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Cleveland hero gets free burgers for life

posted at 10:11 am on May 23, 2013 by

Not from McDonalds, interestingly enough, but more than a dozen other restaurants from as far away as Pennsylvania have granted Charles Ramsey a perpetual freebie for his action in freeing three young women missing for more than a decade.  One even created a new burger in his honor:

The hometown hamburger homages began with an 8-ounce Angus beef patty with a secret sauce devised by Chris Hodgson, chef at the downtown restaurant where Ramsey works as a dishwasher.

“He’s calm in the face of crazy and hectic things going on,” Hodgson told the Cleveland Plain Dealer after police rescued Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight from the house where they were allegedly held captive and raped for a decade. “He always steps up to do anything you ask.”

The “Ramsey Burger” started out as a temporary menu item, but has since become permanent and the idea has spread to other restaurants, according to the Plain Dealer.

He can eat for free on the boss’ dime, but he can also try some variety:

More than a dozen Northeast Ohio restaurants have pledged an offer of a burger anytime Ramsey wants to stop by and dig in. AMP 150 at the Marriott Cleveland Airport; Washington Place Bistro and Inn in Little Italy;Fahrenheit restaurant in Tremont; Market Garden BreweryBier MarktBar Cento and Nano Brew in Ohio City; Welshfield Inn in Troy Township; Hodgesand Pura Vida in downtown Cleveland; 87 West at Crocker Park in Westlake;Orchard House restaurant in Brunswick; Flour restaurant in Moreland Hills, and the Allegheny Grille in Foxburg, Pennsylvania, have joined in the offer.

The burger tribute was inspired by Ramsey, who stopped eating his meal of a Big Mac to intervene and aid the escape of Amanda Berry and her daughter, along with Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight.

Bon appetit, Mr. Ramsey.

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Ten years from now when Mr. Ramsey walks into the Allegheny Grille and asks for a free burger they’ll go “Charles Who?”.

Fenris on May 23, 2013 at 10:38 AM

McDonald’s should be kicking themselves. What a wasted opportunity for free publicity for them.

DrAllecon on May 23, 2013 at 10:38 AM

Ten years from now when Mr. Ramsey walks into the Allegheny Grille and asks for a free burger they’ll go “Charles Who?”.

Fenris on May 23, 2013 at 10:38 AM

Quite possibly. He should enjoy while it lasts.

Doomberg on May 23, 2013 at 10:49 AM

Hero gets burger?

Non sequitur. Hero should get hero.

Meanwhile….

apostic on May 23, 2013 at 10:50 AM

C’mon, you cynical Hot Gas readers – feelgood story should feel good. feelsgoodman.png and all that.

ramesees on May 23, 2013 at 10:54 AM

Ten yearsSix months from now when Mr. Ramsey walks into the Allegheny Grille and asks for a free burger they’ll go “Charles Who?”.

Fenris on May 23, 2013 at 10:38 AM

MadisonConservative on May 23, 2013 at 11:04 AM

Is the new burger called the “Domestic Abuser”? Ramsey isn’t exactly an angel despite his responding to the incident.

Bishop on May 23, 2013 at 11:07 AM

C’mon, you cynical Hot Gas readers – feelgood story should feel good. feelsgoodman.png and all that.

ramesees on May 23, 2013 at 10:54 AM

It’s hard not to be cynical these days. Ace had a story about a “google doodle” winner and my first reaction was to analyze it for a few seconds before I allowed myself an emotional reaction.

But okay, I’m sure the 3 ladies he rescued will remember him with gratitude for life. At least once they get over most of the trauma. That’s what matters. Maybe they’ll get together for a burger and beer.

Fenris on May 23, 2013 at 11:12 AM

McDonald’s should be kicking themselves. What a wasted opportunity for free publicity for them.

DrAllecon on May 23, 2013 at 10:38 AM

Yep. Mickey D’s new Rape Burger, or Pervert Sandwich.

HiJack on May 23, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Yep. Mickey D’s new Rape Burger, or Pervert Sandwich.

HiJack on May 23, 2013 at 11:14 AM

“Hey, there’s no meat in this burger!”

“That’s OK. It’s not a burger burger…”

apostic on May 23, 2013 at 11:46 AM

I Hope Weight watchers steps up and gives him a membership after his lifetime of Burger binging.

portlandon on May 23, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Mayor Bloomberg needs to step in and keep these evil people from killing this guy with burgers, fries and sugary drinks bigger than 7oz. Please can anyone help this man???!!!!!

LOL

Well done, all you restaurants and diners!

simkeith on May 23, 2013 at 12:53 PM

This is all well and good, and my heart is duly warmed, but I still wonder how this works out exactly. Honestly, how does he cash in each time? Must he have a conversation about himself each and every time for the rest of his life? I got it. He walks in to any one of 15 hamburger-serving places and all the employees there instantly recognize him and graciously bow. Deeply, like royalty in the olden days, real dramatic-like. And all the customers go, “What? What? What’s happening? Oh, he’s that hero.”

For the rest of his life.

That’s how it works.

bour3 on May 23, 2013 at 1:47 PM

Yep. Mickey D’s new Rape Burger, or Pervert Sandwich.

HiJack on May 23, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Ba-ba-ba-DA-da I’m lovin’ it!

DrAllecon on May 23, 2013 at 2:35 PM

Can we please stop calling him a hero? He did what any normal person should do – he pried open the door to let the woman out. To call this heroic means everyone is a hero. It diminishes true heroism. To be a hero, someone must go beyond what anyone would do. If he had fought the guy who owned the house to rescue the woman that would be heroic. A hero must put his or herself at personal risk to help someone. Heroic behavior requires action that a normal person would not do, that entails a high degree of risk to the person who does it.

The Buzz on May 24, 2013 at 7:37 AM

And why aren’t the cops who actually went into the house to rescue the other two women heroes? Why aren’t they offered free burgers for life? They took more risk than this guy did.

The Buzz on May 24, 2013 at 7:43 AM

Can we please stop calling him a hero? He did what any normal person should do – he pried open the door to let the woman out. To call this heroic means everyone is a hero. It diminishes true heroism. To be a hero, someone must go beyond what anyone would do. If he had fought the guy who owned the house to rescue the woman that would be heroic. A hero must put his or herself at personal risk to help someone. Heroic behavior requires action that a normal person would not do, that entails a high degree of risk to the person who does it.

The Buzz on May 24, 2013 at 7:37 AM

But we also have to acknowledge the “no snitch” culture. In that case, just doing the right thing qualifies as being a hero.

Myron Falwell on May 24, 2013 at 8:12 AM