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Elderly Woman Kicked Off Train For Singing Gospel Hymns [Video]

Elderly Woman Kicked Off Train For Singing Gospel Hymns

An elderly woman was kicked off a train for singing gospel hymns in Miami. Emma Anderson, age 82, was forced off the Miami Metrorail when she refused to stop singing.

A fellow passenger recorded the incident on a cell phone. Anderson can be heard calling out for help as the guard grabbed her suitcase and attempted to escort her from the train.

Anderson was not ready to get off the train and initially refused to leave. With the guard holding the suitcase handle and Anderson holding the other end, the two got into a tug-of-war match.

Eventually, Anderson lost her footing and was yanked across the train car by the guard. The woman fell backwards, landing on her shoulder. Her luggage can be seen bursting open, the contents spilling across the floor. Passengers were outraged. One of the witnesses can be heard asking the guard for his name and telling him that his treatment of the woman was inappropriate.

As discussed by the Huffington Post, Miami-Dade Transit responded to the elderly woman being kicked off the train by releasing a statement. The statement explained that the transit system has rules and regulations meant to account for the comfort of all passengers. One of the rules is that passengers must not sing or play loud music that may disturb other passengers or interfere with broadcast announcements.

By singing, Anderson was in violation of this rule, according to the statement. The rule violation led to the guard asking her to stop. The statement continues, stating that the guard did not attempt to physically escort her from the train until she refused to follow his directions.

As discussed by WSVN, Anderson contacted authorities to report the incident. She and her son are reportedly in the process of contacting an attorney about filing a lawsuit. The elderly woman was kicked off the train but has not lost her spirit or her love for gospel music.

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108 Responses to “Elderly Woman Kicked Off Train For Singing Gospel Hymns [Video]”

  1. Collin Vincent

    Welcome to the new USSRofA….This once proud country has lost it's way….

  2. Susan Watts

    that's about right Collin. when we can't even sing, that really sucks.

  3. Mark Losben

    I don't think she should have been kicked off the train but I should also have the right to sing devil worship songs and other even less popular songs on the train as well.

  4. Patricia Owens

    maybe transit doesn't like gospel, and we should boycott them lord knows we need something to keep our spirt up keep on singing hun.

  5. Patricia Owens

    maybe transit doesn't like gospel, and we should boycott them lord knows we need something to keep our spirt up keep on singing hun.

  6. Barbara Romaine

    if he even put a finger on her, she should have a good lawsuit – no one has the right to touch another and I'm sure she wasn't yelling her tunes.

  7. Barbara Romaine

    if he even put a finger on her, she should have a good lawsuit – no one has the right to touch another and I'm sure she wasn't yelling her tunes.

  8. Mark Losben

    So she's lawyering up. god does work in mysterious ways. What a hypocrite.

  9. Mary Wade

    UNBELIEVEABLE…my mom is 87 and if she wants to sing then SHE can sing…I cammot say out loud what I think of this…I AM FIRED UP..

  10. Kimberley Zellmer

    I just love how this is being twisted into being about religion when it is clearly about a defiant old woman who thinks she's above the rules. Follow the rules or be kicked off the train. It's really that simple. This is not about religion, or age or race or anything else.

  11. Doug Fraley

    Maybe if everyone had started singing? This is just ludicrous. Not many people use common sense any more.

  12. Lisa Decker

    If other passengers were outraged, she obviously wasn't bothering anyone. If this had been my mother or grandmother that guard would be visiting the ER. She was 82 for heavens sake! Obviously common sense isn't a job requirement.

  13. Eva Bonnes

    This seems to me about being obnoxious… anyone can be obnoxious and being 82 doesn't mean it's suddenly ok, Kim, I think you are right, if she was singing something else perhaps this wouldn't have made the news.

  14. Elizabeth Michelle Taylor

    dafuq yo? Did she know that rule before boarding the train? If she didn't know then he should've just given her a warning, maybe she refused because she didn't know it was rule. :/ anyways regardless of rules, you don't ever treat an elderly like that they've lived too long and been through a lot to be treated like that. Shame on that man, I would've held her hand and sung with her!

  15. Amy DeLucca

    what a joke she was singing! but when people r being robbed or beaten or worse them rent- a-cops r no where! hope that guards gramma hits him with her shoe!

  16. Katie Plese

    If it were a young black or hispanic male singing hip-hop, would people be rushing to their defense? I agree that this woman felt "above" the rules. For all anyone knows, she was "baiting" the system in order to profit from a lawsuit-

  17. Sandra Megyesi-Hallas

    If she was singing to herself and not so loud as to over shadow the announcements, then what is the problem? And if she can over shadow announcements then she has one heck of a set of lungs! Was it because she was singing religious songs? Did a passenger complain? And yes, I don't think she should have defied the request but she was just singing! Do they throw children who sing or cry off the train like this? And, heaven help me, I tend to hum softly when I'm in waiting mode. Better not ride with this train service! I just see no reason to "man handle" a customer. It seems she was passing the time until she got where she was going. This was entirely inappropriate on the part of the company. The employee needs to be retrained in how to better handle "rule breaking". That much "force" is way out of line. Too bad all the passengers didn't just start singing along with the woman. It would have been a fun trip for everyone.

  18. Katie Plese

    If it were a young black or hispanic male singing hip-hop, would people be rushing to their defense? I agree that this woman felt "above" the rules. For all anyone knows, she was "baiting" the system in order to profit from a lawsuit-

  19. Jamie Snow

    I cannot believe anyone would put their hands on a elderly woman or person. I am sure and from the sounds of the story she was not disturbing anyone. The only issue lies with the man that put his hands upon her. Sounds like other passengers was not disturbed by her what so ever. And what is wrong with gospel songs? I rather here someone sing about My Lord, then hear someone mubbling and rapping and calling women b***h this or n***a that… It is really sad that this woman was mistreated over singing. He had no right putting his hands on her, He is lucky I wasn't there cause I would have taken her suitcase and knocked upside his head.

  20. Katie Plese

    If it were a young black or hispanic male singing hip-hop, would people be rushing to their defense? I agree that this woman felt "above" the rules. For all anyone knows, she was "baiting" the system in order to profit from a lawsuit-

  21. Ted Carey

    Rules are rules. It doesn't matter what age you are. I wouldn't want to have to hear that on a train, bus, etc. The family is probably crying racism too. Follow the rules and nothing will happen to you.

  22. Katie Plese

    If it were a young black or hispanic male singing hip-hop, would people be rushing to their defense? I agree that this woman felt "above" the rules. For all anyone knows, she was "baiting" the system in order to profit from a lawsuit-

  23. Carol Snyder

    Kimberly and Eva, you two are idiots, what harm was she doing by singing. this country is turning into a hellhole where everything is against the rules. If someone had complained that's another story but since no one did then leave the woman alone. and he had no right to drag her across the car. what if she had broken a hip or arm when she fell. I'm glad I'm not your parent. I hate most people who file lawsuits but she should file one for physical abuse

  24. Sandra Megyesi-Hallas

    Absolutely! If (s)he was not so loud that the announcements couldn't be heard, then let him sing even if I don't much care for hip hop. (Then again, Opera singers probably could interfere with the announcements! They have quite a set of lungs on them!!) The problem was the amount of FORCE used. Very inappropriate to use on any customer but downright dangerous to use on someone very old or very young.

  25. Elizabeth Michelle Taylor

    Katie that's a good way to put it too, but is it really that worth it for the elderly to do that? Even if it were for her kids, I'm sure they're grown adults who know how to make money. AND ANYTHING GOING THROUGH GOVERNMENT FROM FILING A LAWSUIT TO WHATEVER IS A PAIN IN THE ASS so idk why anyone would want to put up with that.

  26. Matthew Duncan

    On one hand, Metrorail rules are posted clearly, much like MARTA posts their rules and laws on the trains and buses. On the other hand, that's way too much force to be used on any person.

  27. Alexandra Coombs

    In my mind this is a touchy issue. Yes I agree, that rules are created for a reason and this lady was clearly not following them. However, I can't help but wonder how far rules should go before they affect our right to free speech? I know many will roll their eyes that I brought this up as free speech can be interpreted in so many ways, but I really think it applies here…

  28. Guy Vincent

    Not necessarily true, Katie. How many people, regardless of age, go out of their way to read up on the rules and regulations of such things as 'public transportation'? For that matter, how many of the 'public transportation' institutions actually publish their rules and regulations, outside of their own personnel, for people to read? Maybe she was from out of town. Also, what about the guard/officer? Did anyone complain to him about her singing? Did he observe the surrounding passengers to see if anyone was upset or disturbed by her singing?

  29. Elizabeth Michelle Taylor

    I mean though… do you really go on Marta or any train and read the rules????? When I went on Marta I played on my phone, and listened to music while avoiding creepy people. I never read the fine print rules. AIN'T NOBODY GOT TIME FOR THAT lol :P

  30. Margaret Copley

    This should not have happened. Maybe she shouldn't have been singing (this could have been me; I sing all day and don't even pay attention to myself), but really—People are much more likely to do what you want them to do if you are nice to them. The security guy was waaaaaaaaaaaay out of line for handling her the way he did. He knocked her down? Very bad. He broke open her suitcase? Very bad. I would call that physical abuse.

  31. Teresa Sigler

    I agree Carol! Just because she didn't listen to his orders, it is not ok to drag her across the train and try to get her out the door. The SGuard is just a Satan helper. She had every right to sing the Gospel and when the Rapture happens any second, we are living in the End Times, that SGuard will be left nd he will be gnashing his teeth down to the gums of the seven year tribulation that he is going to have to go through. Phil.4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

  32. Teresa Sigler

    I agree Carol! Just because she didn't listen to his orders, it is not ok to drag her across the train and try to get her out the door. The SGuard is just a Satan helper. She had every right to sing the Gospel and when the Rapture happens any second, we are living in the End Times, that SGuard will be left nd he will be gnashing his teeth down to the gums of the seven year tribulation that he is going to have to go through. Phil.4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

  33. Teresa Sigler

    You are an idiot! She was filled with the spirit of the Lord and wanted to sing to help people realize that Jesus is coming back any second! She was witnessing and she has freedom of speech to do that!

  34. Teresa Sigler

    You are an idiot! She was filled with the spirit of the Lord and wanted to sing to help people realize that Jesus is coming back any second! She was witnessing and she has freedom of speech to do that!

  35. Matthew Duncan

    Just because a person doesn't read the rules, doesn't mean they aren't applicable to them. I don't agree with the force used to remove her from the train, but she still broke one of the rules. Did the officer's reaction fit the infraction? No. Personally I think she should have been reminded about the rule and/or politely escorted from the train. I'll be glad to debate anyone on police response.

    Rules and laws are there to keep the social contract all of us enter in to from breaking down. No offense, but had I been a MARTA police officer and had I seen you listening to music without headphones, I would have issued you a citation. I use the system regularly, and I inform MPD and station workers regularly about people selling bootleg shit on the train and playing music at the level of a jet engine.

  36. Magz Waterhouse

    The story states: "he statement continues, stating that the guard did not attempt to physically escort her from the train until she refused to follow his directions" So, by the sounds of it, he asked her to stop & when she didn't he was forced to do his job – I don't believe that he should have laid a hand on her or her suitcase due to her age, but, at what age is it 'too old' to enforce rules & laws? I would have to hurt someone if they did that to my parents or grandparents but, the rules were posted & the guard states he asked her to stop. Morally, it was wrong but….legally? UGH! Tough call!

  37. Collin Vincent

    Oh here we go…some moron has to play the "race card!" I don't think I mentioned color at all now did I?

  38. Collin Vincent

    And by the way….read the story…It doesn't mention color either!

  39. Collin Vincent

    @ Katei…Noone mentioned color…not even the writer of the story so how do YOU know she wasn't Red, Yellow, Black or White?

  40. Terri Jones

    I'd expect that kind of idiocy coming from someone from Alabama.
    Teresa, have you ever heard the addage of 'pray in one hand and shit in the other, and see which one comes true first.'
    I don't think your jesus wants to come back to have to put up with dumbasses who claim to be christian.

  41. Terri Jones

    Is it me or is Katie Plese strangely repeating herself here?
    WTF!

  42. Valencia Ricki Johnson Stroud

    This lady is 80+, singing on the train, and she's REMOVED?!?! Kimberly and Eva, obviously you two have NO RESPECT FOR THE ELDERLY, OR you never knew or loved YOUR GRANMA'….SING GRANNY…..GOD HEARS AND YOU SOUNDED GREAT!!!

  43. Carla Speer Sanders

    She shoulda been kicked off. I don't care how old she is. She was asked to stop and was made aware it wasn't allowed. Defiant old bag learned consequences in kindergarten. Shame on her!

  44. Paul Thomas Peden

    Well anytime Christianity loses some ground its a good thing. but snatchin old ladies around is not ok if they aren't being violent themselves. hot mess

  45. Sue Walsh

    She does NOT have the right to force everyone else on the train to listen to her caterwalling. The rules of the transit system are NO singing or playing instruments, period. It's that simple. She was screaming so loud she drowned out the "next station" and "now arriving" announcements. She is a selfish, ignorant woman who felt she was above the rules. I don't agree with her being roughed up but it wasn't intentional. She chose to refuse to obey the no singing rule. She chose to refuse to stop singing when told to. She chose to fight the conductor.This is all because of her poor choices. Assuming she is healthy (no dementia or mental disability) she has no excuse for her horrible behavior. It's a shame that at 82 years old she still needs to grow up.

  46. Pat Bassler

    I wonder if a young scantily clad girl would have been kicked off for making other passengers uncomfortable. I don't think so. They city of MIAMI can't get a grip on drug traffickers so they go after 82 yr. old women for singing Gospel music. THAT is offensive in MIAMI. Only stupid, young idiots would agree with what they did to her. Listen up fools, you'll be there someday yourself unless someone kicks your ass first.

  47. Becca Shanahan

    EXACTLY!!!! Remember that scene in the mall that made the roundss a few months back…ONE woman began to sing LOUDLY and they did not throw HER out..before ya know it many many people joined in!

  48. Sue Walsh

    Oh and for those screaming about the first amendment, it also states that people have the right not to have religion forced on them. That woman shoved her religion down other people's throats by refusing to stop singing. The first amendment does not give her the right to decide the no singing rule doesn't apply to her.

  49. Sue Walsh

    Here in NYC the rules are clearly posted throughout the stations and in every train car. The same is true in Boston. Ignorance of the law is no excuse, any first year law student will tell you that.

  50. Sue Walsh

    Katie, I have reported you for spamming. There is no need to post the same freaking thing over and over and over. Get a clue.

  51. Sue Walsh

    He did. He asked her to shut up multiple times. She ignored him. I am sorry the woman got hurt but I don't think the guard intended for that to happen. She is responsible too because she chose to be an idiot and fight him.

  52. Sue Walsh

    Read the story. No one put their hands on her. He grabbed her bag and told her to get off the train. She decided to be an idiot and resisted, grabbing her bag. When he tried to yank it away from her she went flying. She needs to take responsibility for her own actions here.

  53. Sue Walsh

    Being elderly doesn't give anyone the right to decide they are above the rules and scream and caterwall in a train full of other people who don't want to hear it. She behaved like a selfish brat and it's sad she is not adult enough to take responsibility for her horrible behavior.

  54. Jamie Snow

    Uhhh i don't need to re-read anything he put his hands on her stuff… he had a tug of war with her…really? She is 82 yrs old.. I still would have hit him… if i was there… regaurdless. Have respect for the elderly is what i was taught all my life… If she grabbed the bag when he grabbed it then he should have not yanked on it period.

  55. Lisa MacKenzie

    It's crazy that people think/condone hurting an 82 year old lady because she is singing. This is NOT a justifiable punishment. Half of you morons will listen and repeat venomous curse filled crap like lil wayne and niki garbage and some in front of your children but you think it is offensive an elderly singing gospel? It maybe a rule not to sing, but is it also a rule to assault elderly passengers? Also, I wonder if the guy would have put his hands on his grandmother the way he did with this lady. @Katie Plese It was an elderly black woman, so this may have had something to do with how she was treated just saying. It is really sad to see the disrespect that a lot of people have towards the elderly. Even if you deem her behavior as her being a pain in the butt, do you think she deserves to be thrown to the ground like that. What if it was your grandma? Come on now.

  56. Carolyn Lacey

    we still have to obey rules and that even goes for elderly

    . i belive it could have been handle a little different, but she was in the wrong. im a christian and believe that we too have to follow the rules. glad she was alright.

  57. Lisa MacKenzie

    It's not about religion. It's about not being able to express yourself and your human rights. It's about the elderly that are being disrespected and abused. No where in the miami transit rule book does it say you are subject to assault by a security guard if you sing. They allow all kinds of noise on the rail. No not the teens singing lil wayne explicites or the goth kid who recites morbid lyrics or the loud talking people, no, we are talking about an old lady singing gospel. What has happened to mankind?

  58. Heather Hyden

    Pure and Simple.. She disrespected the rules on the bus, its all about courtesy for others and she showed none. If no one else is allowed to play music and sing why should she? Just because its music that seems sensible doesn't make it right. I'm not making excuses for the guard however, the man handled the situation poorly and now he is paying for it.. Had it been some young kid singing to their rap music, everyone would be agreeing.. Yeah he should have been put off the bus… We talk about an old lady disrespecting the rules and all of a sudden its alright? How do you expect your kids to follow rules if you cant follow them yourself? I may not have been on this earth longer than most, but even I know better than to show disrespect like that.. Shame shame shame >.>

  59. Lisa MacKenzie

    She was a black woman. Someones grandmother. Would you want your grandma thrown to the ground like that, completely disrespected? NO! Read the whole story before you try to defend it, she is black. This is just a one sided article, and not the original story. Stop acting like race doesn't matter in situations. NO ONES grandma should be treated like that. No compassion at all? Love has escaped most peoples souls when a gospel song loudly is reason enough to be thrown to the ground and belongings scattered. All of you sound like sheople! "The rules are the rules" you sound like a programmed robot. No wonder our government/country is so screwed up right now the flock is programmed.

  60. Rebecca Ashworth Mazeau

    i personally wouldn't care what color the person was or what they was singing it singing what's so wrong with that? i would personally get a kick out of listening to someone sign even if it was bad. i agree they should've left her alone if noone was complaining.

  61. Rosemary Castro

    All these older generations are first to talk crap when younger generations don't follow rules and think they are above the rules and here is a perfect example of an older woman not following rules and being disorderly when asked to stop by the transit guard. How are younger generations supposed to behave when this is the example older generations set for them? Regardless of what she was singing it was against the rules. She is a noxious and should be ashamed of her actions. This ain't no case of Rosa Parks syndrome.

  62. Lisa MacKenzie

    I've seen the cell phone footage. Notice they mention the old ladies name but not the security guards name? And yes, she is black and that might have had something to do with how this old lady was being treated. I doubt this security guard would treat his own grandma this way, with that being said it is obvious that this guard handled this inappropriately. You don't treat people like this.

  63. Rebecca Ashworth Mazeau

    and yes Katie i would run to a young black or hispanic male defense cause that is just a stupid ass rule… and yes i'm white.that's what wrong with this country now to much racecard being played and no action… thats under freedom of speech if someone wants to sing let them maybe take the stick out of your butt and injoy the music..

  64. Mary Ann Brandys

    Bet they don't kick off older teens and young for there fowl lanquage do they.

  65. Barbara Ransom

    Kimberley I guess I'm a horrible person like you because I agree that this was about someone being rude and ignorant and thinking that the rules do not apply to them. Young or old you do not have the right to feel that you do not have to abide by set rules and regulations. I probably would have appreciated her being escorted off the train because it is annoying as hell when someone is sitting there singing like they belong in a loony bin. I have co-workers that do that and I'd like to smack them with a full bed pan.

  66. JoAnne Scarbrough

    Hey, I would have joined in too, probably almost all the people on the train would have. The bastard that" threw her off should get the shit beat out of him. Doesn't he have a Mother? Sick Fucker!

  67. Robin Barnes Nagy

    No matter the rules or whether its religion or race or whatever….the guards should NOT have put hands on her. They should have just stuck it out until she got off the train. Where is common sense these days? ISn't it better to be happy and hassle – free than to be right?

  68. Penny Wells

    Carol. If this Country, as you say is turning into a "hell hole" it is because of people like you and this lady. The rules are there. It would irritate the hell out of me to have to sit and listen to this very rude person while on public transit. I don't care what she is singing. She should have kept her mouth shut when asked too. You sound like those people who would hit a child for this very kind of behavior. She was wrong. Period…

  69. Penny Wells

    Teresa Sigler what crap. She was informed of the rules. She was in the wrong. I can't believe your "filled with the spirit of the Lord" statement. She was informed of the rules and it doesn't matter what she was singing she should have stopped. I know Christ is coming. Just not today and I do not need anyone being so rude as to shove it down my throat. I wonder what you would say if that was a black guy blaring Hip Hop in your ear. Freedom of speech is only important if you agree with what is being said at the time….

  70. Shirley Mcdonald

    I hope angels joined in around God's throne. I never hear anyone calling the police when a brunch of young people take off their pants and ride in their underwear.

  71. Robin Barnes Nagy

    The stupid guard should NOT have put hands on her. He should have been professional enough to NOT take the bait……Its about common sense!~!!!

  72. Kristen Ashley Autrey

    Did anyone think that maybe she has a touch of Demtia and she was singing something tht she enjoyed and when asks tonstopnexhibited child like behaivor of defiance(classic Demtia)Maybe she was just defying him because she didn't feel she was hurting anyone and it didn't say anyone complained.I think tht security officer had. Ana's day and took it out on her and maybe many other passengers that didn't report it.Who really knows what tht woman was thinking.Some of you are going way to far with this issue and some of you are way too upset about it.

  73. Jeff Allen

    I don't believe this is in the news because of what she was singing, but because of her refusal to stop and the guards behavior. What I find interesting though, is here is a woman singing the praises of her God, disobeying the law of the land (which is in clear violation of Christian doctrine), being physically rebellious (which I doubt her Christ would have every done) and is now going to pursue financial gain for her misbehavior. Shame on her.

  74. Dawn Wrenn

    that little old lady was probably afraid of riding that motorail. some people are you know. she was praying until she got off of that thing, fast, elevated.

  75. Deana Mohundro Cleesattel

    The guard never put his hands on her. He was trying to help her off with her luggage and she fell because she wouldn't stop fighting with her. This man was just following the rules and now he's the villain? He asked her to stop and she refused. The article states that she was disturbing other passengers. There is nothing holy about being obnoxious.

  76. Deana Mohundro Cleesattel

    The guard never put his hands on her. He was trying to help her off with her luggage and she fell because she wouldn't stop fighting with him. This man was just following the rules and now he's the villain? He asked her to stop and she refused. The article states that she was causing a disturbance. There is nothing holy about being obnoxious.

  77. Deana Mohundro Cleesattel

    Robin Barnes Nagy He didn't put his hands on her. Did you watch the video? She fell because she wouldn't quit tugging on the luggage. He was doing the best that he could with an obnoxious person who didn't care about anyone around her.

  78. Deana Mohundro Cleesattel

    The footage I saw showed the guard trying to escort her off with her luggage and she fell because she wouldn't stop tugging on it. Did I miss something? She also refused to stop when she was asked, so how is this not her fault? He never threw her anywhere.

  79. Deana Mohundro Cleesattel

    I think that freedom of speech must be modified when the people around you don't have the option of leaving. Public transportation is not the proper platform for exercising ones freedom of expression.

  80. Deana Mohundro Cleesattel

    Lisa MacKenzie He didn't throw her on the ground!! Did we see the same video? She fell because she wouldn't quit fighting him over the luggage. I never saw him once lay a hand on her. Now he might lose his job because everyone-beginning with the media- has blown this whole thing out of proportion. She was causing a disturbance and she refused to stop. She was at fault, not the guard.

  81. Robin Barnes Nagy

    Common Sense!!!! Older people need a little more empathy than the rest of us simply because of basic common sense. She is probably mentally challenged to boot. A little inconvenience is a small price for avoiding what resulted….people need to get a grip.