'Pay it forward' spreads at Hopkins Dairy Queen


KARE 11 has the story of another order of kindness served up at the Hopkins Dairy Queen.

It was just a month ago that the young DQ manager Joey Prusak made big national headlines for a small good deed: Prusak noticed that a customer with limited sight had dropped a $20 bill and that a woman had picked it up and put it in her purse. He refused to serve her and gave the man $20 of his own money.

Now KARE 11 says the soft-serve shop is the site of another sweet story, about one of the Dairy Queen's most loyal customers, Dr. David Dragotis, 74, who died six months ago after battling cancer.

On Wednesday, Dragotis' family – they called him "Papou," Greek for grandfather – left about $200 with Prusak, and asked him to pay for every order until the money ran out, KARE reported. They posted signs with the beloved Chaska doctor's story on the DQ counter, and asked anyone touched by it to "pay it forward."

Some customers were moved to tears, KARE reported, and they paid forward – customers throughout the day gave $700 to the DQ to buy ice cream for strangers. "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," customer Don Froyd told KARE.

The pay it forward concept was featured in a 2000 Helen Hunt-Kevin Spacey movie, which was based on a Catherine Ryan Hyde novel, and has spawned a global movement, a foundation and its own day (April 24).

Among the pay-it-forward stories that have emerged in Minnesota was that of a regular Duluth restaurant patron who has randomly paid the tabs for strangers.

Another man traveling the country and giving huge tips to food servers stopped in Minnesota in July.

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