This Hurricane Irma sign language interpreter has people furious


'To watch that, knowing I could provide a qualified, certified interpreter'.

But they definitely didn't need to worry about pizza, bears, or monsters, despite what deaf and hard of hearing residents were warned by a sign language interpreter working for Manatee County during a press conference on the incoming storm.

"This person doesn't know even BASIC SIGN LANGUAGE!" one person wrote.

Greene's father told WFLA that his son was doing the best he could under the circumstances, saying, "He can't expect to communicate something he doesn't know".

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

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

"It was horribly unnerving for me".

A sign language interpreter has been accused of being a phony after taking the stage during a Hurricane Irma news conference. So they called on a county employee, a man named Marshall Greene who works as a member of the marine rescue unit in the county as a lifeguard.

Members of the local deaf community have demanded an apology from Manatee County, saying the error was unsafe and put lives at risk. She said she was horrified when she saw the broadcast. "I don't know why". County leaders tell WFLA they learned a lesson after making a mistake.

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 woman that called said she spoke with the higher-ups and they told her they would cancel and there would be no interpreter at all".

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.

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