charles ramsey

This is what you do when McDonald's gives you free burgers for a year

Remember Charles Ramsey, the hero behind the Cleveland kidnapping rescue?

McDonald’s promised Ramsey free burgers for a year after he said on TV that he’d gone to McDonald’s before rescuing the captive women and went to their aid with a half-eaten Big Mac in hand.

Ramsey said McDonald’s gave him $2,000 in gift cards. “I handed them out to every homeless person and kid I could find,” he said.

Charles Ramsey, the guy who saved the three kidnapped women, is giving up over $25,000 in reward money and giving it to the victims.

Today’s lesson: Be more like this guy. Remind yourself that you’re not the center of the universe. If everyone just put themselves in other people’s shoes instead of only looking out for himself, then perhaps we’d all stop treating each other like crap.

Even if you’re selfish, there’s a reason not to be. Treat others poorly, and they in turn will treat others poorly. This keeps being transferred like a disease until one day it comes back to you and someone treats you poorly. So helping others benefits you as well. The benefits are just not as immediate.

Your knight in shining armor is likely to be a 10-gallon freak. Science says so.

3 Reasons Real Heroes Tend to be Weirdos

Last week, Cleveland resident Charles Ramsey was propelled to national fame when he saved the lives of three kidnapping victims while enjoying some McDonald’s for lunch. And thanks to his subsequent freewheeling TV interview, the world also learned that Charles Ramsey is a total weirdo.

Yes, Ramsey follows in the footsteps of Antoine “bed intruder” Dodson and a hatchet-wielding drifter named Kai, who rose to Internet stardom this past February after saving a California utility worker from a rampaging motorist claiming to be the reincarnation of Jesus Christ. But why is it that these strange citizens keep swooping into the fray like so many bat-shaped men? There’s a reason – and yes, it involves science.

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Amanda Berry is the Hero of Her Own Rescue

This week, it seemed like a miracle happened in Cleveland: three women who have been missing for a decade and were presumed dead were found alive, held captive in a residential home for the time they were missing.  They were freed when Amanda Berry, one of the missing women, managed to partially pry open the bolted front door, creating a gap barely big enough for her fingers, and yelled for help.  Neighbor Charles Ramsey heard and saw her and came to her assistance, helping her pry back the aluminum door so she could crawl out and seek safety in Ramsay’s home, where she called 911, so that the police were able to free the other women, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, as well as one child, from the home.

Much has been made in the media narrative of Charles Ramsey as a hero, swooping in to rescue three damsels in distress, quite literally imprisoned.  Make no mistake, Ramsey’s actions were heroic.  He acted as we hope all bystanders would, though we know in reality they do not.  Instead of walking on by or hoping someone else would deal with it or prioritizing not embarrassing themselves over possibly helping another human being in an unanticipated circumstance.  He should be celebrated for his willingness to help others.

But in our hurry to understand the trauma of Amanda Berry’s victimization, the details of which are not yet known, we are erasing her agency in her own escape.  Whatever means were used to hold three women against their wills for a decade, we could certainly have empathy for them if they had long ago given up trying to escape, either because they feared punishment if they failed or because they began to sympathize with their captors or for a myriad of other reasons.  Amanda Berry took risks in trying to force her way out of the house.  She showed mental and emotional resilience in maintaining her sense of self and her will to fight for her own freedom and safety, and that of the other captives in the house.  Her will to survive and escape are awe-inspiring and incredibly brave.  We would be dishonoring her strength and courage by erasing her humanity, and agency.  Let us be careful not to let the rescue narratives we learned from  Disney movies displace our ability to see Amanda Berry as the hero of her own rescue.

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I am glad that Charles helped Amanda & the other girls. They were in there for 10 years. But I just want to say, this guy is truly amazing. He helped these girls to safety, he’s funny as shit, & he seems to be an all around good guy. Also, can I just point out that I absolutely love when black people do interviews for News? They just give no fucks & tell it like it is. They don’t try to be fake & proper. 


Best Interview ever? 


…the memes, the autotune remixes and the laughing seem purely celebratory. But what feels like celebration can also carry with it the undertone of condescension. Amidst the hood backdrop—the gnarled teeth…the slang, the shout-out to McDonald's—we miss the fact that Charles Ramsey is perfectly lucid and intelligent…[Antoine] Dodson and [Sweet] Brown and Ramsey [are] all up in our gifs and all over the blogosphere because they’re not the type of people we’re used to seeing or hearing on our TVs. They’re actually not the type of people we’re used to seeing or hearing at all…



“Dead Giveaway” Charles Ramsey interview autotuned


Charles Ramsey interview I applaud him for what he did but the end of the vid is hilarious! lol