Theodore “TK” King, Whitlow's on Wilson
Weight: 220 pounds
The first thing most people notice about Theodore King, or TK, is his arms. He can bench-press 435 pounds, and he works out three hours a day. But his easygoing nature often helps more than his muscles do when he’s dealing with troublemakers.
“You get some up in here who want to prove themselves,” he says. “I try to talk them out of it. I like to make friends of them when they come through the door. You can be surprised by what you get back in return.”
King, a full-time auto-parts truck driver, has been a bouncer at Whitlow’s in Clarendon for a decade and has plenty of stories. One night, a drunk staggered outside and circled the block five times looking for his car, which was parked in front of the bar. “He said, ‘I need help finding my car.’ He gave me the car keys, and I heard ‘beep beep.’ It was right there. I got him a cab and held onto his keys until the next day.”
King, who has a girlfriend, gets lots of attention from women who come in and grab his arms. “I love being a bouncer,” he says. “I’ll probably keep doing it until I can’t do it anymore.”