Interpreter accused of signing gibberish during Hurricane Irma briefing

17 September, 2017, 12:25 | Author: Valerie Burke
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Outrage was the response when a sign language interpreter in Florida botched the job of translating evacuation orders just before Hurricane Irma came ashore.

Marshall Greene, the so-called "interpreter" seen in the video below, is not fluent in American Sign Language. The government reportedly used a county lifeguard whose brother is deaf, and critics said they should have used a certified interpreter instead. The interpreter started signing words like "pizza, monster and bear" during an evacuation order for Hurricane Irma.

Critics said Manatee County put people in danger when they put Greene up to the task.

County leaders told WFLA that they were, "in a pinch", and needed an interpreter for the deaf.

The county often uses the company VisCom to provide interpreters, but owner Charlene McCarthy claimed she was never called.

She was shocked when she saw the press conference on television.

McCarthy said she was not given any explanation about the identity of the man signing at the briefing, or why the county made a decision to use him as an interpreter during the briefing.

McCarthy told BuzzFeed News that when she spoke to emergency officials, she also offered to provide an interpreter to the county so the deaf community there could also stay informed during broadcast briefings during Hurricane Irma.

The death community in Manatee County has asked for an apology. "I don't know why".

She followed up: 'To Deaf residents of Manatee County.

Commenters on the county's Facebook page also took note, including some who noted that their criticism of the interpreter on September 8 was not a request for the county not to use an interpreter at all.

The former president of the National Association of the Deaf knew right off the bat that something wasn't right.

County leaders have faced the brunt of the criticism for failing to organise an interpreter despite days of weather warnings.

It's not quite clear how the presentation went so wrong.

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