Siri tells British child to ‘shut the f*** up’

I think it’s safe to say we were all secretly hoping for a humorous story like this to make headlines at one point, but I never thought I’d see the day. In Coventry, England, Kim Le Quesne is reporting with utter disgust that a display model of the Apple iPhone 4S cussed at her 10-year-old son.

Apparently the son, Charlie, was shopping at a local Tesco with his father when he approached the iPhone 4S on display. Knowing of its famous Siri feature, the child innocently asked Siri how many people were in the world. The phone was unsure of his query, and then said “Shut the fuck up, you ugly twat.”

Yes, Siri swore at the child (allegedly).

Surely by now you are questioning the authenticity of this story as I am, but the mother claims it’s true and she is appalled:

“It’s verbal abuse. We can’t believe the filth it came out with. He showed my husband what the phone had said to him and my husband found the store manager and said ‘it shouldn’t be saying that’.”

The store supposedly promised her husband they would take down the display model, but they returned the next day to find that the iPhone 4S remained completely untouched.

Is this really true? It makes for a pretty interesting story to tell around the dinner table, that’s for sure, but I’m still a bit up in the air about all of this. The only people right now confirming the story are the Le Quesne family. I suppose their word is as good as anyone else’s right now.

What do you think?

[via The Register; photo via Flickr]

  • aaron

    sounds like they want free Apple products

  • scam

  • Doan

    Sounds unrealistic to me.

  • Not true there fishing for something free.

  • Slharri

    I cry semi-bull**it on this one. However, you can program Siri to call you whatever you want so it’s possible someone programmed Siri to use that response to address it’s Master. The phone coudln’t make that deciscion on it’s on though.

  • very true 
    shame on u apple:(

  • Foralder_84

    Sounds like Siri is tired of answering questions.

  • Michele Nicole

    Fake. Responses are pre-programmed. You can only change your name. It wouldn’t add anything like that. People should get a freaking life. 

  • Kingsawyer

    Probably a customer playing a prank with an unattended display model. “Siri, my name is ‘shut the f- you stupid t-”
    :] Ok, shut-the-f-you-stupid-t
    “Goodbye Siri”
    :] Goodbye, shut-the-f-you-stupid-t

  • Mhot702

    BS story. Some other shopper programmed it. This is why technology is not for everyone.

  • Andyclee


  • Ononomous

    Yes it  is true you obviously haven’t read the whole of the official BBC article 😛 It says that someone set the name as those words as a retarded prank. Whoever wrote this go read the official artocle.

  • Anonymous

    This is true. My Furby is just as abusive.

  • wtH

    maybe siri has her own life… what are we in 2099??

  • She’s becoming self-aware…..

  • Programming Siri with a swear word for your name is the 21st century equivalent of typing swear words on floor model computers for the next customer to see after you leave.

  • OMG! SIRI, she is alive!

  • Tony NoName

    So Steve was re-incarnated after all in Siri? OMG…. lol…. just knowing those are words only Steve Jobs could get away with in public, because he’s dead. Errrrr…. was til re-incarnating as Siri!  … obviously that iPhone 4s is POSSESSED by the Evil Megalomaniacal Mind of Steve Jobs!

  • I don’t believe it.

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