For the past year, Spanish-speaking parents in Milford, Delaware, who brought their children to the playground facilities near the Lulu M. Ross and Mispillion elementary schools were greeted by a sign that warned them of possible police action if they attempted to use the playground without the proper permit.
That might have been fine, if not for the fact that the English version of the same sign required no such permit from visitors, only adequate parental supervision.
As to how the Spanish translation came to diverge so far from its English counterpart, Kohel offered this possible explanation:
The only reason she can think of is that someone duplicated the signs that are posted at the districts middle school and high schools. At those locations, where there are sports fields, there are warnings in English and Spanish that use permits are required and that violators are subject to police action.