Doorman for iconic Sir Francis Drake Hotel in San Francisco celebrates 40 years on job

Monday, May 01, 2017 06:30PM
Tom Sweeney has been on the job for 40 years and is still enjoying it like day one. Tuesday he celebrates his 40 year anniversary of being on the job at the iconic Sir Francis Drake Hotel in San Francisco.


SAN FRANCISCO - Tom Sweeney has been on the job for 40 years and is still enjoying it like day one.

Tuesday, Sweeney celebrates working as a doorman at the Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel in San Francisco, dressed in the iconic Beefeater costume.

It all started as a summer job, but he was having so much fun, he turned it into a career.

Even now, he still finds joy in the tedious parts of his job.

"The most asked question in 40 years is, 'Where does a cable car stop,' -- like 25,000 times a year that happens," Sweeney said. "The second most asked question is, 'Where is Fisherman's Wharf' -- like 15,000 times a year. And the third one is 'Where is there an ATM machine' -- that's like 5,000 times a year."

When asked if he gets tired of answering the questions Sweeney replied, "No, it's always from a different person."

Sweeney has run in the Bay to Breakers event in his Beefeater outfit -- been in soap operas and has even tackled a robber in it.
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