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Software glitch renders parking ‘verboten’ at UK garage

The Local · 1 Feb 2010, 10:12

Published: 01 Feb 2010 10:12 GMT+01:00

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According to the BBC over the weekend, the Brunel Street machine begins operating in German due to a December software change put in place when the city hosted its Frankfurt Christmas Market.

“Maybe the machine got confused,” a city council spokesperson told the BBC.

The city plans to fix the problem this week, while attendants have put up a sign to help drivers translate the German-language commands.

"It is quite funny, but I don't understand how that can happen," one driver told the broadcaster.

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A similar problem reportedly happened several years ago to visitors of the city’s so-called “Brum Eye,” an enormous temporary Ferris wheel. Instead of English explanations, tourists were treated to French dialogue that described Paris.

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10:22 February 1, 2010 by Edin

this is actually very funny..... I can imagine an old Mrs Buket type true English being frustrated.... hahaha
10:32 February 1, 2010 by dbert4
So what's wrong with all of this? The brits needed to be reminded from time to time that they are actually European.
10:41 February 1, 2010 by wood artist
Verboten is about as English as anything else. Even in the US the term gets used. It might be slang, and I can see being a bit surprised when it shows up on a machine, but the meaning is hardly a mystery to most folks.

10:43 February 1, 2010 by Celeon

Imagine how a unsuspecting brit pushes a button on that thing and it goes like :


"Zee car park ist full !"

"Yor Britisch Leyland car ist alzo old und dirty ant is zerefor VERBOTEN to park hier anyway !" ROFL
11:16 February 1, 2010 by LMB222
It looks like the Monty Python team might be back at work!
17:44 February 1, 2010 by mit141284
Haha, hilarious, I have been there when this happened once, I did not think the story would make it onto the news. Das ist gut!
20:27 February 1, 2010 by davemasonuk
15:03 February 3, 2010 by kotapzero
English is medieval german anyway.
18:49 February 4, 2010 by Davey-jo
@ kotapzero

On the contrary, German is medieval English ...
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