The San Francisco gallerist HATES a homeless woman down and says he’s just sorry she didn’t move
The owner of a San Francisco art gallery was caught on camera hosing down a homeless woman on the sidewalk as temperatures hit 49 degrees.
Collier Gwin, who runs the Foster Gwin Gallery in the Financial District, was seen on Monday leaning nonchalantly against the gate of a restaurant while using a garden hose to squirt water at the woman as she screamed in fear.
Local businesses were quick to condemn his actions, while scores of angry social media users sought revenge by leaving a series of horrific reviews online – resulting in the gallery’s Google rating dropping to just one star.
After Gwin admitted to being the man in the video, Gwin, whose clients once included David Rockefeller and Arnold Schwarzenegger, attempted to defend his actions by claiming she had become psychotic and would turn over trash cans.
“I said you need to move, I can’t clean up the street, go downstairs,” Gwin told the San Francisco Chronicle. “She starts yelling aggressive things, spitting, yelling at me… at this point she was so out of control… I hose her down and say move, move. I’ll help you.’ He added that he’s a “champ” because he’s tried to help her before.
Collier Gwin, the owner of the Foster Gwin Gallery, was seen in a now viral video spraying a homeless woman in San Francisco with a hose. The incident happened on Monday when the weather hit a low of 49 degrees
The Brioche Cafe chef who recorded the video said he saw the scene unfold while making a delivery around 6am.
“I was shocked,” Edson Garcia told The Chronicle. ‘I know this lady.’
The video has since been viewed almost nine million times. But despite widespread backlash, Gwin stuck to his actions.
“You know, spraying her isn’t the answer, but spraying her was something that woke her up and calmed her down,” Gwin said. ‘So I’m sorry? I’m just sorry that… my ways of helping her countless times didn’t work.”
Gwin added that prior to the incident, he allowed her to remain on the sidewalk for days and tried to call the police and other government services to get her help.
Its art gallery has been in operation since 1984 and has attracted A-list clients like Schwarzenegger, according to SocketSite.
DailyMail.com reached out to Gwin for comment, but it wasn’t immediately available. And it now appears that the company’s social media pages have been shut down.
Gwin insisted he had no regrets for his actions and was trying to “help” her. He said the woman had been outside his gallery for days
The gallery shares a wall with a restaurant called the Barbarossa Lounge, where Gwin was seen leaning against a gate in the video. Gwin is not affiliated with the restaurant
The gallery shares a wall with a restaurant called the Barbarossa Lounge, where Gwin was seen leaning against a gate in the video.
Internet detectives attempting to identify the perpetrator initially assumed Gwin was linked to the restaurant. But owner Arash Ghanadan debunked the claim when mountains of hate mail poured in.
“Barbarossa Lounge has been made aware of a video that has started circulating on social media that was filmed outside of our small business,” Ghanadan told DailyMail.com.
“We are extremely disappointed by the behavior of this person and do not support such actions in any way. We have been informed that further formal and media investigations are ongoing.’
Ghanadan added: “The past three years has been a tough time for our business with a pandemic. We barely survived and now our reputation is being ruined by a video that everyone mistakenly believes is related to our business.”
Rows of homeless tents can be seen near San Francisco City Hall in front of apartment buildings and small commercial buildings earlier this year
About 8,000 homeless people were reported in the city in February
The video comes amid a growing homelessness crisis in the city. The number of homeless people in San Francisco was counted at nearly 8,000 in February, the second highest number since 2005, according to the official government census, which takes place every three years.
Business owners in the Castro neighborhood of San Francisco have threatened to stop paying taxes unless politicians start clearing the streets of trash and preventing people from openly using drugs.
In a letter to city officials in August, the Castro Merchants Association said some of the homeless on the streets outside their stores had been harassing customers and needed help.
“They need housing and/or services, and they need it immediately,” the Merchants Association said.
“Our community is struggling to recover from lost business, burglaries and endless vandalism/graffiti (often perpetrated by homeless people) and we implore you to take action.”
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11620589/San-Francisco-gallery-owner-HOSES-homeless-woman-says-hes-sorry-didnt-move.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 The San Francisco gallerist HATES a homeless woman down and says he’s just sorry she didn’t move