Not only does Charles Ramsey have a burger named after him, but he can now access the go-to meal free of charge, for life. Ramsey and his Big Mac famously aided in the rescue of three kidnapped women, and the good karma has come back his way.
According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer a local restaurant where Ramsey once worked as a dishwasher, honored the hero by naming a burger in after him, and now other Cleveland-area eateries have stepped it up a notch. Ramsey will receive free burgers for life at more than a dozen restaurants. “We want to honor our local hero with local food,” said restaurateur Scott Kuhn. “He stopped his meal midway through to help those women. We’re now making sure he has other opportunities to go out and fully enjoy his burger.”
Ramsey’s hilarious recount of what led him to inadvertently uncover Amanda Berry— a woman taken away a decade ago alongside two others, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight— turned him into an overnight celebrity. His story has resulted in Internet memes, auto-tuned video montages, and even a call from Snoop Dogg. Through it all, he’s remained humble about the noble deed, possibly because he doesn’t feel like he did anything out of the ordinary. In fact, Ramsey told the Plain Dealer that he had no choice but to help: “My father would have whooped the hell out of me if I cowered out.”
That’s as good a reason as any.