Tuesday, September 19, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: September 19

September 19, 2013 – Nineteen-year-old Hopkins, Minn., Dairy Queen Manager Joey Prusak received a phone call today from billionaire Warren Buffet in response to Prusak’s actions the previous week. On Sept. 10, Prusak saw a regular customer drop a $20 bill and a woman standing near him pick it up and slip it in her purse. When the woman got up to the counter to place her order, Prusak refused to serve her unless she returned the money. The woman became irate, claiming the bill was hers, and stomped out of the store. Prusak then “gave the visually impaired customer who hadn't realized he'd dropped the money $20 out of his own pocket.”

"I was just doing what I thought was right," Prusak said. "I did it without even really thinking about it. ... Ninety-nine out of 100 people would've done the same thing as me."

Buffet, whose company owns Dairy Queen, called to thank Prusak for “being a role model for all the other employees and people in general.”

“Another customer saw the incident and sent an email to Dairy Queen. The email was forwarded to store owner Dave Pettit, who posted it at the store. Another employee took a picture, which has been circulating online.

Dean Peters, a spokesman for International Dairy Queen, said the company is figuring out how to reward Prusak.”


Dairy Queen Manager Joey Prusak



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