Joey Prusak, the 19-year-old manager of a Hopkins, Minn., Dairy Queen store, had just finished serving one of his regular customers when he witnessed behavior best described as a random act of unkindness. His customer, a visually impaired man, unknowingly dropped a $20 bill from his pocket. A woman in line behind him quickly picked up the money and slipped it into her purse. Prusak earned national acclaim when his good deed—refusing to serve the woman, then giving his customer $20 from his own wallet—exploded on the Internet.
Prusak has since received praise from millions (including Dairy Queen owner Warren Buffett!) for his actions—a good deed he modestly describes as “the right thing to do.” And this week, Dairy Queen honored Prusak in a way that’s in keeping with the spirit of his actions—presenting a $5,000 check in his name to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, the company’s charitable partner. Locally, those funds will help thousands of children treated at St. Paul, Minn. based Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare.
Dairy Queen President and CEO John Gainor also presented Prusak with the company’s prestigious Red Spoon Award in recognition of his actions, which reflect the company’s commitment to integrity