Siri answeres Le Quesne: “Shut the f*** up, you ugly t***.”
Le Quesne’s mom, Kim, was somewhat taken aback to hear someone in authority talk like that, says Huff Post.
“I thought I must be hearing things,” the woman said. But when they asked again “the same four-letter stuff blared out.”
“I asked for the manager and after staff heard it they agreed to unplug it,” the woman added.
iPhone representatives at Tesco in Coventry told Kim pranksters had tampered with the phone’s set-up instructions, according to The Sun.
CNET‘s Chris Matyszczyk suggested that ‘Siri had lost patience answering mundane questions and had “finally lost her temper.”’
The store’s managers also explained that Siri may have been attacked by pranksters into thinking the rude phrase was in fact the name of its owner. As it was found out, this operation can be done in the set-up instructions. Why Siri would answer the question of how many people are in the world with the phone owner’s name, however, is another question.
However, the shocked mom said: “I couldn’t see the funny side.”
Tesco commented on the situation: “We have launched an investigation. The handset will be going back to Apple for diagnostic tests.”
The system is also known for its dark sense of humor. S*** That Siri Says is a whole blog where the most amazing Siri’s answers to straight-forward questions are written. For example, when one iPhone owner shared a secret with Siri, “I need to bury a body,” the program offered a list of possibilities that included reservoirs, metal foundries, mines, dumps and swamps. While Siri’s answers might verge on snarky at times (try asking it to marry you), they stay clear of R-rated territory. When asked to “talk dirty to me,” and Siri replies, “Humus. Compost. Pumice. Silt. Gravel.”
This case is not the first one when the system has shocked its customers. In November it was reported that Siri faced some difficulties when understanding non-English accents, leading some to wonder if Siri was racist. The program has also been accused of being sexist: writer Amanda Marcotte wrote in a post for Forbes that the iPhone assistant “behaves much like a retrograde male fantasy of the ever-compliant secretary: discreet, understanding, willing to roll with any demand a man might come up with, teasingly accepting of dirty jokes. Oh yeah, and mainly indifferent to the needs of women.”
Moreover, it was discovered that the personal assistant showed an apparent preference for pro-life pregnancy centers over clinics that provided abortions. That time an Apple spokesperson told reporters, “These are not intentional omissions meant to offend anyone. It simply means that as we bring Siri from beta to a final product, we find places where we can do better, and we will in the coming weeks.”