Cleveland, OH – Viral hero Charles Ramsey may have gotten free McDonald’s burgers for life, but that doesn’t mean anyone has to up and name a sandwich after him.
The Cleveland kidnapping hero who famously set aside his McDonald’s Big Mac to help rescue three women held captive in Ariel Castro’s house spoke against the apparent franchising of his own name on Friday. Ramsey says he’s not endorsing a group of restaurants trying to make a “Ramsey burger” to capitalize on his fame, and is asking them to keep his name out of it.
“I never told these people they could use my name for this,” he said in a statement released through his attorney.
The restaurant where Ramsey worked started the trend by creating a special burger dubbed the “Ramsey Burger” in honor of his heroic deed. Over a dozen restaurants in the area have now done the same, and Ramsey isn’t happy about it.
The owner of the local chain released a statement on Friday, saying that they will drop their “Ramsey Burger” from the menu.
“We are saddened to hear that Chuck did not take this – or the offer of so many Cleveland restaurants to give him free meals – in the spirit we intended,” Scott Kuhn of the Driftwood Restaurant Group said in a statement.
Ramsey was lauded as a hero after he helped Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight break out of the Castro house on May 6. Ramsey’s attorney says that he has not authorized any merchandise named for him, and is yet again attempting to steer attention away from himself and toward Castro’s victims.
“Ramsey encourages people to do things that will help the victims,” the statement from his lawyer continued.
What do you think? Should Charles Ramsey burgers become a thing?