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H1N1 Fist Fight

Women are getting into fights in the battle to combat flu germs on public transport.

New York’s subway users have resorted to defending themselves against Swine Flu with their fists. On Monday two women got into an argument because one of them didn’t cover her mouth when she coughed. The resulting spat ended with her spitting on the other, punching her and then being dragged onto the floor by her hair. Here’s an NBC reporter’s eye witness account: “No one got the conductor — it just seemed like a shouting match — but as the train pulled into 42nd Street, the coughing woman spit on the other, provoking what sounded like a punch from the reaction of the crowd (we didn’t directly see it). Then the cougher attempted to exit the train as the doors were open, but the second woman grabbed her by the back of the hair, violently yanking her down to the floor.”


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