I got my flip cam out fast on this one - what you miss right before I start shooting is this woman gets on the C-Train with me at Columbus Circle heading Uptown and seconds after she sits down this crazed maniac turns to her and starts screaming loudly about her having stole his dollar (which she didn't)......then I start videotaping.
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On the Central coast & Newcastle line in peak hour during school holidays. I started filming as the woman became aggressive toward some children (ages 12 & under) who refused to vacate their seats when she had demanded. This video begins just after she had started screaming expletives into the face of the upset kids and the mother of the children got up to stand in between the lady and her kids. The lady then assaulted the mother and a young dude who gave up his seat for her and now the lady is calling the police.... Because the kids didn't move?
I am all for entertainers in the subway stations doing their thing be it singing, dancing, playing instruments. I enjoy this and these people for the most part are sanctioned by the MTA. Then there are the subway train beggars who shout to get everyone's attention in the car, making their plea, of which many sound eerily the same as if a script, so I am thinking maybe there is a school on how to do this. Then there are the Mariachi bands, Jesus preachers, candy sellers, and bucket drummers to name a few. When I get on a subway I like to read as do many of my fellow straphangers. Many people are using the time to rest after a long day at work. I don't think I am alone in asking for stricter enforcement against this annoying behavior. Sure the tourists and transplanted hipsters love it but if you are subjected to it every day multiple times and have been for years, the constant assault is annoying to say the least especially now since the MTA just raised fares again this weekend.....and it's illegal.
White man on the train in DC calls passengers the "N" word and assaults a woman who is filming the encounter...then all HELL breaks loose...