When Joey Prusak, a manager at a Minnesota Dairy Queen, witnessed a customer stealing money from a blind man recently he decided to do something about it, and now the 19-year-old's good deed has gone viral.
Prusak was working the register at one of the ice cream chain's branches in Minneapolis earlier this month when he saw something that left him feeling "violated." He noticed a visually impaired customer drop a $20 bill from his pocket and then saw the woman in line behind him quickly reach down, scoop it up, and stuff it in her purse.
"She picked it up so quickly that I thought she was going to give it back but she just stood there and waited," Prusak told Today.com.
"I was extremely confused when she let the man walk by. She just stood there and put it in her purse and I was like, 'Really?'"
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Prusak politely asked the woman to give the money back, but she refused and insisted that the $20 was hers.
"She made a big scene, and I told her I couldn't serve her, so she stormed out," he said. "Everyone that was in the store at the time was kind of in shock. They just looked at each other like, 'did that really happen?' and kept to ourselves."
But it's what happened next that really touched people's hearts.
Prusak, who has worked at Dairy Queen for five years, reportedly approached the gentleman whose money had been taken and offered him a $20 bill out of his own wallet.
Another customer who witnessed the entire incident wrote a letter to Prusak's boss praising the teen.
"I was in shock by the generosity that your employee had, taking his own money out of his own wallet to give to the customer because some other lady decided to steal something that wasn't hers," the customer. "I would like to proudly say that Joey has forever sealed my fate as a lifelong customer of [your] Dairy Queen. Thank you for outstanding customer service and for an even better experience."
The letter was later picked up on the social news site Reddit
and, from there, made the Internet rounds.
"I didn't expect it to go anywhere. I didn't tell anyone. I didn't tell my boss. I didn't even tell my own parents," Prusak said of his newfound online fame. "A lot of people are saying 'thank you' for what I did. Just telling me that means a lot."
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