Video Viral

By Helen Le Caplain


A potty-mouthed pensioner was caught on camera asking his Amazon Echo device to play a folk song SEVEN TIMES after it got ‘confused’ by his broad Scottish accent.

Octogenarian Andrew Weir was left tearing his hair out after his repeated requests to play ‘The Bricklayer’s Song’ by Scottish folk group The Corries baffled the voice-activated virtual assistant – leaving his grandson howling with laughter.

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Alexa’s dulcet tones replied ‘sorry I don’t know that’, ‘I can’t find that’ and even activated a shopping list thinking he’d ordered PEAS after he implored the device to understand him, adding a hopeful ‘please’ to his request.

The hilarious two-minute video shows Andrew, and wife Rena Weir, asking the device to play the 1980 tune to no avail as their 21-year-old grandson Josh Weir roared with laughter in the background.

Grandad-of-four Andrew from Carluke, South Lanarkshire, said: “My grandson was round that night having a wee drink.

“I asked him whether he’d ever heard ‘The Bricklayer’s Song’ by The Corries.

“The song has a good story, it’s about a chap going to his work, it’s excellent so I decided to ask Alexa to play it but it didn’t understand.

“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.”

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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.

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.

“At work people think I talk differently to them – it’s quite a unique accent – which is where I think the problem was.

“I think Alexa struggling to understand is something that a lot of Scottish people can relate to.

“He doesn’t swear much so it was quite funny when you hear him calling it different swear words.

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“It’s nice to have caught that funny moment with them on camera and seeing us all having a laugh.”

Andrew’s wife, retired home help Rena, said she found the video hilarious.

Rena said: “As it was happened I just sat there shaking my head, I couldn’t believe it.

“It was a tonic watching him like that, he’s been ill so it was nice to see him that way – he didn’t realise he was doing it.”

Sports student Megan who caught it all on camera, said: “It was just a funny moment I wanted to catch and be able to look back on.”

Despite a shaky start, Andrew and Alexa seem to 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.

“When the TV’s bad I can sit back and listen to all my good music.

“It does everything, I’m glad I’ve got it. If you don’t have one you don’t know what you’re missing.”

Amazon has been approached for comment.