Sunday, September 22, 2013

A Bright Light in a Darkening World

If you follow social media you may already know about this story.  With the exception of a few outlets it hasn't gotten a whole lot of attention in the national media until just lately.  That's a shame.  Events such as this should be the lead in any news broadcast, ahead of stories of scandal, crime, violence & corruption.

This is the story of young Mr. Joey Prusak (below):

This Story of a 19 Year Old Dairy Queen Employee Standing Up For a Blind Man Will Touch Your Heart

19yr old Joey is an employee at a Dairy Queen in Hopkins, Minnesota and has worked at this same restaurant for nearly 5 years, rising to the position of manager.  On the surface, he's the typical all-American kid.  It was what he did last Tuesday that was so atypical that it has now garnered the attention of so many, not just in Minnesota but nationally and even across the world.

Like most small town fast food outlets and restaurants this Dairy Queen has it's "regulars" whom Joey has gotten to know over the years.  One such customer is a blind man who comes in frequently and on this particular day, after placing his usual order and paying with his debit card he happened to drop a $20 bill out of his pocket.  He wasn't aware of this, BUT the "elderly lady" behind him certainly was.  In fact, she picked up the twenty and as Joey watched, certain that she was going to give it back to the blind man who dropped it, she put it into her own purse!

She stole money from a blind man.

Joey says he was “shocked” and “sickened” by what he saw happen to a blind man at the hands of an elderly lady.  He was so disgusted he decided to take matters into his own hands:

“She walked up to the counter and I asked her to please return the $20 bill to the gentleman. She looked at me like ‘what are you talking about,’” Prusak said, recounting the incident to TheBlaze. “I asked her again to return it and she said, ‘No, it’s mine I just dropped it.’ I told her I’m not going to serve you if you are going to be disrespectful as you are stealing someone’s money like that.....She started getting really angry … started swearing and whatnot. I stayed relatively calm, I deal with customers on a daily basis. She kept swearing though and I asked her to leave the store. I told her if you aren’t going to return the money, you need to leave right now.”

She then "stormed out".

Witnesses to the confrontation say that it's what happened next that was the most unexpected:  "Once the "lady" had left, Mr. Prusak walked over to the gentleman, who had been seated nearby and witnessed (listening) the entire thing and gave him $20 from his own wallet, saying, 'Sir, on behalf of Dairy Queen, I would like to give you the $20 that you happened to drop on the ground as you walked away from the counter.'”

Mr. Prusak didn't think much about it at the time, it was just the right thing to do.  “I felt it wasn’t right that he got ripped off by someone like that lady,” he said. “It just wasn’t a right situation, you know?” 

What a guy.  At the tender age of 19, he's developed a depth of character and courage that many never achieve.  What made this story go viral was the anonymous letter one of the witnesses sent to Dairy Queen corporate, since posted Facebook, on Reddit, and below:

This Story of a 19 Year Old Dairy Queen Employee Standing Up For a Blind Man Will Touch Your Heart

Since the incident, Mr. Prusak has been flooded with congratulations (he got a personal phone call praising his actions and an  invitation to attend the annual shareholders meeting from none other than Mr. Warren Buffet, whose Berkshire Hathaway owns Dairy Queen, and it was reported by NPR that talk radio host Glenn Beck offered to buy this young man his own franchise outlet and have him run it, since the young man related to Mr. Beck in an on-air interview that his goal in life was to someday be a business owner) and the store has been more than flooded with customers coming in to patronize the store and meet this remarkable young man.  He has also been gifted by many who have handed him $20 bills in appreciation for his actions.  He's not keeping this money, it's being donated to charity.

With all of this, the one thing that has meant the most to Joey is the reaction of his boss.    “He wrote me in a note and put it in an envelope and goes ‘you’re the type of man I’m proud to know.’ That meant a lot to me.”

Joey, you're the type of man we are ALL proud to know.


Praise for this young man crosses ideological boundaries as few news items ever have.  Whether conservative or liberal, all are impressed by his actions and his self-effacing modesty.  Follow these links to other stories covering the remarkable Mr. Prusak:

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