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Dairy Queen Manager Returns Stolen Money to Blind Customer in Minnesota

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Here's a sweet story from Hopkins, Minnesota: Last week Dairy Queen employee Joey Prusak denied service to a woman he witnessed pocket a $20 bill that a blind man had dropped, and then Prusak repayed the man with own money. News of the incident spread when a customer saw the interaction and sent a letter to the store's owner raving about Prusak's upstanding behavior. The letter found its way to Reddit and went viral from there. The Associated Press reports that "customer traffic" at Prusak's Dairy Queen has doubled since.

19 year old Prusak tells WCCO about his conflict with the thieving customer: "I told her 'Ma'am, you can either return the $20 bill or you can leave the store, because I'm not going to serve someone as disrespectful as you.'" Apparently she became argumentative and left. After she left (with the blind man's $20), Prusak offered the man $20 out of his own wallet. Prusak simply says: "I felt like the right thing to do was to give him the money." Prusak has worked at the Hopkins Dairy Queen for six summers, eventually becoming a manager. Check out the CBS Minnesota video below for more details:

Video: Hopkins Dairy Queen Manager's Act Of Kindness Goes Viral

· Hopkins Dairy Queen Manager's Act Of Kindness Goes Viral [CBS Minnesota via Gawker]
· Minnesota Dairy Queen manager lauded for act of kindness [AP]
· All Minnesota Coverage on Eater [-E-]

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