Youth With Integirty: Joey Prusak
Nineteen year old Joey Prusak is receiving $20 tips for two dollar ice creams. The president of the fast food chain sent him a letter thanking him for being an outstanding employee. Warren Buffet called him, invited him to the corporate meeting next year, and offered to fly the young man on his private jet.
What is going on, Joey Prusak?
Joey was standing behind the counter at Dairy Queen when a blind man in line dropped a $20 bill. Immediately a woman behind the man reached for the money and stuck it in her purse.
Joey, already a manager at age 19, told the woman to return the money to the man. She refused, declaring it to be her money. Joey then asked her to leave the store. The woman made a scene, arguing with Joey and swearing at him before she finally left.
But, Joey wasn’t done. He reached into his own pocket, withdrew $20, representing two hours of work, and gave it to the man. He told the gentleman, "You dropped twenty dollars. I would like to give you twenty dollars on behalf of myself and Dairy Queen."
Another customer saw Joey’s selfless actions and had to share the story. She shared it with the company President. "I was in shock by the generosity your employee had. I would proudly like to say that Joey has forever sealed my fate as a life long customer."
John Gainor, President of International Dairy Queen, wrote in a statement, "We applaud his integrity, kindness and compassion. He is an inspiration to us all." In a phone call to the youth, Warren Buffett, whose company owns the fast food chain, thanked the teen for being a role model. Customers who buy a $2 cone hand Joey an additional $20, telling him to put the money toward college.
Joey is a bit overwhelmed by the outpouring. He said, "They think what I did was extremely nice, when all I was doing was the right thing to do." Stop by the Minnesota Dairy Queen Joey works at, and you will find him still doing what he does: serving customers.
I say serving customers instead of serving ice cream because Joey thinks bigger than just handing a cone across the counter. He thinks of the person he is serving. He also thinks of the company that hired him. When he gave $20 out of his own pocket to the man that was robbed, he gave it in the name of himself and the company. He didn’t want the name of his employer besmirched by the selfish woman.
I don’t know what Joey will be doing in life for the long haul, but he will be successful. He is honest, hard working, and he thinks of others. He is willing to give of himself without any thought of return. The accolades from the company big wigs and the tips from grateful customers are all an unexpected by product.
The son of man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. Jesus said that, and I think somewhere along the way Joey must have heard and applied it to his life.
Ironically, in a day we hear of so much corporate greed at the top, it is refreshing to see some corporate generosity, and to observe the position of the one extending it. A server.