82-year-old Walmart employee retires after TikToker raises 0,000

82-year-old Walmart employee retires after TikToker raises $100,000

82-year-old Walmart employee retires after TikToker raises 0,000

  • TikToker Rory McCarty helped raise more than $100,000 to help an 82-year-old Walmart employee retire.
  • Butch Marion, a grandfather, widower and Navy veteran, was working his last shift on Wednesday.
  • Marion has since visited McCarthy at his farm where the two rode ATVs.

An 82-year-old Walmart cashier was working his last shift Wednesday thanks to a TikToker that helped raise more than $100,000 for the grandfather and US Navy veteran.

Butch Marion of Cumberland, Maryland, was finally able to retire after receiving a check for $108,682 in online donations from GoFundMe. The fundraiser was organized by Rory McCarty, whose posts about Marion, a widower, went viral on TikTok.

“As a business owner, and knowing how hard it was to find good help for my business, I was amazed to see this little elderly man still working 8-9 hour shifts,” McCarty wrote on the GoFundMe page.

A video shared by Fox 5 Washington DC shows Marion exiting his final shift with balloons as he enters a parking lot full of friends and loved ones clapping and cheering to celebrate his retirement. Later, Marion accepts a check from McCarty, both men in tears.

“I love you man,” McCarty says to Marion as he hands him the check.

McCarty, who owns an extermination company called Bug Boys, has built a following on TikTok with videos showing him ridding homes of creepy crawlies. His first post featuring Marion, shared on December 16, has been viewed more than 3.3 million times.

McCarty wrote on the GoFundMe page that he was inspired after seeing a video of another TikToker raising money for another elderly Walmart employee who was unable financially to retire. While buying batteries from the Cumberland store he met Marion who was working as his cashier that day.

“I wanted to help this Navy veteran spend the rest of his years visiting his kids in Florida,” McCarty wrote on GoFundMe. “Put him off his feet for 8 hours straight. And do the things he would like to do that he might not be able to do financially.”

Since Marion’s retirement, GoFundMe has raised an additional $12,500 from donors.

According to Fox 5 reporter David Kaplan, McCarty has since invited Marion over to his Cumberland farm, where the two rode ATVs and had “a really good time.” McCarty also shared videos from their hangout on TikTok.

“They said they formed a friendship that they will have for years to come,” Kaplan said.

As for future plans, Fox 5 said Marion plans to take it easy

“He says he wants to sit by the river and have a beer and enjoy his life, which he can do now,” Kaplan said.

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