Joey Prusak had just finished serving one of his regular customers when the visually impaired man unknowingly dropped a $20 bill from his pocket. A in line behind him quickly picked up the money – and then put it in her purse.
picked it up so quickly that I thought she was going to give it back
but she just stood there and waited," Prusak told TODAY.com. "I was
extremely confused when she let the man walk by. She just stood there
and put it in her purse and I was like, 'Really?'
Prusak, 19, said
the experience left him feeling "violated." After taking a few seconds
to compose himself, he politely asked the woman to give the money back.
The woman refused, insisting the money was hers. Prusak asked her again
but got the same response.
That's when Prusak asked the woman to leave.
"She made a big scene, but I told her I couldn't serve her, so she stormed out," he said.
that was in the store at the time was kind of in shock. They just
looked at each other like, 'did that really happen?' and kept to
ourselves," he said.
Not everyone. One of the customers who
witnessed the scene wrote about it in a letter to Prusak's boss,
commending the employee for his composure and especially for what he did
once the woman left.
"Your employee approached the man and took
out his wallet and said, 'Sir, on behalf of the Dairy Queen, I would
like to give you the $20 you dropped on the ground as you walked away
from the counter,” according to the letter, which was sent by an anonymous writer.