Forget the McRib – customers at a McDonald’s asked for McRipped.
Daniel Parker, 22, used his job at the Golden Arches – and his impressive figure – as a springboard to a career as a personal trainer, and now he’s encouraging others who view fast food as a dead-end job to use the time to explore their full potential.
“I’ve been working since I was 16,” says the sexy Scot explains in a video posted on social media.
“I have always felt secure when I receive a monthly salary or a weekly salary. But if you never take that risk, you’ll never have a chance at the reward,” said the fit Fry wrangler.
Parker believes that McDonald’s and later the South African chicken chain Nando’s were great places to gain work experience; attention from his customers – especially mature women, according to The Sun – gave him the opportunity to grow his social media and gain the confidence he needed to turn his fitness hobby into a full-time job.
The Hamburger Guy currently has 164,800 followers on TikTok.
Still, being admired for his body wasn’t enough – the young man explained that he realized that working in the chain restaurants ultimately had a negative impact on his mental well-being.
“They gave me a chance with social media, but I only find fulfillment through sport and helping people achieve their goals,” Parker said of McDonald’s and Nandos.
“They have given me so many opportunities, but this is not my goal in life,” he admitted. “It has affected my mental health to the point where I can no longer do it.”
“I have to take the leap, take the risk of building my own business.”
Parker uses his social media accounts to promote his fitness training business.
“It’s a financial risk that’s scary,” he shared.