A video shows a British woman shouting racist abuse against a Nigerian student Gina Thompson, 23, and her Spanish friend. The clip was filmed at around 7:30 p.m. at Ipswich Hospital in Suffolk.
The irate British woman says: "Where do you come from. You're coming over here and you're pleading poverty. We are paying taxes you a***holes and we are going down in this crisis."
According to the Daily Mail, Thompson is a film and media student at the University Campus Suffolk and has been in the UK for two years. Her Spanish friend is from Seville, Spain. She arrived in the UK last September, the Daily Mail reports.
The video records the British woman shouting in the presence of about 20 other patients at the hospital. They watch in shocked silence as the woman launches a verbal assault on Thompson and her friend.
She begins, asking no one in particular: "What has happened to this f*****g country?" Then she turns attention to Thompson and asks: "Where do you come from?"
Thompson replies: "What does it matter where I'm from?"
The woman said: "We are paying taxes you a***holes and we are going down in this crisis."
Miss Thompson: "Don't call me an a***hole."
Irate Woman: "I will, because you're coming over here and you're pleading poverty. I am not well."
Thompson: "You won't call me an a***hole. I will not accept that. Don't call me an a***hole. Don't come to my face and insult me. You won't do that. Calling me an a***hole? Are you alright?"
Irate woman: "Don't accept it, you fat a***."
A voice off camera announces the police have been called.
Hospital staff then apprehend the woman.
The Daily Mail reports Thompson later said: "I was so embarrassed and I couldn't do anything because I was stuck in the situation, so we just had to laugh about it. All the attention was on us. She said I've come here to claim poverty. That's not true. I'm an international student and I pay £13,000 a year in tuition fees. My friend is a student here from Spain."
She continued: "It made me feel low of myself. I had to go back home and question why it was wrong I was here. My friend was surprised. She was scared, she was terrified. She kind of felt unsafe afterwards. She is Spanish and her English is not perfect, but she could sort of understand what the woman was saying. When she got back home, she said: 'Are we in trouble?'... This woman was a very normal looking woman who you wouldn't think would abuse you. How many people are the same like that? I’m scared."
According to the Daily Mail, a police spokesman said: "We have arrested and charged somebody. She has been charged with assault on a police officer, two counts of racially aggravated assault and two charges of assault. So, five charges altogether. She is due to appear at Ipswich Magistrates’ Court on the 20th February. She was arrested at the A&E department on Saturday evening and she was brought in. She was charged on Sunday night."
The Huffiington Post reports police have identified the woman as Elizabeth Ward-Buck, 51, of Eastward Ho, in Leiston in Suffolk.
The incident was filmed on a mobile phone at the hospital's accident and emergency department.