Christmas came early for PEP store customers in Mossel Bay last Wednesday after an anonymous angel paid off all the customer bills to the value of R270k!

According to PEP Marketing Executive Beyers van der Merwe, the generous person walked in with the intention of rewarding staff who had served them at a local restaurant.

They had told the staff members to identify items of their choice at PEP. However, they then decided to expand the extraordinary gesture to everyone in the PEP store at the time.

“The donor also went out into the street and encouraged passers-by to come into the store. Understandably, this caused some security issues and the store had to be closed for a while.”

Van der Merwe says R192,500 in sales were paid for on the day and the balance of R77,500 is being used in the PEP Lay-by Buddies scheme which allows anyone to anonymously assist customers to pay-off their interest-free lay-bys.

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Pep will match the amount

PEP will match the R77,500 and all lay-bys made at the Marsh and Zietsman streets store in Mossel Bay before Thursday 12th November will be paid off. Layby customers will receive an SMS with a reference number to collect their goods in this store.

Since the launch of the Lay-by Buddy, which started during lockdown, PEP has contributed R1,5M towards paying off customers laybys and over R100k in donations has come from people wanting to help via online or in-store donations.

Remarkably, a similar incident occurred at a Mossel Bay PEP store in December 2019 when a different anonymous donor paid off another huge sum of money via Lay-by Buddy vouchers.