Hopkins Dairy Queen customers pay it forward to tune of $700


You never know what sorts of feel-good things are going to happen at this DQ.

Last month, Joey Prusak, an employee at the downtown Hopkins Dairy Queen, opened his own wallet to reimburse a blind customer who was robbed of $20 by a greedy woman.

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Prusak's spirit of altruism is apparently still alive and well at that very same DQ, where yesterday customers donated more than $700 toward free meals and treats.

[jump] As KARE 11 reports, it started yesterday afternoon with a $200 contribution from the family of the late Dr. David Dragotis. Dragotis was a regular at the Hopkins DQ and one of his daughters, Daphne Chapman, said she "thought it would be nice to honor him in a way he would love -- which was through ice cream."

A number of customers who came in and benefitted from the Dragotis family's generosity were inspired to give themselves, and more than $700 later, dinnertime had come and gone without anybody having to pay for their Blizzards, Buster Bars, or chicken strip baskets.

"It's a tremendous idea to continue his legacy," customer Don Froyd told KARE. "Everybody has got to look at what is being done and see what they can do to make things one step better for everybody else."

Perhaps it's no surprise Hopkins was recently rated as one of America's friendliest towns.

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