McDonald's: We Want to Talk to Cleveland Hero Neighbor
But is company exploiting the kidnapping?
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted May 8, 2013 12:55 PM CDT
Neighbor Charles Ramsey speaks to media near the home on the 2200 block of Seymour Avenue, where three missing women were rescued in Cleveland, on Monday, May 6, 2013.   (AP Photo/The Plain Dealer, Scott Shaw)

(Newser) Charles Ramsey has given quite a few interviews since he rescued Amanda Berry from the Ohio house where she, her daughter, and two other women were being held captive—and in quite a few of those interviews, as well as his initial 911 call, he mentioned that he was eating McDonald's when he first heard Berry's screams. The fact did not go unnoticed. Sample headline from E! Online: "Charles Ramsey Deserves Free McDonald's for Life." And he just may get it, because the AP reports that Mickey D's is now trying to get in touch with Ramsey.

"We salute the courage of Ohio kidnap victims & respect their privacy. Way to go Charles Ramsey—we'll be in touch," McDonald's tweeted yesterday. A company spokesperson tells the AP it is trying to use its local franchisee, as opposed to the media, to get in touch with Ramsey, and notes that McD's is trying to be discreet, considering "this is a very tragic situation and we can't lose sight of that." But in the Los Angeles Times, David Lazarus accuses McDonald's of "shamelessly exploiting" the kidnapping case, and notes that it's pretty hypocritical to claim you want to be discreet ... in an interview with the AP.

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May 9, 2013 2:33 PM CDT
Nice to see Burger King standing by it's employees. Hope she still has a job.
May 9, 2013 11:39 AM CDT
How about McDonalds chips in for a trip to the dentist?
May 9, 2013 11:37 AM CDT
Guy mentioned he was eating McDonald's while he went to help rescue the women. McDonald's wants to show support and offer him a reward for doing so. It's a nice thing to do for them regardless of their motives. The world would be a much better place if EVERYONE did such nice things for people even if they had ulterior motives.