- The Washington Times - Friday, June 7, 2013

A man who tried to commit suicide outside the NBC “Today” studios at Rockefeller Center during the show’s Thursday broadcast was distraught over a $1.3 million bill from the Internal Revenue Service, authorities said.

Pak Chong Mar, 72, sliced his wrists with a boxcutter as the cameras rolled inside, about 7:50 a.m., The New York Post reported. He screamed in the process, The Post said, “The IRS is trying to take my money. I’m not a freeloader.”

A security guard tackled the man, who nonetheless was able to cut himself deep enough to spill blood on the streets.

“I saw him take slice after slice. I saw the blood gushing,” said one witness in The Post. “The first thing I thought about was that soldier in London, and I thought, ‘Oh my God, this is happening.’ “

Mr. Mar had been trying to distribute a notice about his IRS issue, but nobody would take it, The Post said.

The note stated that the federal government was about to seize almost $1 million from his bank account — and that was on top of the $300,000 it already grabbed, The Post reported.

The note read — with grammatical and spelling errors included — that “IRS ruin our lifes … I can’t fight the IRS buracracy without the public put pressure on them. Thank you,” The Post reported.

Mr. Mar is reportedly in the hospital, but his condition is not known.



Click to Read More

Click to Hide