A TALENTED McDonald's manager has such an unusual approach to work that people travel thousands of miles to be served by him.
Richard Walker, 32, has become something of a viral sensation after serenading customers at the London Liverpool Street branch of McDonald's.
Dubbed the "McMC" by adoring fans, he has been singing to happy patrons for five years and counting on most nights of the week.
Richard, from Streatham,has amassed thousands of followers on TikTok and Instagram thanks to his musical talent.
One popular clip shows the fast food worker passionately giving a rendition of Montell Jordan's "This Is How We Do It" for customers.
Those in the restaurant could be seen filming and waving their hands in the air as they enjoyed the unusual experience.
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Richard, who often wears a piano keys tie, is now so famous he gets recognised by people from all over the world.
Tourists from as far as Australia have come to catch a glimpse of him in full flow.
He told MyLondon: “My passion is microphones in general. Since I was about seven years old, I remember learning songs on a toy guitar.
"But no one expects to have a job like this – it’s an example of real life being stranger than fiction.”
The talented manager revealed that his first gig was at a charity event five years ago where he was asked to fundraise for the Ronald McDonald House Charities.
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Richard added: “My business manager at the time caught wind of the fact that I sing and play music at the church I’ve been going to for the past 16 years.
"So I was asked to bring some of that to the charity event and it got such a good reaction that it just became a permanent thing.”
Richard says that he loves to sing because it "keeps the peace" and "creates good vibes".
He continued: “Now, I still make burgers, look after everyone, and deal with unruly customers.
"But when I get upset I sing. It’s the busiest McDonald’s in the UK so every night presents its own challenges and it can be an intense place.
"Popping on a song is a good way to distract everybody. It gets things moving, creates good vibes, and keeps the peace.”
Over the years, Richard has developed a repertoire of around 20 songs that he sings throughout the week, featuring classics by Bob Marley, Luther Vandross, Robbie Williams, Elton John, and the Backstreet Boys.
More often than not, his incredible performances result in a sing-alongand he has received messages of thanks from customers for his positivity.
He said: “I really do think the singing helps some people. One person said to me ‘I was having suicidal thoughts until I heard you singing and I just wanted to thank you’.
"Another told me it was helping them deal with the death of their sister. One time, someone left me a hand-written note thanking me. I still have it taped to my fridge.
“The positivity really makes me want to be a better person so that I can keep this going for as long as possible and not let anyone down."
Richard added that his singing is a "mutually beneficial arrangement" between customers and staff.
He continued: “Some people may have a negative perception of a job in McDonald’s. I mean, fast food or customer service jobs are the butt of so many jokes.
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"But there is something good in pretty much anything if you just put yourself into it. And singing these songs is literally me giving a piece of myself to others.
"Because of that, I've seen a lot of positivity in a place you wouldn't necessarily expect it.”
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