- TikToker Rory McCarty helped raise more than $100,000 so an 82-year-old Walmart employee could retire.
- Butch Marion, a grandfather, widower and Navy veteran, worked his last shift on Wednesday.
- Marion has since visited McCarthy at his farm, where the two rode ATVs.
An 82-year-old Walmart cashier worked his last shift on Wednesday, thanks to a TikToker who helped raise more than $100,000 for his grandfather and U.S. 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 post about Marion, a widower, went viral on TikTok.
“As a business owner and knowing how difficult it has been trying to find good help for my business, I was amazed to see this little elderly man still painting and working 8 to 9 hour shifts,” McCarty wrote on the GoFundMe page.
A video shared by Fox 5 Washington DC shows Marion leaving his last shift, carrying balloons, as he walks into a parking lot filled with friends and loved ones clapping and cheering to celebrate his retirement. Later, Marion accepts a check from McCarty, both with tears in their eyes.
“I love you, man,” McCarty tells Marion as he hands him the check.
McCarty, who owns an extermination business called Bug Boys, has developed a following on TikTok with videos showing him ridding homes of creepy crawlies. His first post about Marion, shared on Dec. 16, received more than 3.3 million views.
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 financially unable to retire. While buying batteries at the Cumberland store, he met Marion, who was working as his cashier that day.
“I wanted to help this Navy veteran live the rest of his years traveling to see his children in Florida,” McCarty wrote on the GoFundMe. “Get him off his feet for 8 hours at a time. And do the things he would love to do that he may not be able to do for financial reasons.”
Since Marion’s retirement, the GoFundMe has raised an additional $12,500 from donors.
According to Fox 5 reporter David Kaplan, McCarty has since invited Marion out to his farm in Cumberland, where the two rode ATVs and had a “really good time.” McCarty also shared videos of their hangout on TikTok.
“They said they made a friendship that they’re going to 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 life, which he can now do,” Kaplan said.