There are so many things that bother me about the following CNN article. Here's how it begins...
This is the first and most obvious. A young girl's feet were cut off on an amusement park ride.
A girl's feet were cut off Thursday when a free-fall thrill ride malfunctioned at the Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom Amusement Park in Louisville, Kentucky, police said.
An unidentified witness told CNN affiliate WLKY she saw a cable on the ride snap. "The people on the ride just came and hit the ground," she said. "When I got up there, the lady she was just sitting there, and she didn't have no legs..."
This is the second. "She didn't have no legs!"
I seen the car go up. Then, like, the cable broke, I heard -- pwchh -- and I heard a lot of people screaming," Chris Stinnett, who was at a ride next to the Superman Tower of Power, told WDRB/WMYO.
"I seen the car go up..." This is the third.
And still moving on...
"The cable went under the car -- and I seen it pull up and hit a lot of people -- and I seen them bring their legs up," Stinnett said.
Yes, he seen it two more times. That was the fourth and fifth.
Now, I realize it's a reporter's responsibility to accurately quote people when reporting news, but changing "no" to "any" and "seen" to "saw" wouldn't have changed the meaning of what these illiterate folks had to say. But since he left it verbatim, I find myself worrying more about the education system in the state of Kentucky than this poor girl's legs.
NOTE: Tracy from Kentucky posted a comment saying that she doesn't speak this way and is not a hillbilly. When I was writing this, I was thinking, I know people from Kentucky are going to think I'm making fun of them. Please realize that I'm not making fun of everyone from Kentucky—I'm just making fun of the illiterate people from Kentucky. ;)