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How did the shooter get weapons into the Mandalay Bay?

This seems to keep coming up so let’s address it.

While it may seem strange, delivering heavy items to a hotel is a normal activity. In particular, the Mandalay Bay has a gigantic convention center and there are big items coming and going all the time. If someone was dragging a crate through the lobby, about the only thing that would trigger any interest is if a bellman happened to notice and saw the possibility of a good tip!

The Mandalay Bay has a FedEx Business Center on the property. Here are rates for packages delivered to guests at the hotel:

0.0-1.0 lbs. $7.00 $10.00
1.1 – 10.0 lbs. $10.00 $15.00
10.1-20.0 lbs. $15.00 $25.00
20.1 – 30.0 lbs. $20.00 $30.00
30.1 – 40.0 lbs. $25.00 $35.00
40.1 – 50.0 lbs. $30.00 $40.00
50.1 – 75.0 lbs. $40.00 $50.00
75.1 -100.0 lbs. $50.00 $60.00
100.1 & over* $0.75 / lb. ($250.00 Minimum) $0.75 / lb. ($250.00 Minimum)


If he wanted to ship ten 100.1 pound boxes to FedEx, it would cost him about $750 plus the shipping cost which might be another $1,000 if that.

So how to get it to the suite? FedEx will bring it to you!

FedEx Office will complete delivery or pickup of packages to guest suites at Mandalay Bay LV Resort. FedEx Office is not authorized to leave packages in guest suites that are not occupied. A guest with authorization to sign for the delivery and approve any charges for handling and delivery fees must be present in the suite.

Packages will be available for pickup inside the FedEx Office business center (receiving fee will apply). Pallets, crates, display cases and other heavier items may be scheduled for delivery by contacting our staff at the number located on the previous page (delivery fee will apply).

I have no idea whether that’s how Paddock got the weapons into the hotel. However, as a local and someone with money, he most certainly knew that no one needs to carry anything around a hotel if they don’t want to!

As a matter of fact, he could well have called the front desk and said “Good afternoon, this is Stephen Paddock. I’m staying in a suite on the 32nd floor in a few days and will need to have some heavy boxes brought to my room. Is it best just to send them FedEx?”

Tap, tap, tap.

“Oh, Mr. Paddock! I’m glad you’ll be spending more time with us! I hope you enjoyed your last stay. And, please, just send the boxes to FedEx with your room number and date of arrival.”

What you have to realize is moving lots of stuff in a hotel/convention area is normal and happens each and every day. It is normal for 1,000 pounds of stuff to be delivered to a suite. It might be somewhat unusual but Las Vegas is all about making the unusual normal!

Would someone inquire about why Mr. Paddock has so much stuff? NOT IF THEY WANT TO KEEP THEIR JOBS! It’s none of their damn business particularly for a local who probably knew the pit bosses by name and might well have had a favorite dealer who knew his name.

How about if he didn’t want to let the packages out of his sight? Easy enough! Drive a van up with the ten boxes in it, give the Bell Captain $50 and ask him to martial some help. A couple hundred bucks later and everything is in the suite.

How about if he doesn’t want anyone to touch the packages? Put everything in golf bags and bring it up one bag at a time. Take your time, play a couple hands of video poker, have a drink in the bar, get another bag, repeat until done.

What if someone notices? So what? He was probably identified as a regular by casino security right off the bat. If anyone noticed, about the only thing that might happen is someone would go offer to help since a tired gambler doesn’t spend as much money!

I was once at a convention in Caesars and was walking through the casino with the CFO of the company I worked for at the time. All of the sudden we were surrounded by people in suits and I looked at the CFO who had his head in his hand saying “Oh, no . . .” Scared the bejesus out of me! The suits parted and a man stepped forward with a huge smile. “Mr. Jackson! We are so pleased you’re back with us at Caesar’s! I’ve set you up with the usual $50,000 credit limit. I trust that will be sufficient. And we’d be pleased to make the Presidential Suite available to you.”

It was one of those moments of clarity where you realize that people with money move in circles we can perhaps only imagine. Steven Paddock wasn’t a “whale” (a high roller) but he certainly knew he was probably the last person on earth who’d attract undue attention at the Mandalay Bay with something other than “do you need another drink, Mr. Paddock?”

Mark Rosneck

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