Charles Ramsey, the man who became a hero and online viral sensation after helping to rescue three Ohio women held captive for 10 years, has been offered free burgers for life from a string of Cleveland-area restaurants.
Ramsey's colorful account of his rescue efforts that helped free Amanda Berry, Michelle Knight, and Gina DeJesus earlier this month shot him to instant online stardom.
"I heard screaming," Ramsey told reporters after the rescue on May 6. "I'm eating my McDonald's, I come outside, I see this girl going nuts trying to get out of her house. So I go on the porch and she says, 'Help me get out, I've been here a long time.'"
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The auto-tuned version of the interview, "Dead Giveaway,"
gave rise to a whole new round of viral celebrity.
The Internet latched onto the McDonald's reference, urging the fast-food chain to honor the burger-loving Ramsey. Though McDonald's has not jumped on the bandwagon, more than a dozen Cleveland restaurants have pledged a burger to Ramsey anytime he wants one.
"We want to honor our local hero with local food,"
Scott Kuhn, who operates four of the restaurants participating in the offer, told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "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."
Hodges, the restaurant where Ramsey works as a dishwasher, even launched the Ramsey Burger, a play on the Big Mac.
Ramsey is reportedly taking time off on paid leave to travel following his newfound stardom.
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