A Florida sign language interpreter's astonishingly wrong Irma warnings has people outraged

People noticed the sign language interpreter was not a professional when he signed words such as a pizza bear and monster during the Mantee County Irma press conference

People noticed the sign language interpreter was not a professional when he signed words such as a pizza bear and monster during the Mantee County Irma press conference

The operator of a company that provides deaf interpreters to Manatee County told WPTV that it was "horribly unnerving" for her to watch the press conference.

They added he was not familiar with the language used by the officials.

"I kinda panicked for a minute, then I just knew I had to provide a transcript of what was being said for the hearing impaired", he said.

But Greene was clearly more rusty than he realized and signed words such as pizza, bear and monster during the conference.

"They said yes, for the next morning at 9:30 am", she said.

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"Everybody was talking about it on social media, everyone was shocked, asking leaders in the deaf community to do something about it", Wagner continued.

"I knew something went horribly wrong", VisCom's Charlene McCarthy said.

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

The deaf community has also asked for an apology, according to CBS New York. Chris Wagner spoke with us via interpreter from his home in Clearwater.

He added that Mr Greene was making obvious mistakes when interpreting, such as wearing a bright yellow top rather than black which would have made his hands more visible.

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That, in addition, is never done.

We spoke with the interpreter's family Tuesday night.

While non-ASL speakers can't usually tell a fraud from the real thing, members of the deaf community in Manatee County, Florida are complaining that, on September 8, county officials employed a non-fluent interpreter to update them on safety concerns regarding Hurricane Irma, including information about mandatory evacuations. The interpreter's family said he was asked by his bosses to step in and help during a crucial time.

"He can't expect to communicate something he doesn't know".

Leaders for the deaf community expressed shock over how Manatee County had handled the situation.

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