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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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46.

Don Martin    

The bus driver is a HERO. Screw the transit authority

632 days ago
47.

Eric    

I'm not a lawyer, but it's my understanding that if you are being attacked, you have a legal right to defend yourself.

632 days ago
48.

Esmarelda    

Act a fool, get treated like one. She got less than she deserved. I would have thrown her from the bus and called the cops. It was self defense. He'd had enough of being called a N****r and a Bitch and thats all it take. that's a verbal assualt. Don't act like that chick and you won't be treating like the POS you are!

632 days ago
49.

paulie daniel    

Man enough to his a man, your man enough to get hit back.

632 days ago
50.

Joe    

He did the right thing. An animal should be treated like an animal. Good for the bus driver. I hope he finds works fast. He did not deserve to be fired !

632 days ago
51.

Rachel    

I agree... there should be a donation set up for this guy. I am a female and I think this man was totally in the right for finally fighting back. He was being bullied by this hood rat and he had enough. We have all have our limits.

632 days ago
52.

esleenda    

Right now (not in 10 minutes), pull the bus over, grab her by the nape of the neck and throw her off the bus and SHUT THE DOOR! Feel so bad for the guy to lose his job over the likes of that piece of trash. Call me old fashioned, but guys should not be hitting a woman.

632 days ago
53.

Joe    

I hope the animal who attacked the driver is sitting in jail. Unfortunately in todays world, the trouble makers are usually rewarded with large sums of money in court. So sad !

632 days ago
54.

Truth    

He should have finished the job.

632 days ago
55.

Truth    

That was AWESOME.

632 days ago
56.

JDoors    

The driver was wrong, wrong, wrong ... and right. If a woman physically assaults a man, she has given up any right "to be treated like a woman." A "woman" does not physically assault others.


For policy reasons, he was wrong for mouthing off back to her. For policy and legal reasons he was wrong for getting up to knock her out. But I'll be darned if she didn't deserve it.


Sadly, she will not have learned anything from this. She'll sue, get money, and taunt some other poor schlub. She is a perfect example of "The 'B' Word," a Bully (ha, you thought I was gonna say something else).

632 days ago
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_][ Character_Assassin ][_    

Damn, bus driver nearly knock the black off her face... lol. But she had it coming after interfering with the bus driver while he was driving.

632 days ago
58.

Molly_Ripper    

The guys a hero all the way! She endangered everyone on that bus. That punch was a dose of reality she earned.

632 days ago
59.

Katt1017    

LOVE IT!! Good for him!! Foul mouthed punk of a girl who deserved it! It is disgusting that women think they can put their hands all over a man and the guy just has to sit there and take it! If you're going to hit anyone you should expect to hit back!

632 days ago
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happypat35    

Chris brown defended himself, when Rihanna came at him with her stiletto upside his head repeatedly. Just sayin.........He was trying to pull over and pull her out the car, but snapped in the process. .

632 days ago
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