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Prank Forces Siri to Swear at a 12-year-old Boy

By - Source: Telegraph | B 35 comments

That's not very nice, Siri.

Apple's voice activated assistant Siri is a lot of things, but foul-mouthed is not one of them. However, it seems one prankster in the United Kingdom discovered a way to force Siri swear. And swear he did, at a 12-year-old boy.*

According to the Telegraph, 12-year-old Charlie Le Quesne was at the Tesco branch in Coventry when the incident occurred. The boy was playing with a display unit iPhone 4S and asked Siri the world's population. His parents were horrified when the answer the phone gave included 'shut the f*ck up you ugly tw*t.'

The mystery was quickly solved when the boy's mother, Kim, complained to Tesco staff. As any Siri user will know, the Apple assistant refers to the user by name according to what's entered in the set-up instructions. Staff say someone had tampered with this feature, entering in the phrase as the username on the phone. However, in a statement, Tesco said that it would be sending the phone back to Apple, anyway.

"We have launched an investigation. The handset will be going back to Apple for diagnostic tests," the Telegraph cites the retailer as saying.

*For those unaware, Siri has a male voice in the United Kingdom.

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    neon871 , January 4, 2012 10:06 AM
    so, who cares? 12 years old he probably heard worse in school!
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    joytech22 , January 4, 2012 10:08 AM
    Quote:
    Tesco said that it would be sending the phone back to Apple


    LOL.. That is the STUPIDEST thing I have ever heard..
    ESPECIALLY when the fix is to just change the username..

    Honestly.. It really surprises me how STUPID people are, especially when a device aimed at simplicity needs to be sent back to reset a username.

    Quote:
    "We have launched an investigation. The handset will be going back to Apple for diagnostic tests"

    To diagnose what? That the name change worked?
    Simple fix:

    1. Factory Reset Phone (Or reset to Display model feature reset)
    2. Set name

    Wow.. -.-
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    de5_Roy , January 4, 2012 10:22 AM
    12 yr old: siri cussed at me when i asked a question. :( 
    apple: You're asking the question wrong!!
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    sseyler , January 4, 2012 9:36 AM
    This is some pretty strange news.
  • 29 Hide
    Anonymous , January 4, 2012 9:50 AM
    That is AWESOME! I almost died laughing. I cannot believe it took this long for someone to pull it off. =)
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    Goldengoose , January 4, 2012 9:53 AM
    Thats hilarious - imagine the kids face!
  • 32 Hide
    neon871 , January 4, 2012 10:06 AM
    so, who cares? 12 years old he probably heard worse in school!
  • 32 Hide
    joytech22 , January 4, 2012 10:08 AM
    Quote:
    Tesco said that it would be sending the phone back to Apple


    LOL.. That is the STUPIDEST thing I have ever heard..
    ESPECIALLY when the fix is to just change the username..

    Honestly.. It really surprises me how STUPID people are, especially when a device aimed at simplicity needs to be sent back to reset a username.

    Quote:
    "We have launched an investigation. The handset will be going back to Apple for diagnostic tests"

    To diagnose what? That the name change worked?
    Simple fix:

    1. Factory Reset Phone (Or reset to Display model feature reset)
    2. Set name

    Wow.. -.-
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    monsta , January 4, 2012 10:11 AM
    This makes news?



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    de5_Roy , January 4, 2012 10:22 AM
    12 yr old: siri cussed at me when i asked a question. :( 
    apple: You're asking the question wrong!!
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    mdbrotha03 , January 4, 2012 10:51 AM
    monstaThis makes news?



    Not only did it make the news but its old news as well
  • 19 Hide
    DSpider , January 4, 2012 10:52 AM
    monstaThis makes news?

    Now you are aware of the fact that you can actually make Siri swear. Consider yourself informed.
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    billybobser , January 4, 2012 11:29 AM
    nice, that'll give him a lesson why not yo buy Apple.

    because he is a 'tw*t'
  • 16 Hide
    digitalzom-b , January 4, 2012 11:46 AM
    For diagnostics? I swear, something this stupid must have been requested by the offended parent.
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    lamorpa , January 4, 2012 11:56 AM
    It didn't seem possible, but this stupid article got even more stupid as it went along.
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    mobrocket , January 4, 2012 12:03 PM
    r we sure this kid isnt a ugly tw*t?

    maybe it was just being honest, either way why complain, i would laugh at it... 12 year old hear much worse everyday at school
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    sunflier , January 4, 2012 12:09 PM
    neon871so, who cares? 12 years old he probably heard worse in school!

    Heard worse?? I'm sure he's said worse.
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    nebun , January 4, 2012 12:10 PM
    what they really need to do is to fire everyone in that store....obviously they had the credentials to change the settings....kids these days....how do people survive in the civilian world?....it boggles my mind
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    custodian-1 , January 4, 2012 12:46 PM
    back in the 80's I could make my c-64 talk like a sailor. I used to set it to start "talking" a few hours after I left the house. It drove my mom nuts.
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    joebob2000 , January 4, 2012 1:02 PM
    Good to know that Siri is a "dude" in the UK... Wonder why Apple decided that?
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    teodoreh , January 4, 2012 1:07 PM
    Irellevant from this story, today I saw on a Google advertise on a site a dating ad that included the firefox girl in it. I believe that nowadays, the pick every single female pic they can find from public or fb and put it there -wow.
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    officeguy , January 4, 2012 1:20 PM
    Reminds me of I, Robot. Were the robot (Sonny) had to be deactivated and have some diagnostic tests run to see what was "wrong" with it. Turned out that there was nothing wrong with it, it was just program that way, just like Siri. This is probably a bad analogy but the movie just came to me me when I read it :) 
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