(VIDEO) 82-Year-Old Miami-Dade Woman Kicked Off Metrorail Train for Singing Hymns

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  • MIAMI — The mayor of Miami-Dade County has apologized to an 82-year-old woman who was kicked off a Metrorail train for singing.

    The Miami Herald reports Emma Anderson was singing religious hymns and making noise on the train Feb. 20 when she ignored a warning from a security guard to quiet down.

    A cell phone video taken by a fellow passenger shows the guard physically removing Anderson from the train at a station. Anderson fell as she struggled with the guard for her rolling suitcase.

    Mayor Carlos Gimenez issued an apology to Anderson this week.

    Miami-Dade Transit also issued a statement saying county rules prohibit anyone from “singing, dancing or playing a musical instrument” unless they have a commercial permit. Transit spokeswoman Karla Damian says Anderson’s singing was causing a disturbance.

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    31 thoughts on “(VIDEO) 82-Year-Old Miami-Dade Woman Kicked Off Metrorail Train for Singing Hymns

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    2. Sometimes in life you have to use your own judgement regardless of the law and this is one of those occasions. There is no way under any circumstances that I am going to disturb much less pull an 82 year old woman off a train for singing a Gospel song. I heard her on the video she was not loud and I have heard conversations on trains between people that were much too loud but could not say anything, it is a public train and is not expected to be silent. This was totally unnecessary and more than likely racially motivated. But Grandma told them right ” it gonna be a whole lot more noise than this when Jesus comes.”

    3. my classmate’s sister makes $60 hourly on the computer. She has been out of a job for 9 months but last month her check was $18211 just working on the computer for a few hours. Here’s the site to read more… http://tinyurl.com/dfds87b

    4. we Haven’t seen nothing Y
      et ! how in the World can a person Treat this 82yr Old Woman with So Much Disrespect ? , Oh I Forgot ….this is the Rosa Park version in 2013 . .. MAM, I’M SO SORRY YOU HAD TO BE TREATED THIS WAY GOD BLESS…..FOLK YOU BETTER TAKE HEED TO WHAT’S HAPPENING ..WE ARE IN THE LAST DAYS

    5. Aww I feel sorry for her…I know how she feels…my kids tell me to shut up too..because my voice isn’t all that happy go lucky…Lol..so I can only imagine how Mrs. Anderson voice may have sounded..maybe it was good..I think people don’t hymns much anymore there lie’s the problem.

    6. @ Diamond Tail
      Ain’t no doubt about it there’s a special place in hell for those who mistreat the elderly, hopefully the security guard will repent before he exits this earth towards the afterlife.

      @ Rita
      Surely Miami-Dade County has an organization within its boundaries that can advocate on Emma Anderson’s behalf. Rev. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton don’t have to be running all over the country as if they’re firefighters putting out this racial fire and that racial fire.

      @mqniquemo
      Had there been green or purple people on the metrorail train and security guard stepped to them like he did to this senior citizen, they would have slimed him or hit him with a stun ray. I’ve seen the tv shows and the movies, them people don’t take no mess.

    7. He could have asked her to hold it down that the driver was being disturbed and needed to drive. He could have told her about a MP3 player and told her that the driver has asked for her to be removed and that he did not want to do that. Whatever he had to do he had no right touching her persoanl things and draging her off that train. She fell and everything. He has every right to quiet her but he had not right to touch her like that. If it had been Pookie and Ray Ray, or Tyrone he would not have touched them brothers! I have seen it! He would have called the police. Punk AZZ!

    8. I agree with MOST of You …there was a MUCH BETTER WAY to HANDLE this…AND THAT WAS NOT IT!!!! I can ASSURE YOU He would not have handled his mother like that nor allowed anyone else to do so…nor any of his employers. This Is an INJUSTICE TO ALL..because it is simply being dealt with as a “slap on the wrist”, What if it was YOU..or Your Family Member? No one else said “the singing” was excessively LOUD” but the Driver, the one recording it didn’t even complain…but apparently had a problem with what was being done to this elderly woman. We tend to overlook facts but Im sorry .. Don’t think we are ALL Blind….! And like someone else wrote…the Talking on these trains EXCEDE VOLUME LEVELS that a mp3, cell phone, or vocal chord COULD NOT DROWN OUT!!!!!!!

      • THIS WAS ANOTHER RACIAL ATTACT HAD NOTHING TO DO WIYH RULES I FEEL SORRY FOR THE IGNORACE GOD HAS THE FINAL SAY ON THIS JUST WAIT HE WILL WISH HE NEVER DID IT

    9. I don’t care if she was doing the Harlem Shake…..HE DIDN’T HAVE TO PUT HIS HANDS ON HER LIKE HE DID!!!!!!! He better be glad I wasn’t there to see that!!! my mom just passed at 84 and I would have (in my mind) seen her and it would have been on!!!!
      I willing to bet, if it was a young MAN singing or playing loud music he wouldn’t have put his hand on them…..he would have called the police!!!! Like he should have done!!!!!
      I also bet that it’s a crime to attack or harm transit workers…….where’s the law that makes it a crime for transit workers to harm passengers??????

    10. At the age of 82 the driver should have just ignored her unless someone else was complaining. This day and time we should all be glad that she had the present of her mind to sing holy songs instead of cursing people out. I never get tired of hearing someone sing goseple music it is better than some of the music that is being played today when you can’t even repeat the words. I think this driver saw her as Ms Parks was seen so many years ago when she didn’t give up her seat, He needs to do more than apology to her and think that could have been his mother singing.

    11. He was an Asshole; no matter what , he should have had her excused off by the Policeman instead of pulling her off the train like he did I feel he needs to be Reprimand for his Actions. Just mistreat Black Americans like we are Dogs / or worst than that Kicking a Can.

    12. although he handled this waaaaaay wrong, you cant disturb the peace in public- black white yellow green purple- i dont want to be bothered with all that noise on my way to/from work!!!!!! #ijs

        • you should be a total shame of your dumb comments you need God in your life!! go to the nearest church get on your dam knees and ask God to forgive you you are a total mess what if it was your moms 2 82 yrs old dumb ass!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!hope like hell you will make i even close to this black mother sweet and kind lady grow up befor it’s too late you sound just like t hoses young as shoe with no respect for their elders

        • BLACK NIGGERS LIKE YOU WE ALL CAN DO WITHOUT YOUR OPTION11
          KEEP YOUR MOUTH CLOSE YOUNG STUPID AND DUMB SHAME,SHAME ON YOU YOU HAVE THE DAM NERVES TO EVEN SHOW YOUR UGLY FACE!!!!THEY SHOULD POST YOUR FACE ON THE BROAD OF SHAME AND ASS HOE’S

      • There’s a special place in hell for those who mistreat the elderly. and even t hoses who are in agreement like you devil so called black sister nigger,,,,,,negro i don’t know which one best fits you fuck it you are them both

      • Apparently you don’t know God for you of all people should love gospel if not you should try it, maybe you are not black cause I don’t know of anyone saying, “I don’t want to hear that noise coming home from work, dummie did you not complete your day still living, you didn’t take time out to praise him or sing a song to yourself, or thank him who bought u threw the day, & certainly u don’t pray to have said something like that, but thats your character pitiful”,I bet you don’t even attend any church just another sinner,who needs songs but turning a deaf ear on God’s songs, you need prayer silly, pray that God forgive you on what you have said. my, do my eyes see you here my perception is that you look like a man.

      • I know you didn’t just say that, you don’t wanna be bothered, it wasn’t the fact of the color of her skin Mqniquemo. It seems to me for you to make such a statement shows your disrespect for the elderly and that is pretty sad that your that into yourself that you feel that she was wrong. You must not have anyone around your life that is up in age that you would go to bat for if you witness this, well probably not and if you feel that way about it than just wait, keep living and one day you’ll be old maybe if you your blessed to live that long. I work in legal field and I pray that her son sue’s the hell out of this company.
        She was simply singing and you’ve got people talking to one another on cell phones if allowed but the point everyone is making is the way she was thrown off the damn train and the fact that she is 82.
        Where is your passion, heart or just plain old kindness???

    13. I never want to visit Florida because whether you’re young and black with a hoodie or old and black with a cane you still can’t catcha break. SMH.

    14. Where is her freedom of speech? Was she loud and did anyone but the driver have a problem with it? In this day and time everyone should be sing and humming religious hymns….

      • Kay, I can’t believe you would state such an ignorant statement as she broke the law. How many people break the law everyday and don’t get dragged of the train. She did not break the law it is a train rule and an intelligent individual would know the difference.

    15. she broke the law. its the same if someone was singing rap really loud, they would get thrown off. The elderly have to respect the people, laws, just like everyone else. I have knocked out of the way be elderly people, pushed, shoved however I would never do that to them, or anyone for that matter. He was wrong for physically dragging her off, but when he asked, she have removed herself.

      • FIRST OF ALL YOU ARE A FUCKING COWARD SHOW YOUR FACE TO WHAT YOU SAY
        BLACK NIGGERS LIKE YOU WE ALL CAN DO WITHOUT YOUR OPTION11
        KEEP YOUR MOUTH CLOSE YOUNG STUPID AND DUMB SHAME,SHAME ON YOU YOU HAVE THE DAM NERVES TO EVEN SHOW YOUR UGLY FACE!!!!THEY SHOULD POST YOUR FACE ON THE BROAD OF SHAME AND ASS HOE’S

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