Grammy-winning singer Beyoncé Knowles shocked holiday shoppers at a Boston-area Walmart Friday by not only paying an unexpected visit, but hopping on the intercom and offering to pay the first $50 of every customer's purchase.
According to Boston.com, Knowles gave fans at a Tewksbury Walmart 750 gift cards, totaling $37,500 in value.
"It was amazing, quite a scene," Walmart spokeswoman Sarah McKinney told WGHP. "Everybody was so excited when she came in, and it's so great what she did for our customers right before Christmas."
The pop star later performed at Boston's TD Garden as part of The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour. Tewskbury is about 30-miles north of Boston.
Knowles' self-titled album dropped unannounced on Dec. 13.
Mega retailer Target is refusing to sell the album, saying in a statement: “While there are many aspects that contribute to our approach and we have appreciated partnering with Beyoncé in the past, we are primarily focused on offering CDs that will be available in a physical format at the same time as all other formats. At this time, Target will not be carrying Beyonce’s new self-titled album ‘Beyonce.’”
Amazon.com is also refusing to sell a hard copy of the album's CD. It is however, offering digital versions.