Woman charged after racist tram rant goes viral

Story highlights

  • Woman charged with racially aggravated public order offense over rant on tram
  • Fellow passenger recorded apparent expletive-laden tirade at fellow travelers
  • Video prompted angry backlash on YouTube, Twitter
A British woman has been charged in connection with a racist rant on a tram after a video of the apparent outburst became an online hit.
A fellow passenger on the Croydon Tramlink in south London recorded a woman with a young child in her lap appearing to abuse travelers around her, using expletive-laden language.
The clip was posted on video-sharing website YouTube on Sunday, where it went viral. By Tuesday morning, "My Tram Experience" had been viewed by more than 2.4 million people, and prompted angry responses both there and on Twitter.
A spokeswoman for the British Transport Police confirmed a woman had been arrested, questioned and charged in connection with the incident.
"Emma West, 34, of New Addington, has been charged with a racially aggravated public order offense. She is due to appear at Croydon Magistrates' Court later."