Posted: Sep 20, 2013 10:08 AM by NBC News
Updated: Sep 20, 2013 10:52 AM
(KARE) His story is all over the internet, all over social media, but Joey Prusak will tell you he was just doing his job.
Prusak started working at the Dairy Queen in Hopkins five years ago when he was just 14.
"It's the only job I've had, the only job I've needed," smiled Prusak, who is now the manager and basically runs the place.
Back on September 10 he said one of his regular customers came in to order a sundae. The visually impaired man gave his order, paid and as he was doing so, dropped some of his money on the floor.
"Right then and there I knew when he dropped that $20 bill, game's over, he's not going to know," explained Prusak. "He just kept walking and that's when the lady picked it up and I thought, she's going to give it back 'cause she picked it up so quickly."
Joey said he then saw the woman her put the money in her purse. He didn't know what to say, at least not at first.
Then the lady reached the counter for her order and that's when Joey confronted her about what she did. He says they went back and forth a bit, she claimed the money was hers, he said it wasn't, and then the manager found his voice.
"I said, ma'am I'm not going to serve someone as disrespectful as you, so you can either return the $20 bill and I'll serve you, or you can leave," explained Prusak. "And she goes well it's my $20 dollar bill, and I go, well then you can leave."
She left, obviously not happy.
Other customers saw what happened and one of them wrote an email to Dairy Queen. The email was forwarded to the owner of the store, who posted it on the board for everybody to see.
A co-worker was impressed by what happened and posted the message on Facebook, where others found it and shared it. Joey's story is now all over the internet.
"People started sharing it, pretty soon it's on Reddit, it's one of the top things on Reddit and all of a sudden it's gone viral."
Prusak recently asked for a raise but with winter around the corner and business likely to slow, his boss told him now isn't a good time. He did, however, give Joey an envelope with a note inside.
"He said you're the type of man that I'm proud to know," smiled Prusak, who added he looks up to him not as a boss but as a member of the family.
One final note to make this story even better: Prusak gave the customer who dropped his money 20 bucks of his own.
So many news stations and internet sites have called him that he's lost count. The one that excites him the most is an inquiry from the "Queen Latifah Show," which has contacted him several times for a potential appearance.
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