A longtime San Francisco Santa Claus will receive a final sendoff this week as friends and fans come together to celebrate his life.Lefty O'Doul's will host "an Irish wake befitting 'Santa' John Toomey" on Friday that will include food and music, restaurant spokesman Lee Houskeeper said. Read More
John Toomey, the former Santa Claus at the Union Square Macy’s who said he was fired for telling dirty jokes to adults, has died, spokesman Lee Housekeeper said Friday.
Toomey was found lifeless in his Market Street hotel room. The cause of death was not immediately known, however last Christmas he had been suffering bronchial trouble and heart problems, Housekeeper said. Read More
The Christmas spirit is spreading through San Francisco on Friday, and the heart of the activity may be Lefty O’Doul’s restaurant near Union Square, where a last-minute holiday toy drive is kicking into high gear. Lefty’s needs 30,000 toys by the time the toy drive ends at 1 a.m. on Christmas Day, restaurant owner Nick Bovis said Friday morning. Read More
The Examiner predicts what The City’s leaders, losers, and movers and shakers want from Santa.
Who: John ‘Bad Santa’ Toomey
Holiday wish: Christmas year-round Read More
A Santa fired for telling a joke will be arriving today in a fire truck at his new job to collect toys for the girls and boys.
John Toomey was fired from Macy’s in Union Square after a 20-year stint there for telling a joke to an elderly couple. Toomey, however, was hired by nearby eatery Lefty O’Doul’s, where he will start today. Read More