Confessions of a Casino Security Guard: Trapped


As a security guard for the Trump Taj Mahal I once spent almost seven hours locked in a walk-in closet only to find myself fired and a wanted criminal when I was freed.

The night in question, I was assigned to be the hotel rover. This meant I would spend the night walking every floor and stairwell in the 23-floor structure. I was to look for guests in distress, messes that needed to be cleaned up and homeless vagrants. The first two responsibilities were obvious; looking for homeless people was another matter. In winter, as the temperatures outside dropped, the number of homeless people looking for a warm place to sleep increased. Usually they would inhabit the bus waiting area or hotel lobby, getting roused by security every few hours but then finding their way back. If you were the lobby rover, it was how you spent most of your shift in winter.