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Dairy Queen Manager's Act of Kindness Goes Viral - Joey Prusak - Hopkins, Minnesota

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A Good Samaritan from Hopkins is getting national attention. Yahoo News, data and TV shows, you name it everyone wants to talk to this kid and we got a chance today - FoxNight Leah Beno's back from the Dairy Queen in Hopkins. Leah, this guy with simple act of kindness suddenly, is making headlines everywhere. - Yes, he's making the rounds, he's little shy, a little embarrassed by it all, but very very sweet. He's 19 years old, has been working at this Dairy Queen since he was in 8th grade and now he's the manager and in between all of that he's going to college for business but he's never faced a customer like he did last week. Humble (he just thanked me; thank you very much, Sir) and hard-working, (I said, it's no big deal.) Joey Prusak has been called the Good Samaritan, but doesn't care for the title... (I didn't tell anyone.) The owners of the Dairy Queen on Main Street in Hopkins had no idea what happened, until they got anonymous e-mail passed along from corporate. Dear Owner, I was at your store on September 10th 2013 at around 1 o'clock p.m. during lunch. I was standing in line as one of your employees was serving a gentleman. "He always pays with debit card, cause I don't know if he's partially blind or fully blind..." After being served by your employee I know he suddenly dropped a $20 bill on the ground. And lady behind him picked it up right away and I figured to hand it back. She put it in her purse instead after he walked by. So he had no idea. Before I could say something to her, your employee stepped in he politely asked her to give the $20 back to young man who was blind. She stood there and looked at me and then look at the guy and she's like: "No, it's mine." I was like: "Ok, well, if you not gonna return the money that I need you to leave the store." She goes: "It's mine", I go: "Please, leave the store." What happened next I would have never expected. Your employee approached the young man and took out his wallet and said: "Sir, on behalf of the Dairy Queen, I would like to give you the $20 that you dropped on the ground. Nancy Pettit posted the letter for all of her employees to read. Someone put it on facebook and from there it's gone viral. It's nice to see a young man do the right thing and get recognised for it. Now others are being inspired to pay it forward, too. - So you are the person who gave back the money? - I am. You are awesome! I wanna give it to you - your own 20 bucks. It's nice to know there are still people like that in this world. I didn't expect anything, nor that I frankly want anything from it, because it wasn't anything that I wouldn't have done on any other day. And that customer who's passed along a few extra bucks wasn't the first one; he had other people doing the same today. Joey says: "The man who lost the money, the woman who picked it up and the witness who wrote that glowing letter are all strangers and he has not seen any of them since." And since we put this on facebook and social media it has exploded with comments that are so heart-warming and.... such a sweet story! Well, he seems like such a great guy! I mean, truly, one of those great people. Hardworker, absolutely! And he's been working with this particular Dairy Queen and this family for 6 years so they are very much like family, which is why when he gave that $20, he felt that it was on behalf of everyone. And they did him reimbursement. They are very very close to next people over there. - It should be exploding on social media. It's so nice be to able to have a nice story that start off a newscast like this. - Yes, as I always say: I'm sucker for happy news. [laughter] The only bad part of the story, Leah, is, you were told to bring us back a peanut buster parfait. - I did, I got them even in 5 o'clock, I missed it! [laughter] - Sorry. -Thanks alot.

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Duration: 3 minutes and 42 seconds
Year: 2013
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: Fox 9 News
Director: Fox 9 News
Views: 107
Posted by: rakosnicek on Dec 21, 2013

9/19/13 - Humble, and hard-working, Joey Prusak is being called a Good Samaritan -- but he doesn't care for the title. "The owner asked why I didn't tell him," Prusak explained. "I said I didn't think I needed to. I didn't think I needed to tell anyone, and I didn't tell anyone." The owners of the Dairy Queen on Main Street in Hopkins had no idea what happened until they got an anonymous e-mail passed along from corporate.


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