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An elderly woman, aged 82, was kicked off of a Miami-area train for singing hymns while traveling.
Emma Anderson was removed from the Miami-Dade Metrorail by a guard for reportedly making “too much noise.”
Anderson told Miami’s Local 10, "I was beating my little beads with the bottle and I was singing a song, and he came up to me and said, 'Ma'am, you're making too much noise.'"
She added, "He said, 'You gotta get off this train.'"
A passenger had recorded the entire situation on their cell phone, posting it online. The guard comes over to Anderson and pulls on her bag, to which she responded by clinging on to it tightly. She was then removed from the train.
“When I look at them snatching my 82-year-old mother up off that Metrorail, it's disgusting to me,” said Anderson’s son, Donald Anderson. They should've had another way of removing her out instead of dragging her off.”
The Miami-Dade Metrorail spokesperson has since responded to the story, saying in a statement “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.”
The statement continued, “She refused to comply. County rules associated with transit use prohibit anyone from singing, dancing or playing a musical instrument unless a commercial permit is issued by MDT. Further, 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 Sun-Sentinel reports the family has hired a lawyer and filed a police report on the matter.