MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Minnesota teenager whose story touched many lives is back from meeting Warren Buffett.
Joey Prusak is the Dairy Queen employee who saw a woman steal $20 from a blind customer last September. Prusak gave the man money from his own pocket.
A woman who was watching wrote a letter to Dairy Queen corporate managers and that’s how the story went viral, eventually catching Buffett’s attention. Buffett’s company owns DQ, and he invited Prusak to attend the annual shareholder’s convention.
Prusak sent us pictures from the event in Omaha, Neb. (seen in the video above). He went with the CEO of Dairy Queen and they set up a stand, selling ice cream for charity. The closest Prusak got to Buffett was Saturday, when he sold him a DQ vanilla orange bar — Buffett’s favorite.
“Bill Gates was 5 feet away from me at one point. Warren Buffett was 6 inches away at one point in time. Alex Rodriguez, the Yankees player, was down there. He was 5 feet away from me at one time. So, there was a lot of cool people there that I had the opportunity to see,” Prusak said. “Just being able to listen to what Warren had to say in his question and answer deal was something that I’d never forget.”
Prusak also got a lengthy one-on-one with Buffett’s son.
His biggest takeaway from the whole experience: Always pursue your dreams.
So far, there’s no word on if Buffett will be giving Prusek seed money to open his own DQ.