A YouTube video of an elderly man with a walker being shoved off a MARTA train at a stop has Atlantans hopping mad.
The incident happened at the East Lake station, says Atlanta In Town, and was captured by a passenger via cellphone, who shared the video on YouTube. Witnesses said the elderly man was making inappropriate comments to the female passengers around him, when a younger man grabbed the older man and pushed him out the doors at the station.
On the video you can hear a chorus of “No” from other riders on the train as the elderly man is forced out, with a woman saying, “Put him back on the train.”
Witnesses told WSB TV that the video didn’t show the elderly man falling on the platform after he was removed from the train. Passengers told the station the older man was yelling the comments at female passengers.
The TV station says the incident happened June 7 on the Blue Line between the Kensington and Edgewood stations.
A MARTA spokesman says the agency is investigating and anyone with information is asked to contact MARTA police.
The transit system is promoting its new code of conduct, called Ride With Respect. The program warns passengers not to bring pets on board, to keep music turned down, and bans people selling anything on buses, trains or stations.On YouTube, viewer Elizabeth Teagle commented, “Such a shame no one stuck up for this elderly man not in the right state of mind. Hard to watch- I hope they charge that ignorant man who assaults people on the MARTA.”
And Wendy Barge wrote, “Words are NOT ENOUGH to justify physical assault on someone! DISTURBING!”