Caught on video, a woman on a train in Ireland was seen making extremely racist and expletive-laden comments towards fellow Asian passengers reportedly for placing a bag on an empty seat. Originally posted on micro-blogging website Twitter, by 'TheBexWay', the video showed the woman on a train from Limerick Colbert station to Limerick Junction yelling “go back to India” and abusing other passengers.
The Twitter user tagged the Irish Rail account on the post, stating the woman had been making abusive comments for 10 minutes. The woman in the video could be heard saying, “Go back to India. Don't give me your guff,” and when another passenger tried to stand up for the people she was abusing, verbally attacked him saying “look at the ugly head of that fella.” “That's the only reason he's backing you up because he's ugly,” she added. It is known that the passengers left their seats after 16 minutes of verbal abuse.
Recounting the incident 'TheBexWay' said, “You don't really get the full effect of what happened from the video. She was literally sitting beside them, screaming bloody murder in their faces. It went on for almost the whole train ride. I didn't feel safe. If that turned into a fist fight, there would have been nobody there to help us.” The incident was reported to the Gardaí, the state police force of the Republic of Ireland, by the Irish Rail. A spokesman stated the behaviour will not be tolerated on their service.
“People should be able to travel on our services without abuse of any kind. The footage is very clear and very shocking and we welcome the fact that another member of the public was able to assist in identifying the person involved,” he said.