• Petitioned Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority

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1240 West 6th Street Cleveland, OH 44119
Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority

Rehire Artis Hughes

    1. Petition by

      Keith Marshak

Sometime in September of 2012 Shidea N. Lane boarded a bus being operated by Artis Hughes, a 22 year veteran of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority.

Shidea was belligerent and abusive to both Mr. Hughes and another city employee. In the video of the altercation Shidea is seen pushing the other employee, shouting at Mr. Hughes and generally presenting a danger to every passenger on the bus due to diverting Mr. Hughes attention from the road.

Later Shidea spits on a physically attacks Mr. Hughes. It is at this point that Mr. Hughes, having already endured more than the average person would, pulls the bus over, rises from his seat and delivers a single blow to Shidea's head. In this brief moment Shidea is taught a much needed lesson in manners.

As a result of his actions Mr. Hughes is now in danger of losing his job.

You must sign this petition to send a message to the powers that be that we will no longer tolerate bullies and that standing up for oneself is a sign of integrity and should not be something we are punished for.

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    Reasons for signing

      • almost 2 years ago

      Public safety should be important to everyone. I find myself taking the bus a lot more lately and there are so many rude and irresponsible people escalating actions to dangerous levels for no reason! Ignorant youth and adults showing off and acting rude because they think are tough and the world revolves around them! Why do you think there are so many cameras on buses now? To protect drivers and passengers that's why! If we are not going to put security personnel on the buses, then I'm glad we have drivers that stand up to people and keep them off the bus! As a paying rider, I want to feel safe. I want to know my driver is safe so he/she can focus on their tough task; I want to know that I am safe so I don't have to deal with them and I want to know that companies believe in protecting and safeguarding their employees and riders when something like this happens and not cowering from the media and pubic eye.

      • almost 2 years ago

      I don't know if anyone on here takes public transit, but lately I have been because of high gas prices, and I can tell you, there are people that cause dangerous environments and acts when they get on the bus. It's not fair to the driver or the riders and it causes and uncomfortable feeling. Bus drivers have the right to protect themselves while on the job and also to keep in mind the safeguarding of the riders and the companies equipment. This hood rat got what she deserved.

    • Linda Robinson CLEVELAND, OH
      • almost 2 years ago

      Artis Hughes should get his job back. He had a right to defend himself. I'd like to know when any member of the RTA board rode a bus! Since this unfortunate incident more RTA personnel have been attacked. Bus driver Hughes should be given another chance.

      • almost 2 years ago

      The Women 100% got what she deserved. Claiming the 'Don't a hit a women' speech, society is so PC, she'll never be a rude ignorant person again, Cleveland became a better place.

    • Sharon Goodwin ST. LOUIS, MO
      • about 2 years ago

      To get on the bus and pretend to be looking for your money and the bus driver realized what was happening--why did u not just get off the bus? You have to reap what you sow ! All of this could have been avoided--please rehire Mr Hughes


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