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. (Read more Good Samaritan stories.)

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