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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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cathy    

She was definitely out of line, no question. Do we all wish we could do that to someone at one point?.YES!,..but come on.

He's a man, that was deplorable. They were right in firing him. Assault charges filed and some jail time for both. Disgraceful behavior, and sickening to watch

655 days ago
62.

B0SS    

He told her from the very beginning if she spit on him he would lose his pension and everything else associated with retirement. She decided to spit on him anyway.. she deserved to be body slammed and stomped to the ground.

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Katt1017    

LOVE IT! Typical trash mouth punk girl who thinks she's tough runs her mouth and hits a guy and is then shocked he popped her back?! I don't blame this guy...he probably deals with people like her all day and had enough of being abused himself! Too bad he didn't beat the crap out of her! Customer service is one thing when you have an upset customer, allowing someone to abuse you and just sit there to abide by some company policy absolutely not! He should be able to keep his job and they should give him an award!

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Toni    

I'm sorry but I'm on the bus drivers side on this one you really think he would have been able to difuse this situation? She hit him first and wouldn't close her pie hole! I don't believe a man should hit a woman but I also dont' condone a woman hitting a man therfore if you wanta hit someone be prepared to get hit back!

655 days ago
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happypat35    

Also, hope she gets banned from riding public transportation. Let that ignorant thang walk.

655 days ago
66.

Meanie    

Can we hire this guy to clock Nikki Minaj?

655 days ago
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NKellz12    

Ok, So this bus driver or any bus driver being harassed by a smart mouthed, disrespectful kid, should be able to defend themselves by any means necessary! He warned her, but she continued by assaulting and spitting on him! I don't understand how females act the way they act and think they'll be no repercussion to their actions!! Didn't your parents teach you to respect your elders~! Smdh!

655 days ago
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Cherry Jubilee    

He knocked her weave off. That sure was an uppercut.

655 days ago
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squeakermama    

Girl should have shut up. Driver should have taken her off the bus or called police to "handle" the situation and filed charges. Both wrong, not to mention stupids on the bus encouraging the whole drama.

655 days ago
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Trina    

Wow. It is people like her as to why I dont take public transportation to work. Every single time rode transit I had to hear some ghetto broad talking ish. I dont think he should have uppercut her, a bitch slap would suffice, but then when he pushed her off the bus, she came back for more! This is on that ghetto bitch, period!!! I am so sick of trash like this thinking it is ok to treat people like that. Her momma needs to be slapped to for raising such trash.

655 days ago
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MrCrowley73    

Proves why everyone hates black people.Buncha yelling and screamin monkeys.

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Cherry Jubilee    

I remember when I rode the bus to work. Wow the things I saw with these ghetto as bytches looking for fight with buss driver and other elders.

655 days ago
73.

Kali    

She got what she deserved. Parents if you raise your daughters to act like trash don't be surprised when they they get called on it.

655 days ago
74.

jason    

"You going to hell now!" Giggity

655 days ago
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all about the money    

Seeing this more and more. It's pretty common to believe that a man should never hit a woman for any reason. As such some women take advantage of this "social norm" by openly attacking men or even jumping in and attacking a man. But as soon as they get hit either by accident (wild throw or knocked over etc) or on purpose they scream bloody murder. As the bus driver said...if you are going to act like a man and hit someone expect to be treated like a man in response. Seriously go to youtube and watch some videos. You will see vids of a couple guys fighting and then some women running up and stomping or kicking one of the guys when they are down, or video's of ladies arguing with someone then just hauling back and punching them then telling them don't you hit a woman. Times are changing. Maybe a few decades ago you didn't raise a hand against a woman for any reason, but modern times its often woman raising their hands against men and expecting the men to stand there and not do anything about it because of the social norm. Thankfully there are enough phone camera's etc out there to capture these "ladies" instigating fights and even abusing men to show a different story. I agree a man should never hit a woman out of anger. Just like a woman should never hit a man. If a woman is going to attack a man well then they should be expected to be treated in kind.

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