Joey Prusak, Hopkins Dairy Queen worker, reimburses blind customer after he's robbed [UPDATE]

Categories: Minnesota Nice
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A DQ employee was Minnesota Nice personified last week when one of his customers was robbed.
-- Update at bottom --

A customer at the Hopkins Main Street Dairy Queen recently wrote to the company to commend Joey, an employee who did all he could to prevent a woman from stealing cash from a blind customer, then opened his own wallet to reimburse the man when his efforts to stop the woman proved fruitless.

RELATED: Hopkins rated as one of America's friendliest towns

"I was in shock by the generosity that your employee had," the letter to DQ says. "From a customer of your store and a customer of DQ I would probably like to say Joey has forever sealed my fate as a life long customer of the Hopkins Mainstreet Dairy Queen."

Here's the full feel-good letter, which was posted posted on Reddit (click to enlarge):

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Somebody get Joey an Employee of the Month award, stat!

:::: UPDATE ::::

The Dairy Queen hero has been identified as 19-year-old Joey Prusak. Here's his Twitter profile photo:

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Prusak has worked at the Hopkins Dairy Queen since he was 14, and is now the manager there. He says he's heard from countless local and national media outlets and celebrities as the story has spread across the internet, including everyone from Glenn Beck to Warren Buffett to Queen Latifah.

Regarding all the people who have gotten in touch to commend him, Prusak told WCCO, "They think what I did was so extremely nice when really all I was doing was the right thing to do."

In an interview with USA Today, Prusak said he recently asked for a raise, but was rebuffed. With all the good PR he's brought to the Hopkins DQ this week, we hope his boss reconsiders.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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k2yeb
k2yeb

I don't know if this is awesome....or sad that it is not expected as the status quo rather than "news worthy". Great work Joey, and I hope you get to redeem those karma points sometime.

Lenny Grossman
Lenny Grossman

WTF!...This kid is a Good Samaritan, Not a Hero!...Get it right Media!

Bradley America
Bradley America

Am I the only who thinks "Dairy Queen Hero" would be a great band name

Kathy Drews
Kathy Drews

will we ever know the identity of the person who walked off with the dropped $20? Shame on you lady!

Mike McLean
Mike McLean

Stories such as this give me hope for our country

Paige Benda
Paige Benda

The best part of the story (other than the obvious act of awesomeness on dude's part) is the fact that he had recently asked for a raise, and even after this - his boss said no...but gave him a note instead...Did DQ at least give him $20 bucks? ;-)

Al Grande
Al Grande

I got mugged and beaten in front of the Dairy Queen on Lowry, but no compensation.

Paul Dueffert
Paul Dueffert

I think most blind people have more money than a Dairy Queen worker. I think the blind guy was a jerk for taking the $20 offered by him.

Dave Finton
Dave Finton

Holy moly, that's the DQ we live right next to! :)

l7212johndoe
l7212johndoe

@citypages had you said a Lunds and Byerly's employee did this you would have left me in burst of laughter.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

I still don't understand how an international newspaper (DailyMail) breaks this story first, while City Pages is based 6 miles from where the story occured. What do you guys do besides fantasize about Michelle Bachmann all day?

balance55113
balance55113

Anybody who robs from the blind is going to burn in karma land!!

keny1
keny1

@Jessica Maria Hakala 

He is kinda cute......................

keny1
keny1

@Kathy Drews 

The police were never called, however, there is a description of the woman (other than being "older"), but the media won't report it due to political correctness.

keny1
keny1

@DeRushaJ

Good for fucking you!

limved
limved

@Paul Dueffert How in the HELL do you generalize like this?  Most blind people have more money than a DQ worker?  I don't even . . . I don't even know.

DavidFoureyes
DavidFoureyes topcommenter

@Paul Dueffert Hey Paul! Hows the new job lining silver clouds with turds going? Heard you made manager!

A1batross
A1batross

@balance55113 Except there is no karma land, and we all live with the consequences of our daily actions. In this case the woman has $20 more cash and a vast amount of shame.

Onan
Onan

@keny1  - You ARE a little ray of sunshine, aren't you?

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

Generalizations are generally true. Generally, Paul's assumption would be correct.

_Joe_
_Joe_

@A1batross @balance55113 Yup.  Anyone who would do something like this and then outright lie about it likely has several other factors contributing to a life that is not very happy.  "Karma" is just the effects of your own actions.

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