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Uppercut Bus Driver

FIRED

You Broke the Rules

11/6/2012 9:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news



**WARNING -- VIDEO CONTAINS REALLY BAD LANGUAGE**

The Cleveland bus driver who fired back at an aggressive female passenger with a FEROCIOUS uppercut to the face ... has been fired by his bus company.

The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority has announced ... Artis Hughes was terminated from his job ... for not following policy after he was assaulted by the passenger back in September.

In a statement, the RTA explains ...  "Mr. Hughes claims that his actions were in self-defense. The evidence does not support that claim."

"We expect our employees to diffuse any potential situation. We do not believe that Mr. Hughes took the proper steps to diffuse this situation."

"The proper procedure would have been to pull over and stop the bus, then call Transit Police for assistance."

However, RTA does say ... "The customer was out of line and charges have been filed against her."

Moments after the driver smacked the woman, he told her, "She wanna be a man, I'm gonna treat you like a man."

So far, no comment from the bus driver.

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181.

Ben Choad    

I finally understand why Ohio is considered a key swing state by Romney and Obama

718 days ago
182.

harleyharlett    

wth - the bus driver was arrested!! Artis Hughes, 59, spent 30 minutes in custody taking photos, fingerprints and posting $5,000 bond.

718 days ago
183.

dick    

25 year old bitch got what she deserved, too bad for the bus driver, almost nearing retirement age.

718 days ago
184.

LISA    

That shocked me. He didn’t just ‘fire back’, he pummeled her!


She was definitely the instigator and made the first strike, but the driver should have never indulged her in the verbal argument. You should be afraid of somebody who is that intense. What if she had a weapon?


He was not thinking about the safety of his passengers at all. He could have tried to diffuse the situation much earlier by escorting her off the bus and calling for help, instead of replying back to her crazy rants.


The assault probably wouldn’t have happened if the driver had not threatened to have his daughter, (then his granddaughter) ‘whoop her ass’, and then say it looked like ‘somebody sliced her face up BITCH!’.


It appears that she slapped him and later attempted to hit him. The driver punched her in the face (hard), threw her down the steps into the street, had her in a choke hold and finally pulls her hair.


Not self-defense at all – this was a fight that should have never happened.
I think they will both be charged, but the driver’s charges will be more serious. Pretty tough chick, though.

718 days ago
185.

jinx    

I'm happy he punched her... but yeah, he probably SHOULD have handled it differently, and probably does deserve to lose his job over it.

But I'm still really happy he punched her :)

718 days ago
186.

harleyharlett    

she doesn't have a clue in life! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64dl9xSmg00&feature=related

718 days ago
187.

notyouraveragewman2012    

This female deserved what she got! She assaulted him as well and should not be allowed on anymore public transportation. What a nasty piece of trash and to think she's suing this man and the bus company...should uppercut her again when she got back up!

718 days ago
188.

Don't Drink the Kool-Aid    

If her momma would have smacked her mouth when she was younger, other people wouldn't have to do it now.

718 days ago
189.

ManEater    

Good He could have easily diffuse that situation. Instead of going back and forth with the chick until the point in which she hit him , he should have stop the bus and put her off and if she tried to hit me hold her down or have other passengers contain her, but he didnt. Ur going have to deal with crazy people at a job like that but that dont mean u just snap and fight them like a man!

718 days ago
190.

imstac    

LMFAO, she wasnt so badassss when she got clocked. Score!

718 days ago
191.

Papichulo168    

What bad language? Is "******" and "bitch" bad language?

718 days ago
192.

KERRY J!    

(LOL! xD), It looks like "SAMUEL L. JACKSON!" as "THE BUS DRIVER" ked! :D

Hey, IT WAS, "HER FAULT!!!", All she had to do was, USE COMMON SENSE. "STEP OFF DA BUS" And like "A HOT DOG", Everything would've been, "KO-SHER!", But, NAAAW!!!, She took it to, "ANOTHER LEVEL", By PUSHING HIM, And DISRESPECTIN'!

BOTTOM LINE; She played with fire, AND SHE GOT BURNED!!!, (She better thank her LUCKY STARS that, SHE'S ALIVE. A few inches, Along with certain pressure to certain areas can cause, "DEATH!!!", But anyway.)

"MR. ARTIS HUGHES!" NEEDS TO BE, "REHIRED!!!", GIVE HIM BACK HIS BUS DRIVING JOB!!!

I said enough. I'm out. Have a kool evening. :D

718 days ago
193.

b    

he deserves a raise and promotion, makes me proud to be a fellow american

718 days ago
194.

Killakadafi    

He could have crashed that bus and killed some innocent people, that **** should be locked away

718 days ago
195.

Killakadafi    

Awesome, Amazing, Hilarious, she deserved it, she deserved more. Why do women like that think they can do whatever they want,

718 days ago
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