An On-Air Interpreter Has Been Accused Of Signing Gibberish During Hurricane Irma

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

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.

That's when, "in a pinch", they called Marshall Greene to communicate using sign language, according to WFLA.

A sign language interpreter hired for a Hurricane Irma briefing is being criticized for reportedly signing warnings about "pizza" and "monsters" rather than translating officials' remarks.

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.

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

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

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Her company, VisCom - short for visual communications - provides interpreters for the county all the time.

"I knew something went horribly wrong", said business owner Charlene McCarthy. County leaders tell WFLA they learned a lesson after making a mistake.

We spoke with the interpreter's family Tuesday night.

Deaf citizens of Manatee County tuned into the urgent Irma press conference last Friday only to find the amateur interpreter signing gibberish. The interpreter's family said he was asked by his bosses to step in and help during a crucial time.

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

His father, who was not named, told WFLA: "He can't expect to communicate something he doesn't know".

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