees people in need every day coming into his store trying to get cash for their jewelry. He decided that it was time to give something back. Paynter said:
“What I see is people coming in my store, needy people sell their stuff… It’s bad nowadays. I just told (the clerk) let’s just give it away to charity.””
The Huffington Post reports that Paynter donated his goods to Clark County Community Services, a nonprofit that helps families in needs. Judy Crowe of Clark County Community Services said that this will probably be the first year that she has enough coats, gloves, and hats to hand out to people in the winter.