Emma Anderson (pictured), 82, was reportedly dragged off of the Miami Metrorail train system last month for allegedly singing religious hymns too loudly, according to WSVN 7 News.
The incident involving the octogenarian occurred on February 20th and was captured via a passenger’s cell phone video. The footage shows Anderson sitting in the corner seat of a railcar obliviously singing religious tunes and rhythmically tapping to them on her thigh with a rolled-up piece of paper.
An unnamed security guard spotted the senior, approached her, and repeatedly asked her to quiet down. Anderson continued to ignore the guard’s request. As the train stopped at Brikell station, the guard then grabbed Anderson’s cart roughly while Anderson tried to hold on for dear life.
The security guard then proceeded to drag both the cart and fragile old woman off the train. As the guard dragged Anderson along with her cart, roughshod, out of the railcar, Anderson fell on the platform.
Watch Anderson being dragged out of the railcar here:
According to a Miami-Dade County transit spokesperson, Karla Damian, the agency enforces a strict policy that no dancing, singing, or instrument playing is allowed on their railcars. The agency also released a public statement with regards to the Anderson incident:
We regret that Ms. Anderson had to eventually be escorted out, but regardless of age, all passengers need to abide by rules associated with using transit.