Wal-What?: Walmart 'mishandled' chunk of Khalil Mack's donation to Florida store

Chicago Bears pass-rusher Khalil Mack does what he can for Fort Pierce, Fla., the coastal town where he and his brothers were born and raised.

Last summer he paid for new cleats for players at Fort Pierce Westwood High, where he was an all-area football player, and last month he played Secret Santa for dozens of families, donating $80,000 through his foundation to pay off all of the layaway accounts at the Walmart in Fort Pierce.

Mack’s generosity may have been taken advantage of.

Transaction wasn’t handled properly

Via TCPalm.com, Walmart has admitted that the transaction involving Mack’s foundation wasn’t handled properly.

“We have determined the store did not handle the transaction in keeping with Walmart's guidelines and have taken corrective action,” company spokesperson Delia Garcia told TCPalm.

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KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 10: Oakland Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack (52) on the bench in the fourth quarter of an AFC West showdown between the Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs on December 10, 2017 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO. The Chiefs won 26-15. (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 08: Khalil Mack of the Buffalo Bulls poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after he was picked #5 overall by the Oakland Raiders during the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on May 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 08: Khalil Mack (L) of the Buffalo Bulls and Johnny Manziel of the Texas A&M Aggies are introduced during the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on May 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
08 MAY 2014: Khalil Mack on the Red Carpet at the 2014 NFL Draft. The 2104 NFL Draft was held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon SMI/Corbis via Getty Images)
Oakland Raiders Khalil Mack (52) runs drills during a practice session at the Oakland Raiders Napa Valley Training Complex in Napa, Calif., on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)(Digital First Media Group/Contra Costa Times via Getty Images)
15 August 2014: Raiders linebacker Khalil Mack during action in an NFL preseason game against the Detroit Lions at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, CA. The Raiders posted a 27-26 victory. (Photo by Daniel Gluskoter/ICON SMI/Corbis via Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 20: Brandian Ross #29 of the Oakland Raiders celebrates with teammates Tarell Brown #23 and Khalil Mack #52 during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at O.co Coliseum on November 20, 2014 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 20: Alex Smith #11 of the Kansas City Chiefs is tackled by Khalil Mack #52 of the Oakland Raiders during the game at O.co Coliseum on November 20, 2014 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
December 21, 2014: Oakland Raiders outside linebacker Khalil Mack (52) on Sunday, December 21, 2014, at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, California. The Raiders defeated the Bills 26-24. (Photo by Al Golub/Icon Sportswire/Corbis via Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - JANUARY 31: Outside linebacker for the Oakland Raiders Khalil Mack attends the 4th Annual NFL Honors at Phoenix Convention Center on January 31, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/WireImage)
CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 27, 2015: Linebacker Khalil Mack #52 of the Oakland Raiders celebrates a sack during a game against the Cleveland Browns on September 27, 2015 at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. Oakland won 27-20. (Photo by Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)
Oakland Raiders defensive end and outside lineman Khalil Mack is photographed at their training camp in Napa, Calif., on Monday, Aug. 15, 2016. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)(Digital First Media Group/Bay Area News via Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WI - AUGUST 18: Khalil Mack #52 of the Oakland Raiders warms up before the preseason game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on August 18, 2016 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Defensive end Khalil Mack #52 of the Oakland Raiders is defended by tight end Jacob Tamme #83 of the Atlanta Falcons during the first quarter at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 18, 2016 in Oakland, California. The Atlanta Falcons defeated the Oakland Raiders 35-28. Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 09: Khalil Mack #52 of the Oakland Raiders runs onto the field during player introduction prior to playing the San Diego Chargers in an NFL football game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 9, 2016 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 06: Khalil Mack #52 of the Oakland Raiders sacks Trevor Siemian #13 of the Denver Broncos in their game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on November 6, 2016 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 31: Oakland Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack (52) at the Oakland Raiders Versus Seattle Seahawks game on August 31, 2017 at the Oakland Alameda Coliseum in Oakland, California. (Photo by Stephen Hopson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Khalil Mack #52 of the Oakland Raiders reacts after he sacked Josh McCown #15 of the New York Jets at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 17, 2017 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 03: Khalil Mack #52 of the Oakland Raiders leaves the field after a win against the New York Giants at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on December 3, 2017 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 17: Khalil Mack #52 of the Oakland Raiders sacks Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys during their NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on December 17, 2017 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 25: Khalil Mack #52 of the Oakland Raiders smiles prior to the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on December 25, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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But Garcia wouldn’t elaborate on the details of how the transaction was handled improperly and what the “corrective action” was, though she said employees did not “misuse” the donation funds.

She did acknowledge that some employees benefitted.

What does seem clear is that the layaways at the Fort Pierce Walmart at the time of Mack’s donation totaled $60,000 to cover over 300 accounts, but the check cut was for $80,000, leaving a significant surplus.

Garcia said a “representative” of Mack’s foundation knew and approved of employees benefitting from the gift.

However, it’s unclear if the employees benefitted because they already had items on layaway and therefore were among the 300 accounts paid for by the gift, or if they received money after the fact to spend.

Neither Garcia nor Mathias Libardi, the manager of that Walmart, would say how many employees ultimately benefitted from Mack’s donation or whether managers were benefitted.

The sad truth is most Walmart workers don’t earn even $15 an hour, so maybe Mack and his foundation didn’t care if they got a holiday bonus thanks to him and his foundation. But there’s a right way and a wrong way to handle that.

Fox 32 Chicago reported last month that some workers had been suspended pending an investigation.

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