Remember the epic uppercut heard around the world a while ago?! Well, now consequences are being handed out — and it isn’t pretty.
After over twenty years of service to the Cleveland bus system, Artis Hughes, the man who delivered the uppercut heard around the world, was fired.
The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority has issued a statement regarding the incident, and cites that Artis Hughes was terminated from his job for not following policy after he was assaulted by the passenger, Shidea Lane, back in September.
They state: “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.”
And the unruly passenger, Shidea Lane, doesn’t get off easy either. Cleveland’s Transit Authority says, “The customer was out of line and charges have been filed against her.” So far, no comment from the bus driver or the passenger regarding these new developments.
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This is a prime example on why violence is not the answer! Let’s hope both parties learn from this unfortunate situation. How do you feel about the firing? Sound off!