Charles Ramsey, the hamburger hero from Cleveland's recent kidnapping case, has said no to an offer of free burgers for life after helping to save the three women held captive by Ariel Castro.
Ramsey, who skyrocketed to internet fame following the admission that he was eating McDonald's when he heard one of Ariel Castro's kidnapping victims scream for help, has been awarded a lifetime supply of free burgers for his act of heroism. When Ramsey revealed to the press that he put down his hamburger to help Amanda Berry escape the clutches of her cruel kidnapper, Hodge's, a local restaurant where Ramsey worked as a dishwasher, not only named an eight-ounce burger after the man, but also promised the viral sensation free burgers for life. Numerous other restaurants and fast food providers followed suit. But Ramsey, whose post-rescue references to McDonald's captivated the nation, is outraged that the food industry would attempt to capitalize on his heroism. "Ramsey wants everyone to know that he does not endorse the consortium of Northeast Ohio restaurants who are offering 'Ramsey Burgers' or who are promoting that Ramsey can receive free burgers from them for life, Patricia Walker, who represents the Cleveland hero, said. "I never told these people they could use my name for this," Charles Ramsey confirmed. By saying no to the free burger reward, Ramsey, it seems, wants people to focus on doing good deeds. "Ramsey encourages people to do things that will help the victims," Walker revealed.
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The offer of free burgers, however, isn't the only thing Charles Ramsey objects to. As a newfound celebrity, the colorful Cleveland hero has been crudely animated in a video game entitled "Burger Bash." In the video, Ramsey and kidnapper Ariel Castro are depicted throwing burgers at one another. Upon learning of the video, Ramsey told the press: "I want everyone to know that I have nothing to do with this trash."
On May 6th, 2013, Charles Ramsey helped Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight escape from the home in which they were imprisoned and tortured for ten years.