Cleveland hero Charles Ramsey: ‘No free burgers,’ help victims instead

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Charles Ramsey speaks to the media shortly after aiding in the May 2013 rescue of three kidnapped Cleveland women. (Photo: WJW)

Charles Ramsey speaks to the media shortly after aiding in the May 2013 rescue of three kidnapped Cleveland women. (Photo: WJW)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (FoxNews.com) — A man who put aside his Big Mac to help rescue three women held captive in a Cleveland house says he’s not endorsing a group of restaurants offering him free burgers for life.

According to FoxNews.com, the restaurant where Charles Ramsey worked as a dishwasher initially created a burger named in his honor. Then more than a dozen area eateries decided a larger tribute was due.

Ramsey says in a written statement released through his attorney on Friday he doesn’t endorse the northeast Ohio restaurants that are offering burgers bearing his name or promoting a lifetime of free burgers for him.

The restaurant group tells The Plain Dealer newspaper it will drop the Ramsey burger from the menu. It says it’s saddened he isn’t taking the offer in the spirit intended.

Ramsey shot back this week, saying the restaurants are misinterpreting his intentions, as well, release this statement through his lawyer.

“Mr. Ramsey has always encourage people to do things that will help the victims (he rescued). He encourages these restaurants to do the same. … wants everyone to know that he does not endorse the consortium of Northeast Ohio restaurants who are offering ‘Ramsey Burgers’ or who are promoting that Ramsey can receive free burgers from them for life.”

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