Man to complete court-ordered anger management after assaulting bus driver

If you have a problem controlling your temper, it’s all too easy for a simple misunderstanding to escalate into a needlessly violent conflict. Recently, a 22-year-old man from Hawaii was instructed to complete court-ordered anger management classes after punching a female bus driver in the face after just such an occurrence.

According to Maui News, the incident took place in May 2012. Bus driver Punahele Hoopii reportedly stopped at the Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas to pick up passengers when the 22-year-old assailant boarded the vehicle. Hoopii mistook the young man – Haloti Mahe – to be an individual who had once urinated on the bus months before. She then told Mahe that he was not allowed on, at which point he told her she was wrong. Hoopii told the passenger that she would call the police. He then swore, punched her and got off the bus.

“I was so mad, she made me feel so ashamed, I backhanded her and I just walked off,” Mahe told the news outlet. “I was just really upset, and I didn’t mean to do that. I’m not that type of person.”

Upon learning that she’d identified the wrong man, Hoopii said she “felt so bad.” However, because Mahe resorted to violence, an unfortunate mixup took on a greater severity.

This week, The Associated Press reported that Mahe has been ordered to take anger management classes, and must also provide a written apology to the driver.

The circumstances of this case are all too common. In this instance, Mahe had every right to be upset, but his emotions ultimately got the better of him. If you worry that your issues with rage could result in a similar incident, take a proactive step to address this problem with online anger management classes.

Carlos Todd PhD LCMHC

Dr. Carlos Todd PhD LCMHC specializes in anger management, family conflict resolution, marital and premarital conflict resolution. His extensive knowledge in the field of anger management may enable you to use his tested methods to deal with your anger issues.


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