Local hero and burger enthusiast Charles Ramsey will never have to pay for a beef patty in Cleveland again, thanks to a special free burger card good at more than a dozen area restaurants, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Ramsey became a national sensation this month after giving a colorful account of the rescue efforts that helped free Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight earlier in May.
"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.'"
The Internet quickly latched onto Ramsey's McDonald's detail, and the fast food chain was soon swamped by people asking the company to honor the burger-loving neighbor.
While he has said he would give any reward money back to the victims, restaurants in and around Cleveland have signed on to provide Ramsey with burgers whenever he wishes, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
The "Chuck Card," which is "good for life," was the brainchild of Scott Kuhn of the Driftwood Restaurant Group.
"We want to honor our local hero with local food," Kuhn told the news outlet. "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."
Hodge’s Cleveland, the restaurant where Ramsey works as a dishwasher, unveiled a new Charles Ramsey-inspired hamburger on May 13:
Tomorrow: We launch the #RamseyBurger! 8 oz. CAB burger with secret sauce and more for $12 (served with tots)!
— Hodge's Cleveland (@HodgesCleveland) May 12, 2013
Customers on Twitter have so far given the Ramsey Burger rave reviews.
Soon after Ramsey's now-famous interview, a Reddit post titled "Charles Ramsey deserves Free Big Macs for life. Who agrees?" received more than 19,000 upvotes, an indicator of its popularity. Taiwanese animation team NMA-TV even created a hamburger-hurling video game in Ramsey's honor.