Charles Ramsey, the Cleveland man who helped rescue three kidnapped women says he is broke, homeless, and in need of a job.
Ramsey became an overnight sensation when he helped free Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight who were held captive for nearly a decade by infamous Cleveland school bus driver Ariel Castro.
Donations poured in for the unlikely hero who used part of his windfall to purchase a used BMW for $8,000. Ramsey reportedly turned down offers of free burgers for the rest of his life from more than a dozen northeast Ohio restaurants. He also reportedly spurned a job offer from McDonald’s.
“I’m broke, bro,” Ramsey told UK’s Mail Online in a recent interview. Ramsey told the publication that he was terminated from his dishwashing gig in a kitchen because customers frequently barged in to shake his hand. He also claims to be homeless because no landlord wants the hassle of taking him in. But sources tell Mail Online that Ramsey raked in over $30,000 in cash and is expected to earn up to $50,000.
According to the Mail Online:
In his first interview since the days after the women escaped Castro’s dungeon, Charles Ramsey told MailOnline: ‘I’m broke bro, and that’s the truth’ and said that he is homeless because no landlord wants the hassle of taking him in.
He claims he can’t hold down a job because of the attention he receives. He said when he worked in a kitchen so many customers would barge in to shake his hand that he was fired.
Sources tell MailOnline, however, that Ramsey’s income in the two months since the girls escaped is around $30,000, including fees from lucrative corporate speaking engagements and $15,000 donated by well-wishers. He has been booked in for another four speaking slots and can expect his earnings to reach $50,000.
He has bought an $8,000 BMW, bragged about being rich and started a business selling T-shirts with his face on them for $25 each.
But Ramsey’s former neighbors claim he exaggerated his role in the rescue of the girls.