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Uppercut Bus Driver

FIRED

You Broke the Rules

11/6/2012 9:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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**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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241.

Ivan in Phoenix    

Wow, you could hear the cracking sound of her upper & lower teeth smashing into each other when he connected. I can't believe she wasn't knocked out by that!

678 days ago
242.

Tesla_Consulting    

She was only talking. Freakin brutal dude.

678 days ago
243.

NOT ELMO    

She deserved it but he should've not done that because now he has become part of the UnEmployment numbers by losing his job...

678 days ago
244.

NOT ELMO    

females think that because they are females they can do whatever they want and she just found out it ain't so...

678 days ago
245.

tony gee    

The woman passenger was on the wrong and even spat at the driver. How do you deal with that? What if this woman has a contagious disease that can be transferred by bodily fluids?

The bus driver was right in giving her what she deserves because she is assaulting the driver just like a man would. And she got exactly what she was asking for, i.e., trouble.

Firing the driver is not acceptable form of punishment. Maybe, he could have been reprimanded first and if it continues, then they can fire the driver. Too unfair for the driver. What was he supposed to do? Call the Police while she had already done the damage?

What an inside out and an upside down world we live in?

678 days ago
246.

Harry Balzagna    

BOOYAH! I don't condone that any man hit a woman provided she acts like a women. And this women failed badly at doing so.

678 days ago
247.

chefadam    

Too funny.

678 days ago
248.

myopinion    

Sorry to say this BUT she deserved it!

678 days ago
249.

Spicy mag    

She's an animal, male or female, she got what she deserved. She thought she could get away with it, because men aren't supposed to hit women because society says so, but clearly he doesn't play by those rules. She was playing the sex card, and he was playing mike Tyson's punch out. Bald bull!

678 days ago
250.

Mudit    

Best Video I have seen posted on TMZ...Made my day..Really!!

678 days ago
251.

jonesy    

Damn, she got ****in rocked! BOOM!!!

678 days ago
252.

DWhite    

As a bus rider, I see this type of behavior from rancid arrogant urban riders ALL the time! I say GOOD FOR THE DRIVER!!!! I'D BEAT THIS PIECE OF CRAP DOWN AND HARD!!! To say she got what coming to her, is a under statement at the very least. I'm sorry he lost his job. Obviously his manager don't ride metro bus in the city for if they did, they would see how violent and some dangerous it is! Again I'm on the driver side on this one!

678 days ago
253.

bmiller    

I feel the driver should have received some type of punishment, but not fired. The passenger should receive charges just as harsh if not not more. She provoked him by assaulting him first, and he DOES have the right to defend himself, and not be treated that way.

678 days ago
254.

Risie    

You acked like trash you will be treated like trash.......
If you raise your hand in violence be prepared to receive a hand in violence back.
“You cant hit her. She is a female!” If we go by that logic then all the women fighting in the USA military shouldn’t be killed or attacked by their enemies…RIGHT? Equal Rights and that means being treated EQUAL in all situations!

678 days ago
255.

SUSY    

SHE GOT WHAT SHE DESERVED!!! SHUT THE FU#$ UP!!! DIDN'T UR MAMA TEACH U MANNERS....NOT A WOMAN A HOOD RAT SHE IS

678 days ago
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