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Interpreter Praised for Signing “Startled by Deer” in Press Conference

The interpreter had to think quickly as she signed the bizarre news story.

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People are praising an Australian Sign Language (Auslan) Interpreter for after signing her way through a bizarre press conference in New South Wales (NSW).

The press conference shed light on a rather strange local news story which was given by NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller. Fuller gave a very detailed account of the incident which took place this week in Sydney. 

According to the Commissioner’s report, two men had been “sunbaking” naked, apparently got startled by a deer, and fled into the forest of a nearby National Park before becoming hopelessly lost. 

And yes, this is a 100% REAL story. Check out the video below:

Credit: Guardian Australia / YouTube

Not only were people blown away by the utter ridiculousness of the story, but many people were in awe of the interpreter’s on the spot signing. 

The interpreter had to think quickly as she signed phrases such as “sunbaking naked”, “startled by a deer” and “ran into a national park.” 

As the video made its way to social media, many viewers were in awe of the interpreter’s quick signing skills and the way she handled the odd phrases, as one commented: “This is the best thing today! Thank you to the two men for sun baking, the deer for startling, the policeman for retelling the story and the Auslan interpreter for retelling it beautifully!”

Another wrote: “That Auslan lady deserves an OSCAR for not breaking character during that performance.”

Credit: Guardian Australia / YouTube

The story was brought to public attention as the men found themselves requiring a police rescue squad in order to locate them and bring them to safety. 

In addition, the men were subsequently issued with a $1000 AUD (£547) fine for travelling outside of the Greater Sydney area in defiance of local lockdown restrictions. 

Sydney residents were told from the 28th June that they had to stay at home for a two-week lockdown unless absolutely necessary (i.e. for groceries) following 18 new Coronavirus cases. 

Talking about the breach of lockdown restrictions, Commissioner Fuller added: “It’s difficult to legislate against idiots,” he said. “But clearly putting people at risk by leaving home without a proper reason, and I think then not only on top of that but then getting lost in the national park and diverting important resources away from the health operation, I think they should be embarrassed.

“But, again, they both received a $1,000 fine.”

Despite the breach of lockdown regulations, we can all agree that the interpreter did a super job. For more amazing sign language clips check out this compilation of interpreters at heavy metal concerts.

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