On it’s Web site the FBI said it was offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information regarding the disappearance of Berry.
Ramsey, always animated in his television interviews, may also get something from McDonald’s. He’s said repeatedly that he was enjoying a McDonald’s burger when he heard Berry scream for help from within the house where the women had been essentially imprisoned for a decade.
After an overwhelming response on Twitter calling on McDonald’s to do something for Ramsey, a company spokesman said the fast-food chain plans to reach out to the rescuer, according to ABC News. McDonald’s tweeted on May 7: “We salute the courage of Ohio kidnap victims & respect their privacy. Way to go Charles Ramsey- we’ll be in touch.”
In a recent interview, CNN’s Anderson Copper asked Ramsey about the possibility that he could profit from his actions.
Ramsey referred to the victims: “I tell you what you do, give it to them,” Ramsey said of any reward that might be due. “Because if folks been following this case since last night, you been following me since last night, you know I got a job. . .”
Earlier in the week, “Charles Ramsey” was a trending topic on the Web. One of his interviews immediately after the rescue has become a viral video on YouTube.
“Several supporters started a Rally.org fundraiser to buy him a $5,300 high-end grill and a three-year membership to the Sirloin of the Month Club,” wrote the Daily News’ Michael Walsh. (In interviews, Ramsey said he ate BBQ with the Castro.)
In Portland, Ore., Robby Russell, launched a fundraising page on gofundme.com in hopes of raising $10,000 for Ramsey, reported Oregon Fox television station KPTV.
“I thought maybe there’s something I could do with all this feedback that people want to provide to him,” Russell said. “Maybe I could help raise a little money so that he could be a little more comfortable throughout the situation.”
When I last checked, the effort had raised $10,210. Shelbie E. donated $150.
“The initial $10,000 goal was an arbitrary number that I expect we’ll easily pass,” Russell said.
At Hodge’s Cleveland, the restaurant where Ramsey works, T-shirts bearing the words “Cleveland’s Hero * Charles Ramsey” and a drawing of his likeness are being sold in his honor. At Ramsey’s request, all proceeds will be donated to the rescued women, according to a report in the New York Daily News.
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