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Mattress man cures "economic blues" in Dubuque

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- During the Great Depression, many people stored cash in mattresses to relieve banking fears.

Now -- in the midst of layoffs and economic turmoil -- a giant mattress man hopes to turn around your recession depression.

It's rush hour in Dubuque and Rod Liebfreid is taking full advantage.

"I think it's important for neighbors to take care of each other locally," said Liebreid.

In this case, that care comes with the help of the Verlo Mattress man.

"Sometimes you can just tell who you think is gonna be the most grateful," said Liebreid.

Since December Verlo Mattress workers, anonymously dressed as the mattress man, have been performing random acts of kindness through out dubuque.

"The mattress man would like to pay for you dinner tonight," said Liebried.

The workers use their own money to pay for gas, lunch, laundry and even one woman's haircut. MaryJo Trentz was surprised with a free dinner.

"I've see it on TV, were people pay for someone's dinner behind them and all that. I know it's been done, but I've never had it done to me," said MaryJo Trentz.

Now she's on TV and can't want to pay it forward. But Leibfreid says its not about the big things, although this big blue mattress stands out.

"Maybe that lady at the restaurant will go out and pay for someone else's meal or that person that we just paid for their gas, might go pay for someone else's gas," said Liebfreid.

But who is the man behind the mattress?

"I don't even know who it is actually, he just stands around all day I wish I could put him to work," said Liebfreid.

As if the mattress man isn't doing enough already. This blue mattress is curing the "economic blues" one act of kindness at a time.

"I think a lot of people these days could use acts of kindness," said Frentz.

Online reporter: Lauren Squires

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