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Elderly Woman Thrown off Train for Singing

Posted on the 08 March 2013 by Real Talk @talkrealdebate2012

Emma AndersonEmma Anderson, 82, was dragged off a Florida Metro train because she was causing too much noise.  The viral video (below) shows a security guard pull Anderson’s bag so hard that the woman falls onto the train platform.  An x-ray later would show that she suffered a bruised hip and shoulder.

A spokesperson for Miami-Dade Transit said:

“The elderly passenger, Ms. Anderson, who was escorted from a Metrorail train, was initially asked by a security guard to refrain from singing loudly and playing an instrument while on the train.  She refused to comply.”

Singing, dancing or playing an instrument are prohibited without permit on the trains.

The spokesperson added:

Ms. Anderson’s singing was causing a disturbance to other passengers and impeding important train announcements from being heard. We regret that Ms. Anderson had to eventually be escorted out, but regardless of age, all passengers need to abide by the rules associated with using transit.” 

The Anderson family said they have hired an attorney and plan to pursue legal action for their mother’s injuries.

If it is true that the Ms. Anderson refused to stop singing then I can understand why she was asked to leave the train.  HOWEVER, there is no reason to EVER escort a person off a train, especially an 82-year-old woman, in that rough manner.  That is what I take offense to.  I think she should sue and I think she will probably win.

What do you think?

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