Ohio kidnap case hero gets year of free McDonald's

Ramsey awarded for rescuing women
Associated Press
May 24, 2013


The man who famously put down his Big Mac to help rescue three women held captive for years in a Cleveland house will get free McDonald's for the next year, a company spokeswoman confirmed Thursday.

Local franchisees in Charles Ramsey's neighborhood have offered him free food at their restaurants, said Heidi Barker, a spokeswoman for Oak Brook, Ill.-based McDonald's Corp.

Ramsey was called a hero after helping Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight break out of the house May 6. Homeowner Ariel Castro faces charges. His defense team has said he will plead not guilty.

Ramsey had noted in an interview with a local TV station that he was eating McDonald's when the scene unfolded. He also spoke of it in a 911 call. Both the interview and the call quickly became popular online, and McDonald's caught wind of Ramsey's mentions.

The world's biggest hamburger company had said a day after the rescue on Twitter: "We salute the courage of Ohio kidnap victims & respect their privacy. Way to go Charles Ramsey — we'll be in touch."

Barker said local McDonald's owner-operators later connected with Ramsey.

"Out of respect for the survivors of this harrowing ordeal and the ongoing investigation, we have not shared publicly details of our outreach," Barker said in an email.

McDonald's also has made a $10,000 donation to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in the names of the three women and Ramsey, Barker said.

Ramsey has also been promised free burgers for life at more than a dozen Cleveland-area restaurants.

The restaurant where Ramsey worked as a dishwasher initially created a special burger in his honor, but eateries in the city decided a larger tribute was due, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reported.

The newspaper said Ramsey was traveling and would get his reward when he returns.



Julie R.

I found this guy's rawness hilarious. One can't help but like him. He really IS a true hero.

Way to go, Charles Ramsey!


I agree! Not only was he a hero, but a funny one at that. I will always remember his remark about the pretty white girl, just like I will always remember Rodney King's "why can't we all just get along?" remark. Sometimes the best wisdom comes from a normal everyday remark!


Yuck! McDonalds????

Licorice Schtick

You know what they say -"No good deed goes unpunished."

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The Hero Zone

Haha you think the IRS will send him an audit for the taxes on the "value" of his prize like the Oprah cars? I can see the headline now

"IRS issues McLiens on Cleveland Samaritan"


Free Mickey D's for a yr.?

I thought that they were gonna reward him? :)

Remember: If you're ever on camera mention a better restaurant chain.


LOL! Applebee's carry out at least! (Poundin' the desk...)


He will gain at least 25 pounds eating that all the time...


He will gain at least 25 pounds eating that all the time...

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The Hero Zone

In addition to this he has become a bit of an internet phenomenon:



Oh I'm sure he will get "hooked up" by some McDonald"s employees!...LOL! well go ahead throw in some fries or nuggets or something!....LMBO!!!