Woman's racist train rant shocks commuters
A woman has apologised after video emerged of her racially abusing a fellow passenger on a packed Central Coast train.PT2M6S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-3b9w0 620 349 July 3, 2014
Police have arrested a woman who unleashed a racist tirade on a packed peak-hour train.
She was arrested at Wyong railway station on the central coast about 6pm on Thursday night, a police spokesman said.
The woman, whose real identity is yet to be confirmed, was then taken to Wyong police station to answer questions.
Earlier in the day, the woman, who identified herself as 55-year-old Sue Wilkins, apologised and said she'd had a "really really rotten day".
Ms Wilkins was filmed hurling abuse at passengers, including children and an Asian woman, in a rant apparently triggered when she couldn't find a seat on the train.
Ms Wilkins, who was job-hunting on the day, told Ninemsn that "there's no excuse to rant at people like that".
"I had a rotten day, I've been chasing work for quite some time now. It's awful what I said to that woman, I do agree," the central coast woman was quoted as saying.
"It's awful and I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy, regardless of any race."
Ms Wilkins, who said she lost $100,000 after being scammed by Dutch man she met online, said her rage was triggered when children didn't offer her their seat on the train.
"I thought it was just a disgrace," she said.
"What sort of an example is that setting for your children? It's just appalling."
The footage begins with the Ms Wilkins speaking on her mobile phone to police and complaining about young children not offering her their seats.
"Yeah I've called the police. They're coming at Strathfield to get these ugly little bogans off," she announces.
She then turns her attention to other passengers, abusing an Asian woman and the man next to her.
The footage shows Ms Wilkins pulling her eyes back with her fingers and mocking the Asian woman's accent..
"What's wrong with Hong Kong? Why did you come to this country? This is our country," she shouts.
When the man tells her to "shut up", she focuses her attack on him.
Shocked passengers on the train react to the outburst in different ways - one tells her she is "f--king scum" and another to "go away", others laugh or groan.
"It's not nice what I did to that lady," Ms Wilkins said.
"It wasn't nice to say that to her because it's not nice when people say that to me...call me white trash and fatso. I know how it hurts and I shouldn't be saying it to other people."
The video was posted on YouTube on Wednesday by user Kareem Abdul.
"I started filming as the woman became aggressive toward some children [aged 12 and under] who refused to vacate their seats when she had demanded," he wrote.
"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."
A NSW Train Link spokeswoman said the organisation's helpline had not received a complaint about the incident but passengers should use the help point or contact police in such circumstances.
"The safety of our customer is our priority and we will continue to work with the Police Transport Command to respond to these incidents," she said.
Police said they were trying to identify and find the woman and called for witnesses to the incident to come forward.
"We take incidents such as these very seriously," a police spokeswoman said.
The footage has attracted nearly 20,000 views and has been widely condemned online.