This Florida County Used An Interpreter Who Signed "Gibberish" During Hurricane Irma


"To watch that, knowing I could provide a qualified, certified interpreter". "It was obvious to me that he wasn't in a professional interpreter right off the bat, and then when he started signing, I was totally shocked", he said.

Manatee County leaders asked Marshall Greene to pitch in shortly before they were to address the public with "crucial" information, New York Post said in a report.

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

Instead, she said, members of the county's deaf community were left having to rely on relatives who could hear, or texted friends and family to try to get updates on what was happening as Hurricane Irma struck Florida.

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Greene, who uses the sign language to communicate with his brother, signed words unrelated to what the speaker was saying at the news conference, it said.

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

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

He also wore a yellow top - interpreters usually wear a colour that contrasts against their skin tone, making their hands stand out.

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He feels like this was a slap in the face, especially since he used to work in Manatee County for many years.

"Everyone was talking about it on social media, and everyone was shocked and asking the leaders in deaf community to do something about", said Chris Wagner, former president of the National Association for the Deaf.

We spoke with the interpreter's family Tuesday night.

There was outrage among the deaf community when it emerged that a sign language interpreter who warned about "bears and monsters" ahead of Hurricane Irma, was an amateur with no expertise for the role.

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The hearing impaired community is demanding an apology from Manatee County.

"He can't expect to communicate something he doesn't know", Greene's father told the station.

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