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Burger-loving Cleveland hero gets free hamburgers for life

The "Chuck Card" will give Charles Ramsey his pick of patties at a dozen local restaurants.
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Chiara O. Scuri, May 23, 2013 9:57:29 PM

A love of burgers and a heaping side order of heroism has granted Charles Ramsey free patties for life.

The Cleveland man was lauded after he aided in the rescue of three women allegedly held captive for a decade by his neighbour, Ariel Castro, but he became an international sensation thanks to his animated account of the action.

“I heard screaming,” Ramsey told reporters after the rescue on May 6 in a now epic video. “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.’”

Though many petitioned for Ramsey to get an eternal supply of free Mickey D’s from the burger chain, one local restaurant decided to do even better.

As the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports, Scott Kuhn of the Driftwood Restaurant Group was touched by Ramsey’s statement that he would give any reward money to the women and their families and decided to honour him with something he loves instead: Hamburgers.

The “Chuck Card” will allow Ramsey access to free burgers any time he wants them at more than a dozen Cleveland area restaurants. The card is “good for life.”

“We want to honor our local hero with local food,” Kuhn told the 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.”

As we all say to you, Mr. Ramsey: Bon appetit. You’ve earned it and then some.


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