As a person in school to become an ASL interpreter, I am outraged that someone would do this, especially at a public funeral. I read that there are a lot of people who try to defraud the system by saying that they know how to sign, but in fact, don't. According to the article I read, this is happening in other countries because the person in charge of hiring an interpreter doesn't sign at all themselves, so they have no idea whether the "interpreter" is legitimate or not. That is wrong on so many levels.
Here I am, busting by butt to become fluent in ASL; to work in the Deaf community; to fit in as much as possible and this fool goes and does this! I study every single night for 2 hours a night; I attend every Deaf event (there are various things like theatre, bowling and social events) I can attend. Heck, I even worked a party as wait staff and I don't know how to waitress, just to have the experience.
I am so angry.
I hope he is charged with fraud and has to pay a fine or go to jail, or something.