A Las Vegas man committed suicide after being banned from a buffet that had awarded him with free lifetime meals, and now a rambling video suicide note is shedding light on the bizarre act.
The man, 53-year-old John Noble, committed suicide inside the buffet on Easter Sunday, shooting himself in the head with a handgun in front of patrons and staff. The story made headlines nationwide, and now documents and video released by a local newspaper is offering more understanding of the protest.
The suicide was part of a battle stretching more than two years. Female employees of the M Resort Spa Casino had accused Noble of giving unwanted attention, leading the buffet to ban him in 2013. Noble lashed out, posting harassing messages on Facebook and threatening suicide on Easter Sunday 2013, which led to him spending three days in a state psychiatric ward.
It now appears that John Noble was prepared to continue the fight the casino even after his death. One day after Noble’s casino buffet suicide, the Las Vegas Review-Journal received 270 pages of documents from Noble and a two-hour DVD explaining his struggles and his reason for turning to suicide.
The newspaper published a portion of the video in which Noble said he was wronged by the casino buffet.
“Nobody will help me,” Noble said. “You’ve got to fight for what you believe in, and I believe I was unjustifiably kicked out.”
Noble, stammering at times, went on to say that it was the casino’s fault that their employees talked to him.
“If they do have a police that team members are not allowed to fraternize with the customers and guests, then they broke the policy,” he said.
But the casino workers had painted a different story. A woman who worked there accused Noble of stalking her and threatening to kill himself, leading her to call police. He was ultimately placed in protective custody.
John Noble tried to reach out at the time, contacting local media outlets and even meeting with a Review-Journal reporter.
As the Review-Journal noted after Noble’s suicide, at the time he appeared to be paranoid:
“Noble was nervous, particularly when he saw Metro officers walk into the coffee shop. He wanted to avoid them overhearing his conversation with the reporter. Noble continued to attack the resort and its employees on social media, posting photos and personal information about them, including their home addresses, right up until his death.”
But Noble thought he could still win over the casino buffet employees, and was dismayed when they did not take up his cause.
“That’s the trouble — people do not get involved,” he says in the video. “That’s why this world is so screwed up. Have a little decency, people. Some people are reaching out for help and they don’t get it.”
After the buffet suicide, the casino was forced to close for a time. It is now offering grief counseling to its employees.
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