San Francisco gallery owner HOSES down homeless woman and says he's only sorry ... trends now
The owner of an art gallery in San Francisco has been caught on camera hosing down a homeless woman on the sidewalk as temperatures hit 49 degrees.
Collier Gwin, who runs Foster Gwin Gallery in the Financial District, was seen on Monday leaning casually against the gate of a restaurant while using a garden hose to blast water at the woman as she screamed in fright.
Local businesses were quick to condemn his actions, while scores of enraged social media users sought revenge by leaving a string of dreadful reviews online - causing the gallery's rating on Google to plunge to just one star.
After admitting to being the man in the video, Gwin, whose clients once included David Rockefeller and Arnold Schwarzenegger, tried to defend his actions, claiming she had become psychotic and was turning over garbage cans.
'I said you have to move, I cannot clean the street, move down,' Gwin told The San Francisco Chronicle. 'She starts screaming bellingent things, spitting, yelling at me... at that point she was so out of control... I spray her with the hose and say move, move. I will help you.' He added he is a 'champion' for trying to help her previously.
Collier Gwin, the owner of Foster Gwin Gallery, was seen in a now viral video spraying a homeless woman in San Francisco with a hose. The incident occurred on Monday as weather hit a low of 49 degrees
The chef of Brioche Cafe, who captured the video, said he saw the scene unfold while making an early morning delivery around 6am.
'I was shocked,' Edson Garcia told The Chronicle. 'I know that lady.'
The video has since had almost nine million views. But despite the widespread backlash, Gwin stuck by his actions.
'You know, spraying her’s not the solution, but spraying her was something that woke her up, and that calmed her down,' Gwin said. 'So am I sorry? I’m only sorry that... my way of helping her countlessly has gotten nothing done.'
Gwin added that