An unmasked shopper at a Campbell Marshalls threw a fit of such epic proportions that it landed him above-the-fold placement today on TMZ.
Cellphone footage of the tantrum shows a man clad in a pale pink button-down shirt, a backwards tie and khaki slacks protesting a clerk’s insistence that he mask up or leave.
“You dumb f***king f****t,” the bare-faced customer replies. “What’s your problem?”
The man then threatens the employees with financial retribution, falsely claiming they’d be liable for a $75,000 fine for denying service to someone with a disability. He punctuates the baseless warnings by insulting their intelligence—“You don’t know the law? That’s how stupid you are”—and resorting to racial slurs.
But wait ... it gets worse.
The ornery bargain hunter caps off the tirade with an obscene flourish.
When asked for his name, maskless avenger—staring directly at a cellphone camera held up to memorialize the moment—unzips his fly as though about to expose himself.
The Twitterverse quickly branded the man a “Kevin,” the male version of a “Karen.”
Meanwhile, websleuths went about confirming his name, which has been reported by CBS Channel 5 and MSN as 52-year-old Tim Gaskin, a former San Francisco-based artist, publisher and talk show host. Calls to his publicly listed phone number went straight to voicemail, so San Jose Inside has been unable to ask him about the videos.
Gaskin’s homophobic rhetoric took some of his past acquaintances who reached out to San Jose Inside by surprise, considering his past prominence in SF’s queer community.
In the early 2000s, Gaskin reportedly co-hosted a cable access show titled “Inside City Limits” before going on, a few years later, to host an LGBTQ-focused weekly talk show on the same Comcast channel called OUT Spoken.
He also produced a TV and radio show about San Francisco real estate called “Open House,” which Gaskin described to SFGate as “‘Antiques Roadshow’ meets ‘60 Minutes.’”
Meanwhile, Gaskin published a couple magazines that covered the city he then called home. First came Gloss, which he described in 2001 as an alternative lifestyle publication for San Fransciscans. Benefit, which focused on philanthropy, first went to print in 2006 and, according to archived newspaper interviews, was inspired by Gaskin’s longtime fundraising and charitable work for AIDS-related causes.
All the while, Gaskin dabbled in fine art, earning him more media attention in 2004 when he painted an installment for the Hearts in San Francisco project, a fundraiser for the SF General Hospital. Gaskin’s heart sculpture depicted then SF DA Kamala Harris as Billie Holiday and Gavin Newsom’s then-wife Kimberly Guilfoyle as Frida Kahlo.
Two years later, Newsom, as SF mayor, appointed Gaskin to a new city arts task force.
At some point in the late ’aughts, Gaskin changed course.
Once his last magazine folded, according to an online bio, he returned to a line of work he said he held before ever earning his keep as publisher and artist: importing meats.
In a cached version of an article that once appeared on his personal website, Gaskin said his varied background stems from a drive to lift himself up from difficult circumstances. Raised by an abusive dad and a mom who brought him in and out of shelters, he said the court granted his petition for emancipation when he was just 14.
“Because I lived on the streets in my youth, there is nothing I haven’t seen or been a part of,” he said. “It’s hard today to imagine that my life was ever that way.”
Video of the Marshalls meltdown plays out over the following two videos, which were tweeted the other day by a San Jose DJ known as Eddie House, who says he’s a friend of one of the workers who had to deal with Gaskin.
— Eddie House (@fetcharooskies) August 18, 2020