Dear El País: If you’re going to rely on faulty machine translation, do at least remove the mouseovers which display the original language

Roll your mouse over this copy-paste from CiberPaís, which copy-pasted from whichever MT tool they’re on (via the excellent Malaprensa):

Hasta ahora, la ciudad de Cupertino devolvía el 50% de los impuestos que recibía de Apple por las ventas de la empresa. En el futuro, la ciudad solo devolverá el 35% de esas tasas.

The translation is of course fucked, but El País is kind enough not to byline whichever sub-minimum-wage sucker is directly responsible.

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