Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Transit bus fight in Oakland creating buzz (VIDEO: 67 year old man beats-down thug)
Mercury News ^ | Staff

Posted on 02/17/2010 3:21:44 PM PST by AAABEST

OAKLAND — A You Tube video showing a fight between two AC Transit bus riders has ignited a flurry of online debates about violence, race and the safety of public transit.

The video, which shows an older white man exchanging blows with a younger black man, is attracting hundreds of thousands of hits.

The fight took place Tuesday afternoon on a bus in downtown Oakland, near the corner of Harrison and Webster streets.

We will update this story when further details are available.

(Excerpt) Read more at mercurynews.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: amberlamps; beard; ebg; ebm; epic; epicbeardguy; epicbeardman; guy
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-100101-150151-200201-233 next last
Original video here.

67 year old man (now known as "Epic Beard Guy") throws an world class beat-down on transit thug who hits him first.

Absolute MUST SEE TV. Note the hillarious inscription on the old guys shirt.

I ran into this via AR15.com last night when it only had a few hundred views, now it's gone TOTALLY viral and is sure to become internet lore. If you want to see how viral, just Google Epic Beard Guy.

If you want a few hours of laughs, the AR15 thread is HILLARIOUS

1 posted on 02/17/2010 3:21:44 PM PST by AAABEST
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: AAABEST

ping


2 posted on 02/17/2010 3:32:13 PM PST by Paratrooper
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: AAABEST

Funny the stuff youtube wants you to login for.


3 posted on 02/17/2010 3:32:16 PM PST by DonaldC (A nation cannot stand in the absence of religious principle.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: AAABEST

Looks like the race pimps have already got it “flagged”

.... so it must be good!!


4 posted on 02/17/2010 3:33:21 PM PST by canuck_conservative
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: AAABEST

~Bookmark.


5 posted on 02/17/2010 3:33:29 PM PST by JOAT
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: AAABEST

6 posted on 02/17/2010 3:37:40 PM PST by I see my hands (_8(|)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: All
It is embedded on the Breitbart web site in case you don't want to log into youtube

http://www.breitbart.tv/old-guy-in-i-am-a-m-t-shirt-pummels-younger-man-on-california-bus/
7 posted on 02/17/2010 3:39:42 PM PST by Kid Shelleen (Keep your socialized health care off my body !!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: AAABEST

The video appears to be from the black female friend of the black guy. I’m guessing she started recording expecting to get a beat down of the white guy, and they had a surprise. I’m wondering if the black guy was supposed to instigate something as part of an initiation?


8 posted on 02/17/2010 3:39:55 PM PST by PapaBear3625 (Public healthcare looks like it will work as well as public housing did.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: I see my hands

Nah, It was like that a long time before the Big O got elected.


9 posted on 02/17/2010 3:43:04 PM PST by dljordan (Psalm 109:8 "Let his days be few; and let another take his office. ")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: PapaBear3625

“I’m wondering if the black guy was supposed to instigate something as part of an initiation?”

His initiation into the ‘Short Bus Club’?


10 posted on 02/17/2010 3:44:06 PM PST by dljordan (Psalm 109:8 "Let his days be few; and let another take his office. ")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: Kid Shelleen

Thanks for that link...kinda funny the dude wanting an ambulance...LOL


11 posted on 02/17/2010 3:46:35 PM PST by DonaldC (A nation cannot stand in the absence of religious principle.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: PapaBear3625

You gotta love the results.


12 posted on 02/17/2010 3:46:49 PM PST by RC2
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: AAABEST
Never pick a fight with an old man. If he's old to....uhhhhhhhh....never mind, he'll kick your ass.
13 posted on 02/17/2010 3:50:18 PM PST by Deaf Smith
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: DonaldC
Thanks for that link...kinda funny the dude wanting an ambulance...LOL

Oh, thanks for clearing that up. I thought he was asking for amber lamps. }8^D

14 posted on 02/17/2010 3:53:33 PM PST by awelliott
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: Blue Jays
That is an outstanding result.
Hopefully people recognize Epic Beard Guy on future trips and thank him for resisting thugs when others simply wouldn't or cowered away.
He might have been a Vietnam vet who knows how to dish out some pain.
15 posted on 02/17/2010 3:54:40 PM PST by Blue Jays (Rock Hard, Ride Free)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: AAABEST

Proverbs 27:22 comes to mind.


16 posted on 02/17/2010 3:56:07 PM PST by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: AAABEST
This thing was just posted last night and it already has a whole meme going. A few examples:


17 posted on 02/17/2010 3:56:09 PM PST by AAABEST (Et lux in tenebris lucet: et tenebrae eam non comprehenderunt)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: awelliott; DonaldC
A lot of others picked up on the "Amber Lamps" thing too, even the Photo-choppers:


18 posted on 02/17/2010 4:00:20 PM PST by AAABEST (Et lux in tenebris lucet: et tenebrae eam non comprehenderunt)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: AAABEST

Bump for later!


19 posted on 02/17/2010 4:03:54 PM PST by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: DonaldC

“Thanks for that link...kinda funny the dude wanting an ambulance...LOL”

OK - who’s gonna call the WAAAmbulance?

PS LoserBoy probably wanted an ambulance because he didn’t wouldn’t have to pay anything for it.


20 posted on 02/17/2010 4:04:16 PM PST by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is essential to examine principles,)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: AAABEST

Oh my God, I am laughing so damn hard at your “Epic Beard Man” picture!


21 posted on 02/17/2010 4:09:28 PM PST by gop4lyf (Obama wants to raise taxes and kill babies. Palin wants to raise babies and kill taxes.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: AAABEST

There goes his street cred. It need to stay outta the hood for the next 60 days.


22 posted on 02/17/2010 4:21:34 PM PST by Realman30 (If 10% is good enough for Jesus, it ought to be enough for Uncle Sam.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Blue Jays
That little thugster ain't going to like the new nicknames being created for him as we speak!
Epic Beard Man is going to sweep the country as a new middle-aged superhero. :-)


23 posted on 02/17/2010 4:29:07 PM PST by Blue Jays (Rock Hard, Ride Free)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: AAABEST

24 posted on 02/17/2010 4:30:47 PM PST by cmsgop
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: AAABEST
The fight took place Tuesday afternoon on the San Francisco-bound NL line in downtown Oakland, near the corner of Harrison and Webster streets. Alameda County Sheriff's deputies arrived on the scene and took both men to the hospital, said AC Transit spokesman Clarence Johnson. The younger man was treated for cuts and bruises received during the fight, and the older man was under observation for mental instability.

Johnson expressed surprise that the fight became such a media hit. "It was just a fight. On a bus," he said Wednesday. "Of course you would look at it if it were happening in front of you. And I'm not trying to minimize it. But that's all it was."

From the article. The old guy was observed for mental instability ? ??? He clearly tried to defuse the situation, the younger guy followed him and attacked him. That's mentally unstable ? But verbally abusing a perfect stranger, following him throughout the bus and attacking him is perfect mental health, apparently.

And the Transit Authority guy: "It's just a fight ?"

Further proof we DO live in bizzaro world.

25 posted on 02/17/2010 4:38:26 PM PST by Red Boots
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: AAABEST

I am saddened watching this and seeing how people suffer in such misery. Nobody “won” in this incident. Both of them lost.


26 posted on 02/17/2010 4:41:47 PM PST by muglywump (Seven days without laughter makes one weak.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: cmsgop

“Hit hard, hit fast, hit often.” - Admiral William “Bull” Halsey, Jr. US Navy


27 posted on 02/17/2010 4:43:10 PM PST by Joe Marine 76 (Semper Fi!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: muglywump

This was a pleasure to watch! That little —— bastard won’t be taking on “Gramps” any time soon!


28 posted on 02/17/2010 4:43:55 PM PST by WellyP
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

To: Red Boots

The older white guy seemed a touch off but I don’t know how you can restrain him from leaving the scene simply because he defended himself and talked a little ___ with a punk on the bus. They can’t even commit people these days without great evidence and cause—how can they take him to the hospital to ‘observe’ him if it’s “just a fight.”

And it was not just a fight to the millions who’ve seen it. It represents something much more and though he may not be the perfect role model, Epic Beard Guy is definitely a model to those who wish to live in a civilized society and take public transit and walk the streets without fear of the antisocial elements (whatever their background.)


29 posted on 02/17/2010 4:44:20 PM PST by Skywalk (Transdimensional Jihad!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: muglywump

Not exactly a display of dignity.


30 posted on 02/17/2010 4:47:43 PM PST by Fester Chugabrew
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

To: Blue Jays

The big white guy has been identified as Thomas Bruso, the same big white guy who was videotaped getting into a fight with about four Oakland cops at an A’s game about two years ago, which might have been posted here on FR. I know I saw it somewhere.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/thisiswhyitsucks/i-am-a-mfer-qz2

He ain’t a guy you want to hitch your wagon to.


31 posted on 02/17/2010 4:50:06 PM PST by Flash Bazbeaux
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: AAABEST

Epic beard guy? lol...
Saw the interview yesterday

There was another youtube vid with a Chinese woman getting the best of a black woman who landed the first blow. On a bus. Person who posted it was an Asian girl
Seems in some transit systems the black women try to bully the Asian ones and the Asians are fighting back


32 posted on 02/17/2010 4:51:39 PM PST by dennisw (It all comes 'round again --Fairport)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: cmsgop

thanks for viddy-link. Notice the busdriver. She calmly gets out and shuts the door behind her! Geez!


33 posted on 02/17/2010 4:51:40 PM PST by conductor john (from jersey)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: cmsgop

Nice left jab to start.


34 posted on 02/17/2010 4:53:11 PM PST by SnuffaBolshevik
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: Flash Bazbeaux

bllsht...He’s still OK in my book!


35 posted on 02/17/2010 4:53:28 PM PST by dennisw (It all comes 'round again --Fairport)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 31 | View Replies]

To: muglywump

Are you kidding? No one won?

The white guy won. And so did the passengers. And future passengers. And passengers who see the utube who see how to respond to these punks. And the passengers on those buses will win too.

There were a dozen winners on that bus. Possibly thousands of winners on others buses.

A civil society won.

You need to learn how to count.


36 posted on 02/17/2010 4:57:56 PM PST by Balding_Eagle (If America falls, darkness will cover the face of the earth for a thousand years.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

To: Balding_Eagle

We count differently. In my book, nobody won. There are only losers when people turn to violence.


37 posted on 02/17/2010 5:01:52 PM PST by muglywump (Seven days without laughter makes one weak.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 36 | View Replies]

To: Flash Bazbeaux

Those maggots tazed him as he was submitting to being handcuffed


38 posted on 02/17/2010 5:03:09 PM PST by dennisw (It all comes 'round again --Fairport)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 31 | View Replies]

To: WellyP

Right; next time he’ll be armed with a knife or a gun. Is that the answer?


39 posted on 02/17/2010 5:03:37 PM PST by muglywump (Seven days without laughter makes one weak.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

To: muglywump
There are only losers when people turn to violence.

WWII, Hitler.

40 posted on 02/17/2010 5:03:41 PM PST by Balding_Eagle (If America falls, darkness will cover the face of the earth for a thousand years.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 37 | View Replies]

To: muglywump

one person turned to violence here.....

and one person stopped the violence.....

but if you have some better way to stop violence, I would very much like it if you would enlighten me....


41 posted on 02/17/2010 5:05:14 PM PST by eeevil conservative (GIVE ME A PLACE TO STAND AND I WILL MOVE THE EARTH....Archimedes)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 37 | View Replies]

To: Balding_Eagle

“WWII, Hitler.”

This is an incredible stretch but, okay, who ‘won’ in WWII? (Whatever your answer is, explain it to the masses of slain soldiers.)


42 posted on 02/17/2010 5:06:25 PM PST by muglywump (Seven days without laughter makes one weak.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 40 | View Replies]

To: muglywump
This is an incredible stretch but, okay, who ‘won’ in WWII? (Whatever your answer is, explain it to the masses of slain soldiers.)

I'm talking to an idiot, so you can have the last word.

43 posted on 02/17/2010 5:08:06 PM PST by Balding_Eagle (If America falls, darkness will cover the face of the earth for a thousand years.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 42 | View Replies]

To: dennisw
And here he is from 1986. "Back in 1996, I was working at the intersection of 2nd & Market. Each and every day the man pictured above would walk by my shop, wave a loaf of sourdough in my face, and scream obscenities about the San Francisco 49′ers.” http://sfcitizen.com/blog/2010/02/17/how-should-the-sfpd-deal-with-somebody-like-epic-beard-man-thomas-bruso-tasers/
44 posted on 02/17/2010 5:08:46 PM PST by Flash Bazbeaux
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 35 | View Replies]

To: muglywump

Yes, the world is nothing but rainbows and gumdrop smiles. Get a clue, seriously, and come back to reality where the only thing the uncivilized among us regcognize is violence.


45 posted on 02/17/2010 5:08:48 PM PST by randomhero97 ("First you want to kill me, now you want to kiss me. Blow!" - Ash)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 37 | View Replies]

To: eeevil conservative

Both of the men on the bus were antagonists. To address your query (but if you have some better way to stop violence, I would very much like it if you would enlighten me....), both need to shut up when tensions start to overheat. Remove ego from the situation.


46 posted on 02/17/2010 5:09:26 PM PST by muglywump (Seven days without laughter makes one weak.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 41 | View Replies]

To: Flash Bazbeaux
Good catch on the earlier content, Flash Bazbeaux!
It appears he isn't quite as pure as the driven snow.


47 posted on 02/17/2010 5:15:11 PM PST by Blue Jays (Rock Hard, Ride Free)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 31 | View Replies]

To: Flash Bazbeaux
He ain’t a guy you want to hitch your wagon to.

Haven't seen anyone hitching their wagons to Epic Beard Guy.

What I have seen is a lot of people (especially those like me who have first-hand experience with thugs like this in urban public transit) happy that a scumbag got what he had coming.

48 posted on 02/17/2010 5:17:30 PM PST by AAABEST (Et lux in tenebris lucet: et tenebrae eam non comprehenderunt)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 31 | View Replies]

To: randomhero97; Balding_Eagle; eeevil conservative; WellyP

Gnite, all.........gotta go catch a bus! :)


49 posted on 02/17/2010 5:18:31 PM PST by muglywump (Seven days without laughter makes one weak.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 45 | View Replies]

To: AAABEST

Apparently the thug couldn’t read the White guy’s t-shirt. Dang gubmint skuls.


50 posted on 02/17/2010 5:19:01 PM PST by Eagles6 ( Typical White Guy: Christian, Constitutionalist, Heterosexual, Redneck.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-100101-150151-200201-233 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson