Anyone remotely familiar with fast food restaurants knows that the workers do not get paid an exorbitant amount of money. They have to count their pennies, like many of us, but this DQ employee stood up for someone with a disability and took money from his own pocket to care for this individual.
At a Hopkin, Minn., Dairy Queen, a 19-year-old manager, Joey Prusak, was working the counter when he saw a customer who is blind drop a $20 bill. A second customer, who was behind the customer who is blind, reached down, plucked up the $20 bill, put it in her purse and said nothing.
A third customer, who witnessed the entire incident and was ready to intervene, wrote in a letter to the owner of Dairy Queen, “Before I could say something to her, your employee stepped in. He politely asked her to give the money back to the young man who was blind” (Pekarsky 1).
The woman claimed that the $20 belonged to her and refused to return it to its original owner, so Prusak asked her to leave the store. However, Prusak was not willing to let the situation stand as it was, so he decided to take further steps to ‘correct’ the situation. Prusak reached into his own wallet and gave the customer whose money was stolen a $20 bill (Pekarsky 1).
The witness/letter writer wrote: “Your employee approached the man and took out his wallet and said, ‘Sir, on behalf of the Dairy Queen, I would like to give you the $20 you dropped on the ground’” (Pekarsky 1).
Enter Warren Buffet: Buffet is a major shareholder in Dairy Queen, and he was so proud of Prusak, Buffet called Prusak to tell him how proud he was of Prusak’s actions. Prusak’s response to the phone call: “He just said how proud he was of me and he looked forward to meeting me one of these days. I was too star struck to be asking question,” Prusak admitted. “I didn’t even know what to say” (Pekarsky 1).
One of the coolest details: $20 bills are coming into the Hopkin, Minnesota, Dairy Queen from complete strangers who are equally impressed by Prusak’s actions. Here is hoping that Prusak can be used as an example as to how all people should behave. This is just another example of how teenagers can set examples for the way the rest of the world should act.
Pekarsky, Michelle. “DQ Manager Gets Call from Warren Buffet for His Generosity, Character.” <fox4kc.com> Sept. 20, 2013.