When Cleveland resident Charles Ramsey put down his Big Mac to help free three kidnapped women and a young girl from a decade of captivity, he was instantly thrust into the spotlight. When he turned out to be such a charmingly outspoken character, the world had a new folk hero on its hands. Interviews with him have gone viral, dozens of restaurants have offered him free burgers for life, and even a video game has been created starring the unexpected champion.
But Charles Ramsey doesn’t play by the rules — which is why we love him — and in reaction to his newfound fame, the man doesn’t disappoint.
Ramsey has hired attorney Patricia Walker to help him with intellectual and property rights, seeking more control over his likeness, name and voice, reports The Plain Dealer.
He wants to be clear that he doesn’t endorse restaurants offering “Ramsey Burgers,” he doesn’t want free burgers for life, and he is appalled by the online video game produced in Taiwan that features him in a burger smackdown with Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro.
"I want everyone to know that I have nothing to do with this trash," Ramsey said in a written statement through Walker.
Although he is particularly disgusted with the video game, the burger situation doesn’t seem much better.
"I never told these people they could use my name for this," Ramsey said.
Walker also noted that Ramsey has not authorized any merchandise and has no website or social media accounts.
"He is encouraging people to do things that will help the victims," Walker said.
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