Amazon Echo can’t understand granddad’s Scottish accent and he is not happy about it
A Scottish grandfather screamed blue murder when his Amazon Echo could not understand his accent – leaving his grandson in hysterics.
The 81-year-old asked the device seven times to play The Bricklayer’s Song by The Corries, but all he got was confusion and shopping list for peas.
Andrew Weir can be seen remonstrating with the device for over two minutes and swearing like a trooper because he obviously thought technology was supposed to make life easier not harder.
Grandad-of-four Andrew from Carluke, South Lanarkshire, said: ‘It obviously got confused by my broad Scottish accent. I tried to be polite by saying ‘please’ but it still wasn’t picking me up.
‘When I said that, it thought I said ‘peas’ which is why the Black Eyed Peas song came up. I don’t swear that often but I was just getting frustrated by the whole thing.’
Retired lorry driver Andrew and Rena, 77, were given the £199 Echo Show as a Christmas gift by daughter Rae Stewart.
Andrew, 81, said: ‘I had no idea what it was when I opened it on Christmas Day, thought it was a novelty gift. I didn’t know it was called Alexa so at first I was calling it Alexis and wasn’t getting anything.
‘After half an hour of trying to get it to work my wife told me it was called Alexa but it still wasn’t listening. I don’t know how many times I’ve looked at the video. I still find it funny, it’s because I can see Josh in the mirror – he was hysterical.’
Grandson Josh Weir and his girlfriend Megan Shields, 19, had popped round to visit his grandparents on Hogmanay (New Year’s Eve) at around 7pm.
Apprentice heating engineer Josh said: ‘We’d just gone round for a visit. It had been going on for a couple of minutes before Megan started filming.
‘I just couldn’t believe he was still trying – he was begging it to understand him.’
Now Andrew and Alexa have come to an understanding, as he’s finally mastered how to make it understand him.
Andrew said: ‘I talk a little more posh now and she understands me.’
Metro.co.uk has approached Amazon for a comment.