Tuesday seemed like another regular day for shoppers at Sabor Tropical Supermarket in Miami. That was until rapper Drake walked in, bought a mango juice ... and then footed the bill for every single customer in the store.
The local market, known for its Cuban coffee, pastelitos, and Latin American grocery items, received a surprise visit from Drake and his camera crew at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, store manager Jose Hernandez told TODAY Food. While Hernandez was not sure exactly how big Drake’s bill was by the end of his good grocery deed, he approximated the rapper shelled out about $20,000 to $30,000 for 40 to 50 people.
“The cheapest one had to be like $100, but that was only two. The other ones were $500, $800, $300, $1,000, $ 2,000,” Hernandez said. “Just one customer had $2,000 — had three shopping carts. He [Drake] was so nice. Took everything and put in their shopping carts. [He was] talking, laughing.”
When asked if he was a fan of the rapper, Hernandez responded, “Yes, of course. Oh my God! The store was crazy. Outside in the streets, a lot of police officers [were] there.”
Ernesto Rodriguez, a spokesman for the Miami Beach Police Department, even managed to pose for a picture with the hip-hop star and tweeted a thank you to Drake.
“He was very gracious and a very good person to everyone I saw him interact with,” Rodriguez told TODAY Food.
Another shopper, Guillermo Deza, snagged a selfie with Drake and posted on Instagram, “A real king when out and paid for everyone's groceries in the store, all the while encouraging people to buy more lol. BE GOOD AND IT'LL COME RIGHT BACK AROUND!!! so much love and bless this man 100 times over for all his generosity.”
Hernandez told TODAY that Drake’s crew made willing Sabor customers and employees sign waivers to be filmed, so they could be featured in an upcoming music video for his song, “God’s Plan.”
According to Miami'sWSVN, Drake also caused a “fan frenzy” Monday at Miami Senior High School when he made a donation for $25,000. Later that day, the rapper visited the University of Miami and awarded one very lucky music major named Destiny James with a scholarship for $50,000.