That opportunity can be ripped from the soft, stinking core of crisis has never been proven so powerfully than by a group of shirtless durian hustlers.
After the coronavirus outbreak forced all of Chiang Mai’s gyms to close, owners and trainers banded together to shift from pumping iron to smashing stubborn fruit to make some money – and nourish a thirsty internet.
Nattaphol “Tob” Pongphasathorn, 39, traded his King of Gym for the “king of fruits” after the former was ordered closed and a friend invited him to invest in a new business by ordering 1,500 kilograms of durians from the Thai east.
Now relying heavily on sales through their delivery service Bsamfruit, these guys are devoting their beefcake to the sweaty job of freeing pungent meat from quality fruit. And of course they’re doing it all oiled up and showing a lot of skin for the benefit of all, apart from some tight little shorts, stretchy pants and face masks.
There’s even a fit af gym babe in the mix.
Apart from delivering durians, Bsamfruit is open to walk-ins at their spot in Soi Kamphaeng Din 3, so feel free to go check out the goods yourself if in the area. Get a mouthful of hot d while you’re at it (durian, ofc).
Their online sales pitch tells it straight:
“Walk in to buy durians and get free selfies with muscular men.”
They’re also live streaming their hard-working hardbodies, as they did Monday via Facebook Live, which saw more than 13,000 viewers, some of whom left their own cheeky comments.
“Looks very delicious, both the durians and their huskers,” Facebook user Angkhana Totan wrote.
No matter if it is actually the premium durians, an efficient delivery service or their hot abs; business has been overwhelming, Tob says, largely thanks too all the media attention.
If the outbreak continues beyond durian season, the group vows to find other types of fruit to take photos with and deliver.