A joy to be around at Christ­mas

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

At the time of year when har­ried shop­pers need some Christ­mas joy, Damian Jo­han­son is happy to spread it.

The Count­down trol­ley stacker, 34, is fa­mous in Porirua for singing on the job, and at this time of year, car­ols re­place rock stan­dards in his reper­toire.

‘‘I’m singing Jin­gle Bells Mr Jo­han­son said.

Pukerua Bay res­i­dent Mr Jo­han­son joined Count­down 11 years ago, af­ter leav­ing Mana Col­lege’s spe­cial needs unit.

His du­ties in­clude stack­ing trol­leys and bas­kets and putting dis­carded items back on shelves, and he of­ten helps cus­tomers put gro­ceries in their cars.

‘‘I like work­ing here. I’ve got a lot of friends here,’’ he said.

Mr Jo­han­son is such a hit with cus­tomers he of­ten gets presents, money and choco­lates at Christ­mas time.

A drum­mer in his spare time, the only time Mr Jo­han­son stops singing is in bad weather.

‘‘It’s not so great to sing when it rains. The sum­mer is the best time,’’ he said.

Count­down as­sis­tant store man­ager Michael Cundy said it was nice to see some­one so happy work­ing.

‘‘He def­i­nitely bright­ens up the car park for us.’’

a lot at the mo­ment,’’

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