Mayor Apologizes After Elderly Woman Kicked Off Train For Singing

MIAMI (March 8, 2013)—Carlos Gimenez, the mayor of Miami-Dade County in Florida, apologized to an 82-year-old woman who was kicked off a Metrorail train for singing.

Emma Anderson was singing hymns and making noise on the train on 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 passengers from "singing, dancing or playing a musical instrument" unless they have commercial permits.

Transit spokeswoman Karla Damian said Anderson's singing was causing a disturbance.


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