Feb 18, 2010, 7:00 PM EST
Warning: NSFW language.
One thing about the San Francisco Bay Area; we’re never short on insane, legendary characters. The older guy in the video above is already known as Epic Beard Man, his story racing across the Internets after a recent incident on an Oakland transit bus in which he beat up a younger black guy with whom he was arguing. As you see, Beard Man moves to the front of the bus to avoid the kid, but kid follows him and threatens to “put a boot up his a–.” But the boot is on the other foot, as it turns out.
According to several sources, Epic Beard Man is Thomas Bruso, a 62-year-old Vietnam Vet who was also tasered for being drunk and unruly at an Oakland A’s game this past August. More videos following the jump.
From Encyclopedia Dramatica:
Epic Beard Man (Thomas Bruso aka Vietnam Tom aka Tom Slick) is a 64-year-old war veteran who gained internet fame on February 16th, 2010 in a video which was filmed by Lyanna Washington and posted to YouTube. In the video, our elderly hero finds himself confronted by a racially sensitive and reasonably angry drunk black man. He subsequently surprises us by delivering a beat down so crushing in its righteousness that it has touched the scrotum of Jesus himself. Epic Beard Man is a MOTHER F——. He even has the shirt to prove it.
In the video, Bruso is wearing a shirt that reads “I am a mother——.”
KGO-TV 7 has the account of his arrest at an A’s game in August:
Ballpark ushers ejected 62-year-old Thomas Bruso for a long list of violations, like bringing his own alcohol into the park, being belligerent, and using profanity. When he refused to leave his seat, three Oakland police officers were called in.
“You can see here that the individual is really agitated. He’s not picking up his belongings that are here on this seat, he’s not getting out of this seat. He’s not complying with the officer’s orders,” said Ofc. Jeff Thomason when viewing the video.
As Epic Beard Man’s fame grows, there is already a parody video on YouTube.
Disruptive fan tasered at A’s game [ABC-KGO San Francisco]
Old white guy knocks out black guy on an Oakland bus [Guyism]
I am the Epic Beard Man [All Hip Hop]
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- Lock and load, it’s youth baseball fundraising time: league raffling off AR-15 rifle (video) 8
- Sim Bhullar is a large basketball player, and I mean it. Anybody want a peanut? 0
- What’s with kids and all these death-defying stunts? 674
- Nothing to see here…just a 70-yard field goal by a high-schooler (video) 3
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