A Coca-Cola delivery driver and vending machine specialist has spoken of his frustration today at being ‘mobbed’ whilst on shift in his Coca-Cola-branded delivery van, claiming that his job has now become ‘unbearable’ in the winter months.
Dennis Lint, who has worked for Coca-Cola for eight-years, says he is ‘ready to quit’, after his work repairing and stocking vending machines, which he insists is ‘absolutely fine’ up until the second week of November, has become ‘too distressing and hazardous’, as hundreds of children follow him in his van, climb on his bonnet and take photos of him walking into leisure centres.
‘Apparently I’m the most photographed man in the country during November and December, and all I’m doing is maintaining the vending machines between Grantham and Sleaford’, said Dennis. ‘Children are always shouting, ‘Coca-Cola man, where are you going next?’ Of course they're going to be disappointed when I tell them I’m off to St Andrew’s Business Park to replace a faulty change dispenser in an AlpineOne vending machine. But that’s the truth, this is what I do for a living, am I supposed to lie and say I’m off to Lapland or something?’.
Dennis added: ‘Everywhere I go people are always expecting me to do something Christmassy, like jingle some bells or sing festive songs. I don’t think I even know any Christmas carols all the way through. I do sometimes tell them how to calibrate a 2011 BevMax4 vending machine, but that doesn’t seem to be what they’re looking for’.
Claiming this will be his ‘last year’ working for Coke, Dennis added: ‘Do you realise how depressing it is; being cheered and sang to everywhere you go, only to leave hundreds of children heartbroken when they discover that you’re only there to dislodge a can of Sprite from an old drinks vender in a conference centre? It grinds you down, you know; I feel like I’m destroying Christmas everyday’.
‘The most depressing part of all, though, is that bloody song they sing right in my face whenever I arrive anywhere – ‘Holidays are coming! Holidays are coming!’ I’m not sure about their bloody holidays, but my next one isn’t until June, and that’s just a three-day trip to Bognor with my in-laws. Thank you to the British public for regularly reminding me of this through the medium of song’.