Drunk VIA Rail Passengers Bounced From Train Following Homophobic Slurs

Monday January 21st, 2013

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Six women have been bounced from a VIA Rail train after an incident described by police as disorderly and containing homophobic slurs.

Windsor Police were dispatched to the VIA Rail Station regarding a call for trouble unknown.

Once officers got there a Sergeant spoke with VIA Rail Employees and learned that the inbound train from Toronto had a number of passengers who were out of control, acting disorderly.

Police say the passengers were apparently intoxicated and were noisy, disruptive, and were arguing with VIA Rail train employees. At one point it was alleged they were walking up and down the aisles of the rail car yelling and screaming because they had been cut off from being served alcohol.

Windsor Police Staff Sergeant Steve Bodri says the train arrived at 9:49pm and officers boarded the train. They spoke with VIA Rail staff and learned the disorderlies were six women between the ages of 23 and 52 years of age.

Officers went to speak with the women who were obviously under the influence of alcohol. While speaking with them, police say some became confrontational with the officers however none were arrested.

It was learned the women went to Toronto for a girls weekend to see a stage production and upon their
return to Windsor aboard the train started consuming alcohol. One of the women indicated to police that the train staff were rude to them however she conceded they may have been rude in return.

Police say VIA Rail staff advised officers that some of the females were using derogatory and homophobic slurs towards the staff.

Police say VIA Rail indicated they wanted the 6 females to be tresspassed from Via Rail and were looking at having them trespassed from ever using VIA Rail again.

Officers assisted by trespassing the unruly passengers who departed with waiting rides.

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