Acts of Kindness
Online community helps 82-year-old Navy vet retire after video shows him working at Walmart
After the video was posted online his GoFundMe account quickly soared to over $160,000. He's worth every penny. 💘
Valerie Ablang
01.18.23

Don’t we all dream of having a quiet and peaceful retirement life?

Can you imagine how TikTok might turn this into reality?

Meet Warren “Butch” Marion.

He is an 82-year-old veteran who works at Walmart as a cashier.

Despite being in his senior years, Warren still works an eight-hour shift to make ends meet.

TikTok Screenshot - Bug Boys
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TikTok Screenshot - Bug Boys

He’s been workince since boyhood.

The navy veteran has been working since the age of 11.

Despite working all his life, Marion could not leave his part-time job.

Unfortunately, Butch is still making his way to get out of a certain debt, which is why he could not visit his family in Florida.

TikTok Screenshot - Bug Boys
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TikTok Screenshot - Bug Boys

He worked with the U.S. Navy for ten years, then went on for decades with Honeywell and General Motors before landing his job at Walmart.

His perseverance hasn’t gone unnoticed.

While working his usual daily shift, one of their customers noticed him working behind the till.

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YouTube Screenshot - Fox 5 Washington DC

Rory McCarty couldn’t shake his interest in the old clerk checking out customers while waiting in line with his batteries.

As a businessman, McCarty has the habit of looking for people who work hard and have a deep passion for their job.

A 42-second TikTok video changed things.

McCarty recorded his interaction with Butch and told his followers about his intention to help the aged Walmart cashier.

TikTok Screenshot - Bug Boys
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TikTok Screenshot - Bug Boys

McCarty created Butch a GoFundMe.

Apparently, many people were generous enough to donate upon viewing his video.

It’s amazing how powerful social media can be.

Rory was able to raise more than $100,000 with his GoFundMe account.

YouTube Screenshot - Fox 5 Washington DC
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YouTube Screenshot - Fox 5 Washington DC

The Maryland TikToker was astounded by the number of people who wanted to help Butch retire from his job and enjoy his life.

Even complete strangers chipped in to help him achieve his target goal.

Donations kept pouring in.

Butch’s life changed in a blink of an eye.

McCarty wanted to hand over the money he raised to Butch personally.

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YouTube Screenshot - Fox 5 Washington DC

So at the start of the year, he went to Marion’s workplace and gave him the check with a considerable amount from the pool of funds.

Butch Marion was overwhelmed.

He was so touched by the love he received from the people who extended help for him to have a comfortable life.

He could not believe that his video made it possible for him to do the things he’s longed to enjoy.

Butch plans to use the money to pay off his remaining debt and pay a visit to his family.

YouTube Screenshot - Fox 5 Washington DC
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YouTube Screenshot - Fox 5 Washington DC

He also took his last day at Walmart after receiving the money, which will cover his retirement plans.

The old man was very much thankful for the unexpected financial assistance that he received.

He’s grateful for more than money.

In addition to the money, Butch mostly treasures his newfound friend.

Marion could not thank Rory enough for his help throughout the journey and his initiative to help out someone like him.

YouTube Screenshot - Fox 5 Washington DC
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YouTube Screenshot - Fox 5 Washington DC

Due to the circumstances, the two were able to bond and form a deeper connection.

Indeed, a simple act of help can go a long way for another man.

See the video that started it all along with the moment Marion finally retired below!

Please SHARE this with your friends and family.

@bug_boys 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? #fyp #foryou #foryoupage #walmart #gofundme ♬ original sound – BugBoys

By Valerie Ablang
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Valerie Ablang is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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