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Man who punched bus driver apologizes, will get counseling

By Associated Press


WAILUKU >>  A Kahului man who punched a Maui bus driver has been ordered to attend anger management classes and write an apology.

The Maui News says 22-year-old Haloti Mahe must write a letter of apology to Punahele Hoopii, a Roberts Hawaii employee who reported being punched in early May.

Deputy Public Defender Danielle Sears says Mahe has already written the letter of apology.

Hoopii was the driver on a Maui Bus commuter service run from West Maui to Central Maui when she mistakenly thought Mahe was a passenger who had urinated in the bus several months earlier. When she told Mahe to get off the bus, he punched her in the face.

Mahe told the court he is sorry and overreacted to the situation.

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cojef wrote:
Resorting to fisticuffs gets you no where, so better to sit back and enjoy the scenery. There is no need to protect your manhood, its only your ego that got the better of you.
on April 15,2013 | 08:02AM
allie wrote:
agree...so dreadful
on April 15,2013 | 08:18AM
olos73 wrote:
Brah, you should've just got off the bus and called the bus company to report the incident. Let them investigate her accusations. Now, you In more trouble for punching her. Let the company prove that what she said about you was wrong. You innocent, then she should write a letter of apology to you for wrongly accusing you. Hope all this gets straightened out.
on April 15,2013 | 09:02AM
Allenk wrote:
Two wrongs don't make a right. No reason to resort to fisticuffs. Was it mistaken identity?
on April 15,2013 | 10:11AM
mikethenovice wrote:
Chinese say two wongs?
on April 15,2013 | 01:45PM
sailfish1 wrote:
Anybody see the video of a bus driver (I think it was in Nebraska) who beat up a passenger for asking too many questions? That was a really bad beating - the driver kept punching the passenger over and over while the passenger was down on the floor. We are lucky that Oahu bus drivers all seem to be decent people.
on April 15,2013 | 10:46AM
mikethenovice wrote:
The driver should claim PTSD for a lifetime of medical bills to pay for Mr. Mahe.
on April 15,2013 | 01:44PM
pandadaddy wrote:
What? No jail time?
on April 15,2013 | 07:08PM
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