Interpreter Mostly Signed Nonsense During Irma Briefing

Manatee County issues storm-related debris disposal guidelines

Manatee County issues storm-related debris disposal guidelines

The deaf community was rightfully furious and demanded an apology from Manatee County officials. When Greene began signing words like "pizza", "monster" and "bear", along with other gibberish during an emergency evacuation order - those who are hard of hearing were livid. McCarthy owns VisCom, a company that regularly provides interpreters for the county.

It's a press conference no one will ever forget.

"This isn't amusing", wrote one Twitter user.

Instead, Marshall Greene talked about pizza and monsters during a press conference that made no sense to deaf people living in Florida's Manatee County. "I was totally shocked", Mr Wagner said. According to the Bradenton Herald, 11% of the county was still without power as of Saturday evening.

Greene's family told WFLA he was just doing what the county asked of him.

"It was horribly unnerving for me", said Charlene McCarthy. "I even direct messaged them [the county] and let them know what they did and why it was wrong".

Trained ASL interpreters always wear blue, black or a color where their hands will stand out.

"It was obvious to me he wasn't a professional interpreter".

Others posted YouTube videos of themselves signing what was said in the briefing.

A sign language interpreter has been accused of being a phony after taking the stage during a Hurricane Irma news conference. BuzzFeed News has not yet been able to verify the translation.

The county claimed it was "in a pinch" and was forced to use a lifeguard to convey information about the emergency evacuation order to the deaf community. She said she was horrified when she saw the broadcast.

So, now the question is - why wasn't someone called in who was a certified interpreter?

The former president of the National Association of the Deaf, Chris Wagner, who has previously worked in Manatee County, said the debacle was an insult to the deaf community.

Since her conversation with county officials on September 8, McCarthy said she has not heard from local officials about what went wrong.

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