Walmart Employee, 82, Finally Retires After Viral TikTok Video Raised over $100,000 on GoFundMe

82-year-old Navy veteran and Walmart worker Butch Marion has finally retired from his job with the help of Rory McCarty, a 53-year-old TikToker.

We reported earlier that Rory posted Butch’s video on his TikTok account, which went viral and gained the attention of millions on social media.

The video was shared by Rory McCarty, 53, on December 17, and within five days, his GoFundMe for Butch raised more than $100,000.

“82yr old Butch still putting in work. Has anybody seen the videos where a guy raised 180g’s to help an 82 yr old Walmart employee retire? We ought to do that for Butch. Who would donate?” the TikTok user wrote.

In the video, Rory could be heard talking to Butch, who was working at the counter while listening to him. Speaking of another woman’s contribution in collecting funds for an elderly Walmart worker, Rory said to Butch,

“Imagine that someone raised that kind of money for you.”

His first video received 2.8 million views on the platform with 259K likes and over 4000 comments.

“Where is the Go Fund Me for this gentleman??” one user asked in the comment section.

“Can you add the repost to this so we can spread it further on TikTok,” another commented.

“Done! Let’s go Butch! Let’s retire this sweet man!” a third user added.

After reading all the supportive comments on his video, McCarty set up a GoFundMe in Butch’s name and asked his followers to contribute.

“I was shopping at Walmart the other day, and was waited on by an 82yr old man named Butch. As a business owner and knowing how hard it’s been to try to find good help for my business. I was astounded seeing this little older man still grinding,” his GoFundMe statement read.

“Working 8 to 9 hour shifts. Recently seeing a Gofundme for a 82 yr old lady working at Walmart on TikTok, and seeing they raised money for her to retire for good. I wanted to help this Navy Veteran to live the remainder of his years traveling to see his kids in Florida. Get him off his feet for 8 hrs at a time.”

“I just wanted to put something in motion and the lord did the rest,” he told Fox 5 some two weeks ago.

Now, at the time of writing, McCarty’s GoFundMe has raised more than $124,000 for Butch.

McCarty posted another video on his TikTok four days ago and announced that Marion is finally done with his job at Walmart.

“Retirement day for Butch. He is officially done at Walmart and over $108,000 richer and still growing. Thanks to you 5100 gracious giving fine folks across the world and everyone who shared and commented. Thank you all!!!!” he wrote.

A video shared by Fox 5 Washington DC shows Marion leaving his last shift, carrying balloons, as he enters a parking lot filled with friends and loved ones clapping and cheering to celebrate his retirement. Later, Marion accepts a check from McCarty, both men teary-eyed,” Insider reported.

“I love you, man,” Rory McCarty told Butch as he handed him the check.

Speaking to Fox 5, Butch said that he was finally feeling like a new man.

“This is just unreal,” he said. “I feel like a new man. Bird out of a cage.”

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Sources: TikTok  – GoFundMe – Fox 5Insider

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