Thousands of dollars were raised at a popular Union Square restaurant Wednesday to help curb the rising medical costs for a 9-year-old boy who was injured in a hit-and-run in San Francisco last week. Read More
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 New York City sommelier accused of stealing a pricey Pablo Picasso sketch from a Union Square art gallery on Tuesday says he’s stunned by the global media attention his case has garnered.
“This has been completely blown out of proportion,” Mark Lugo exclaimed in a brief jailhouse interview with The San Francisco Examiner on Friday. Read More
He appears to favor ritzy hotels, fine wine and pricey artwork.
But the motive for 30-year-old Mark Lugo, who worked at the high-end New York restaurant BLT Fish as a beverage manager, to allegedly steal a Picasso sketch from a San Francisco art gallery remains unknown to police.
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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
A man who says he lost his job playing Santa at Macy’s Union Square in San Francisco for telling dirty jokes to adult visitors may be getting the last laugh: his story has earned him an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Read More
A man who reportedly lost his job playing Santa at Macy’s Union Square in San Francisco for telling dirty jokes to adult visitors is taking his act to Lefty O’Doul’s restaurant.Beginning Saturday, John Toomey will appear on a specially constructed North Pole Winter Wonderland stage at the restaurant from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. until Christmas Eve, Lefty’s spokesman Lee Houskeeper said. Read More