Minn. Dairy Queen Manager’s Act of Kindness Goes Viral

Minn. Dairy Queen manager's act of kindness goes viral

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.

It starts off reading: “Dear owner, I was at your store on September 10th having lunch. I was in line as one of your employees was serving a gentleman.”

Prusak told FOX 9 News the man was a regular customer.

“He always pays with a debit card,” Prusak said. “I don’t know if he is partially blind or fully blind or what the situation is.”

While paying, the man unknowingly dropped a $20 bill on the ground. Prusak watched as the woman standing in line behind the customer picked it up the money and put it in her purse.

The witness’s letter goes onto say, “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.”

“I was like, ‘If you are not going to return the money, please leave the store. She said, ‘It’s mine.’ I said, ‘Please leave the store,'” Prusak recalled.

In the letter the owners received, the witness said she never expected what happened next.

“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.”

After reading the anonymous letter, Prusak’s boss, Nancy Pettit, posted the letter for all her employees to read. Someone also put it on Facebook, and from there, it went viral. In fact, Prusak spent much of his Wednesday talking to reporters from around the country, including Yahoo News and the Huffington Post.

“It’s nice to see a young man do the right thing and get recognized for it,” Pettit said. “I just feel very blessed to have such a wonderful young man working at my shop.”

While FOX9 cameras were at the Dairy Queen on Main Street in Hopkins, another customer who heard about the story decided to pay it forward, handing Prusak 20 bucks.

“It’s nice to know there are still people like that in this world,” said Angela Reed.

That wasn’t the first “reward” Prusak has received since the letter starting circulating. He says he would prefer not to take the money and would rather just assume others will do what he did.

“I didn’t expect anything, nor did I want anything,” Prusak said. “It wasn’t anything I wouldn’t have done on any other day. I hope everyone else would have done the same thing — which I think 99 out of 100 people would have.”

Source: myfoxdc.com


  1. We don’t all learn these lessons. If we do, some people think that they are too “important” to put it into action or merely let such moments go by without comment. This is wonderful! Thank you for sharing such special kindness.


  2. If it weren’t for rain, we wouldn’t have as much appreciation for the sun.

    While the woman who kept the $20 was surely in the wrong, if she hadn’t done so, this kindness wouldn’t have gone viral.

    It is important that we all remember that in order to have kindness, there must be unkindness or injustice, pain or suffering… while my first instinct was to vilify this woman for her selfishness, I realized that without it, the space in the news coverage would most likely have been filled with bad news, instead of this inspiring story.

    So thank you, selfish woman, for being the catalyst of untold numbers of acts of kindness!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.