As a rule, throwing Grandma off the train is not a good idea. And certainly what happened to 82-year-old Emma Anderson should not have happened.
The petite octogenerian — she weighs all of 99 pounds — was ejected from a Metrorail car at the Brickell station back in February and stumbled onto the platform as she exited. She cut her hand and was treated at the scene. She has filed a lawsuit.
According to the published report, a security guard had grabbed her suitcase and ordered her out of the train after she ignored an instruction to stop singing. During the ride, she had been chanting religious hymns, reciting scripture and keeping a beat with a makeshift instrument, a plastic bottle filled with beads.
Any harm Ms. Anderson suffered is regrettable. But there are rules for riding the train that all passengers must obey, and they include prohibitions against singing, dancing or playing a musical instrument.
Frequent train riders, who just want a little peace and quiet on their public conveyance — please — can attest that too often those rules aren’t followed. Singing, shouting, and panhandling are all too common, and often there are no guards around to enforce the rules.
We’ll leave it up to the courts to decide the legal issue in this case, but what Metrorail riders need is more vigilance on the trains and platforms, not less. All riders would be wise to follow the rules. Stifle the urge to break out in song until you get in the shower.