Keion “Little Man” Johnson, Lotus Lounge
Weight: 90 pounds
Keion Johnson is the smallest member of the security staff at Lotus Lounge on DC’s K Street, Northwest, but no one gives him grief. “People usually just come over and meet me and take my picture,” he says. “But I still enforce the rules.”
Being small has advantages. When “Little Man” patrols the club, people often don’t notice him until he’s on to them. “I look for anything—to see if someone is passed out or catch some underage drinking,” he says. “They don’t see me coming. I can catch them before almost anybody else.”
A DC native, Johnson has worked as a custodian, carpet layer, landscaper, and bookbinding worker. He was photographed at Fur, a sprawling nightclub in Northeast DC, where he worked for 2½ years. He recently moved to Lotus Lounge, a smaller club owned by the same company.
Wearing a black suit and pink tie, Johnson carries a flashlight and radio. He has never been in a fight. “They don’t mess with me,” he says.
Dealing with people who have had too much to drink is a bigger issue: “If you’ve seen one drunk, you’ve basically seen them all. Usually they just pass out somewhere, on the couch or in the bathroom. We put them outside.”This article first appeared in the June 2009 issue of The Washingtonian. For more articles from that issue, click here.