A joy to be around at Christmas
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,’’