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  • Just imagine being witness to this moment of sheer horror.

  • Me and a colleague were just doing our job when we noticed a guy skulking around looking

  • like he was up to something.

  • We kept an eye on him, but I regret to this day that I didn't approach the man.

  • We saw him leave what looked like a Styrofoam cup on top of what we presumed was his car.

  • We were right about it being his car, but what we didn't know was that this cup was

  • not full of coffee or another drink.

  • He'd actually turned it into an improvised explosive device, or IED to those of you in

  • the know.

  • The cup was intended to do some serious damage to a lover, but instead a stranger decided

  • to take the trash from on top of the car.

  • The thing blew up in his hands, and we had to help clean up the mess.

  • What's perhaps strange to you guys listening is that this wasn't a scene from a war torn

  • nation and that guy wasn't from a terrorist cell.

  • This was run of the mill jealousy in the USA; that bomb and the needless death had all been

  • over a dispute about a woman.

  • Something I have learned in my life is that Las Vegas seems to be a city where ordinary

  • life can quickly turn to chaos.

  • That guy by the way, the one who picked up the cup, ended up with one of his finger bones

  • penetrating his skull.

  • He became one of many victims of what I still call the Wild West.

  • I can't say I've been all over the world, but after spending a life on the road I will

  • say Vegas could be the best and the worst city in the world in terms of entertainment.

  • When it's good it's great, and when it's bad it's hell.

  • When I worked in Vegas I was often reminded of that biblical tale of Sodom and Gomorrah,

  • except I'm yet to see fire and brimstone rain down on Vegas.

  • I'll tell you some of the worst things I saw and some of the worst things other security

  • told me, but let me first explain to you how a guy like me ended up working in the city

  • of sin.

  • I'm actually British, hailing from a fairly grim industrial town in the north of England.

  • I guess you could call it a Detroit-type of a city.

  • You know, a rough and tumble sort of blue-collar place where booze and fighting go hand in

  • hand.

  • I joined the armed forces when I was young, did two tours of Afghanistan, and later in

  • life made quite a bit of money working as security in Iraq.

  • The main part of my job there was pretty much making sure people got from point A to point

  • B and got there alive.

  • In Iraq the absence of things, the eerie quiet, is what scares you, but in Vegas it's the

  • presence of things, the total mayhem.

  • When my Iraq contracts were over I was kind of lost, but one day I got a call from a former

  • U.S. marine who'd I'd met in Iraq and he told me I'd be the right fit for a security

  • job in Vegas.

  • He said the money was good andwellit was Vegas.

  • I also got along with the guy well and I knew he had my back.

  • It would be fun if nothing else, and let me tell you, Las Vegas looks a lot more appealing

  • to the eye than a rundown former textile town in northern England.

  • Both have plenty of violence and drug abuse, but at least Vegas isn't dark and grey and

  • depressing.

  • He was right, too, Vegas was fun.

  • Sure, we were professional all the time, but there was a buzz in Vegas and at times you

  • couldn't not be transfixed by those bright lights and that electric atmosphere.

  • That's the thing, though, the bright lights mask something malign underneath.

  • Vegas puts a spell on people, and as you guys know, spells can turn out bad.

  • The Vegas hex leads a man into temptation, and that can be ruinous.

  • I've seen it many times.

  • If you think you can take on Vegas, think again.

  • Here's part of a famous song about another den of degeneracy, Bangkok, but I've changed

  • the wordBangkoktoVegas.”

  • It fits both cities perfectly, and I know that, 'cos I've spent a long time in both

  • places.

  • One night in Vegas makes a hard man humble Not much between despair and ecstasy

  • One night in Vegas and the tough guys tumble Can't be too careful with your company

  • I can feel the devil walking next to me.”

  • The hedonism can't last forever.

  • What goes up, must come down, and let me tell you, people fly really high in Vegas and sometimes

  • they just drop from that great heightfiguratively, and literally.

  • The IED thing was bad enough, but every single night we ended up breaking up fights.

  • Alcohol flows like water in Vegas, which is good for the casinos because drunk guys don't

  • make the best gamblers, but out in the streets it's the security that has to clean up the

  • mess.

  • One time we got there too late.

  • Some ladies of the night had been arguing in the street, which doesn't look good for

  • business so me and my American colleague went over to try and initiate some peace talks.

  • We were only a few feet away when one of the women just stabbed another right in the neck.

  • We tried to staunch the blood loss but that woman died right in front of us.

  • She couldn't have been older than 21.

  • It turned out that they'd been arguing about some money owed, to the amount of 20 bucks.

  • One person dead and another with no doubt a long prison sentence and all because of

  • a few bucks.

  • Inside the casinos people get loud and sometimes violent, and throwing them out is pretty much

  • an everyday thing.

  • And no, it's not like in the movieCasino” …we don't put guy's heads in vices or

  • beat them within an inch of their life, but you have to get rough with some dudes only

  • because if you don't they might hurt you or someone else.

  • One of the worst things was the number of heart attacks.

  • Yep, when gambling is mixed with booze and sometimes the devil's dandruff, and you've

  • got a whole load of unhealthy people in those casinos, you get a lot of people just falling

  • to the ground.

  • But get this, the policy is you have to give them CPR until the paramedics get there.

  • Even if the person has actually died, and I mean gone, not coming back, finitoyou

  • have to keep up appearances and keep plugging away on them.

  • The reason is it looks better for hotels and casinos when bodies are not just lying on

  • the floor.

  • It's up to us security guys to make it look like there is hope.

  • Strange eh, it sounds more like Hollywood.

  • And let me tell you, it's also really exhausting.

  • You just wouldn't believe how many people collapse in Vegas.

  • You could make a movie about it and call it Collapse, although I think that's the name

  • of a dark documentary film.

  • Maybe it should be called, “Heart Attack City.”

  • The reason of course for all the collapsing, or at least one major reason, is a big win

  • or a big loss can have an effect on the heart.

  • I never witnessed this myself, but I heard stories of people winning really big on the

  • slot machines, jumping for joy, and then collapsing and dying.

  • That's the downside to an adrenaline rush.

  • The irony of that is of course kinda funny, but it's not funny for that person's family.

  • Can you imagine the coroner filling in the details on the form.

  • Cause of Death: Jackpot.”

  • It happens more often than you would think.

  • One of the darker aspects of this is while security might be doing CPR, some patrons

  • might be watching in shock, but other avid gamblers remain engrossed in their game.

  • Such is the power of money.

  • As for some really strange things, well, listen to this.

  • One time that magician Chris Angel was in town and we were working as part of a security

  • team where he was performing.

  • We'd been informed that a young woman had been stalking Angel, and while that can be

  • harmless, it can be pretty scary for the celebrity.

  • Rarely do stalkers kill or attack their obsession, but it's happened.

  • Anyway, we were aware this young stalker was staying in one of the high-rise hotels and

  • so we were just keeping an eye on things.

  • This hotel had a lobby area and you could see right up to the high floors from there.

  • I will never know why she did it, but that stalker jumped from her floor and landed right

  • in the lobby area.

  • It was not a pretty sight of course, but it wasn't the first 'jumper' my colleague

  • and I had seen in Vegas.

  • But the thing was, she'd jumped right in the middle of the afternoon.

  • The lobby was packed.

  • She didn't hit anyone, but let me tell you, some of those families that had traveled halfway

  • across the world to see the that famous city had a bit of shock.

  • On another occasion some suspicious looking guys had booked into a room and it turned

  • out that the authorities had been watching those men.

  • We were tasked with entering their room when the guys were away, and what we saw surprised

  • even us.

  • That was a bunch of weapons and explosives.

  • The most disturbing part was they had videos of US, well, us and other security.

  • The surveillance team had been surveilled.

  • Those guys were planning some kind of attack and we were part of the people that prevented

  • that from happening, so you could say that I got more job satisfaction from that than

  • manhandling a drunk guy out of a casino because he'd thrown a chip at a dealer's face.

  • The drunks and the crazies weren't always all that bad.

  • Sometimes they'd win big and if it was Christmas or New Year those guys might try and give

  • you a huge tip.

  • On one accession, I kid you not, a guy tried to give me $10,000.

  • I didn't take it, only because I saw that this guy was not in his right mind and it

  • wouldn't have been ethical of me to take that cash.

  • Another thing that isn't so bad is the fact quite a lot of women seem to be attracted

  • to security guys.

  • Both me and my partner you could say are fairly good-looking, but I think it was more the

  • fact we were security that attracted a lot of women.

  • Vegas is full of sharks and hustlers, and we are the good guys.

  • My buddy at the time was a fairly good MMA fighter and a former college wrestling star.

  • I'm a purple belt in jujitsu and got to a certain standard in Thai boxing that I fought

  • at Bangkok's famous Lumpinee (lum-pee-nee) stadium.

  • We were always professional and we never bullied or unnecessarily hurt anyone, but let me tell

  • you, if tough guys did try and take us on, they didn't get very far.

  • One consequence of this was sometimes it would catch the eye of women who'd seen us save

  • the day.

  • Security guys these days don't exactly look like Joe Pesci.

  • As for those women of the night, well, every night we saw them strut around the hotels

  • and casinos.

  • There's nothing wrong with that and we often chatted with the girls.

  • Most of them were cool and we got along fine, but when it came to their customers there

  • were a few rules they had to follow.

  • One rule of course is don't cause trouble with a guy in the casino, and if the girl

  • wants to take her 68-year old poker champion out of the casino then do whatever you have

  • to do in a room... not an elevator, or a car, or a corridor.

  • Unfortunately, that rule is not always followed.

  • Oh, some of the things I have seen in Vegas would make Charlie Sheen blush.

  • Some of those girls you could say don't always tow the line and I can tell you that

  • many guys get done over in Vegas.

  • You have to remember that Vegas is a place where some guys might be carrying really fat

  • wallets.

  • If a person has won big there just might be a girl who had been watching his good fortune.

  • He is now the prey and he is going to be hunted.

  • Those girls don't just want to sell him a service; they want ALL his winnings.

  • The oldest trick in the book is to give them a spiked drink that will knock them out.

  • This happens all over the world where there are red light districts, and in Vegas I had

  • to go through CCTV footage a few times after some married man had embarrassingly fallen

  • for this scam.

  • It never happened on my watch, but guys have actually died when the woman went overboard

  • with the sleeping drugs she slipped into the drink.

  • Then of course there are times when the women of the night are the victims and I can't

  • tell you how many times I've had to remove a drunk guy from a room after he'd become

  • not such a nice guy.

  • That kind of thing happens all the time, but without any doubt the strangest thing that

  • ever happened to me was when I was called to a room because a man was causing a disturbance.

  • I was informed that he was in the room with a woman and they were screaming and fighting.

  • When I got there the guy was wearing a chicken costume.

  • If that wasn't weird enough, when I asked what the problem was both the man and woman

  • became aggressive towards me.

  • The chicken actually lunged at me and started throwing punches while the woman was trying

  • to hit me with a bedside lamp.

  • I said, OK, I'm out of here.

  • I'm guessing the guy was part of a bachelor party and I'm guessing both he and the woman

  • had been taking illegal substances.

  • That kind of thing is all in the night's work, but being attacked by a prostitute and

  • a giant chicken was pretty far out.

  • I could go on and on, 'cos you basically see weird things nightly in Vegas.

  • Unfortunately, a lot of the stories are depressing because Las Vegas sees quite a lot of suicides

  • and violence, but for the most part, people just act stupid in that city.

  • That's why everyone says what happens there stays there.

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