ME: The news can’t get any more bizarre…
PHONY SIGN LANGUAGE LADY: Hold my beer…
An imposter sign language interpreter crashed a Tampa police press conference, where officers were announcing a major arrest in the recent Seminole Heights murders. So hearing-impaired people trying to learn about the arrest of a suspected serial killer received total gibberish — or what everyone hears from Trump on a daily basis.
When Tampa police Chief Brian Dugan announced the arrest of Howell Donaldson, “interpreter” Derlyn Roberts — whose credential weren’t checked before waltzing into the conference — was there beside him, making signs that made no sense.
“She sat up there and waved her arms like she was singing Jingle Bells,” Rachell Settambrino, who is deaf and is an instructor at the American Sign Language at the University of South Florida, told the Tampa Bay Times through an interpreter.
One of the things Roberts — who, not surprisingly, has multiple arrests on fraud charges — signed, according to Settambrino, was the following: “Fifty-one hours ago, zero 12 22 (indecipherable) murder three minutes in 14 weeks ago in old (indecipherable) murder four five 55,000 plea 10 arrest murder bush (indecipherable) three age 24.”