Dairy Queen manager stands up for blind customer, America takes notice
Without even taking a second to think, Joey Prusak just knew it was the right thing to do.
The Hopkins, Minn. Dairy Queen employee saw a blind customer drop a $20 bill, which promptly found its way into the purse of another customer -- after she picked it up and slipped it in there. When the woman attempted to order her food, Prusak refused to serve her unless she returned the money. Claiming it belonged to her, Prusak asked the woman to leave.
The 19-year-old then gave the blind customer $20 out of his own pocket, and the world took notice.
After another customer witnessed Prusak's kind act and sent an email to Dairy Queen, his story quickly went viral and caught the attention of mainstream media, who hailed the good samaritan.
Queen Latifah, a noted NASCAR fan who played a character who dreamed of driving in the sport in her 2004 film Taxi, had Prusak on her show to congratulate him for doing the right thing and to reward him for his courageous actions.
Kevin Harvick, winner of the 2007 Daytona 500, recorded a message for Prusak, played on Latifah's show.
"NASCAR is proud of your recent acts of kindness and courage," said Harvick, currently fourth in Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup points. "On behalf of NASCAR and the Daytona International Speedway, I'd like to personally invite you to attend the Daytona 500. As a past Daytona 500 champion, I look forward to seeing you at the Great American Race."
Many have reached out to Prusak, but perhaps none more high-profile than Warren Buffett, whose company owns Dairy Queen.
"I started laughing (when he called). Who knew it was going to be the real Warren Buffet?" Prusak told Latifah that Buffet said to him, "I'm really proud of what you did and I'd like to invite you to our shareholders meeting in May, you can be Dairy Queen's guest."
Just got off the phone with @WarrenBuffett, what a great phone call that was! Thank you sir for calling me!— joey prusak (@JoeyPrusak) September 19, 2013
Thank you Joey for showing leadership & integrity as a member of our DQ crew! We are extremely proud! http://t.co/aozc7Oo4UF— Dairy Queen (@DairyQueen) September 19, 2013
Prusak appears to be a fan of Chase rookie Joey Logano, posting on Twitter after Logano took the pole in the first of this year's playoff races at Chicagoland.
Atta boy @joeylogano!! Pole position! 🏁— joey prusak (@JoeyPrusak) September 13, 2013
Prusak is also an amateur racer, running some events at Minnesota's premier NASCAR Hometrack venue.