Dairy Queen Manager's Class Act Wins Praise
He stands up for blind man, forks over own money
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 19, 2013 5:46 PM CDT
Dairy Queen employee Joey Prusak in Hopkins, Minn.   (AP Photo/Courtesy WCCO TV)

(Newser) – A teenage Dairy Queen manager in Hopkins, Minnesota, qualifies as the new poster boy for basic human decency. Joey Prusak, 19, was serving a blind customer when the man dropped a $20 bill without knowing it, reports WCCO-TV. The woman in line behind him quickly picked it up and ... tucked it in her purse. Prusak asked her to give it back, she refused, and the teen eventually kicked her out: “I told her, ‘Ma’am, you can either return the $20 bill or you can leave the store, because I’m not going to serve someone as disrespectful as you.'" She left, and then came the kicker: Prusak went over to the table of the blind man and gave him $20 out of his own pocket.

"I was just doing what I thought was right," Prusak tells AP. "I did it without even really thinking about it." The story is getting attention only because a customer who saw what happened emailed the store to praise Prusak's actions. The owner posted it on the employee cork board, a fellow worker snapped a photo and posted it on Facebook, and it's been going viral ever since. Prusak even got a call from none other than Warren Buffett, whose Berkshire Hathaway company owns Dairy Queen. "He called and thanked me for being a role model for all the other employees and people in general," says Prusak. As for all the big tips he's been getting as a result of the publicity, that money's going to charity.

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Sep 22, 2013 10:36 AM CDT
Yet another story. I was in Madurai (South India) visiting a mathematician friend. The temple in Madurai is very famous (it even had an elephant inside the temple) and we wanted to see it. But you did have to take off your shoes to enter the temple and on the way to the entrance, I cut my foot on a nail. (Indian streets can be a nightmare of trash). A small boy (about 7-8) who saw my injury immediately rushed to a little shop nearby (a paanwala in fact) and brought some medicine and a bandaid. I took out my wallet to tip the boy but my host stopped me. "He did it out of the goodness of his heart. Why are you spoiling the occasion for him?" I put the wallet back in my pocket. It is worth remembering that even though India is a Hindu majority country, a Shia Muslim is safer in India (for the most part) than he would be in most Sunni Muslim countries or in the Sunni part of Iraq.
Sep 22, 2013 10:03 AM CDT
I and my wife and our 2 year old son were taking a flight from a small town (Trivendrum) in south India. At that time you did not take a cab to the airport. You took a cab to an air terminal in the city and then a bus would take you to the airport. After we had unloaded our luggage at the air terminal and I paid the cab, he drove away and only then I realized that my briefcase with the money and the tickets was still in the cab. A young boy who had helped us find the cab told us which cab it was. We found another cab and drove around Trivendrum leaving messages at every intersection, "If such and such a cab passes, stop him!" We made the flight! An impressive demonstration of honesty.
Sep 22, 2013 9:56 AM CDT
Here is a story from India. When I was traveling by car from Ahmedabad to Palanpur (about 85 miles) in Gujarat, a suitcase fell off the roof rack and we could not find it. More than a year later I received a letter from a police officer in Gandhinagar (named after you know who) that he had in his possession a suitcase containing clothing, a camera and several thousand rupees in cash. Was it mine? I said yes it was and could he give it to my mother who lived in India? And here Indian bureaucracy kicked in. My mother could not produce a proof that she was indeed my mother and so the cop (a Mr. Vaghela) kept the suitcase locked up. Luckily one of my relatives worked for the government, he vouched for my mother and she did indeed get the suitcase. And note that this was worth far more than $20 to that cop. A second story, also from India, follows.