Skip to comments.Census worker won't take no for answer
Posted on 04/01/2011 2:54:29 PM PDT by BenLurkin
The first few requests were tolerable. A Census Bureau worker would knock on John and Beverly Scott's door and ask them to fill out an American Community Survey. The McKinley Park couple would politely decline.
But as the days passed, the visits became more frequent and the requests more urgent.
Some evenings, the doorbell would ring at dinnertime, then again at 10 p.m.
"I'm generally a nice guy. I didn't want to shut the door in her face," John Scott said. "I said, 'I'm not going to answer your questions.' She kept saying, 'You've got to, you've got to.' I shut the door, and she kept ringing the doorbell and tapping on the window."
It isn't that the Scotts are anti-government or are philosophically opposed to the census. The couple filled out their decennial form last year, answering every question.
But they're not too keen on the American Community Survey, a more in-depth, ongoing questionnaire the Census Bureau conducts to compile information on area demographics, consumer patterns and economic issues.
In particular, the Scotts did not want to answer questions they found too personal, such as inquiries about their income, when they left for work and their health.
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Let me bring you up to speed, hoss.
Have you ever heard the saying that “Nice guys finish last”?
It’s a fact of life.
Right up there with “When you tolerate bad behavior, that’s exactly what you can expect”.
Man up. Do what you need to do and stop the harassment.
I thoroughly lied on mine. It’s one of the few pleasures other than voting I have to screw with this government.
Fava beans and a nice chianti.
One interesting comment. I don’t know if this is correct or not, but it sounds as if he knows what he’s talking about.
ok, the way I explained it when I worked for census, is that the questions need to be answered, even if the answer is I refuse to answer that question. That is an answer. Let the census worker ask each question and say I refuse to answer that question.
Than your done after all the questions are answered, even if that answer is “I refuse to answer that question.”
But next week they will be back and more determined!
Get a dog.
A really BIG DOG........
Remember the old Long Form Census Questionnaire? The one with all the prying answers? The one no one got a couple of years ago?
It has been replaced by the American Community Survey questionnaire. Which, by the way, the Census Toads plan on sending out a lot more often.
Introduce the Census Toad to your Rottweiler. Or, your friend Mr. Beretta.
Yup. Attractive woman, very polite, but mindless.
I invited her in, let her sit on the couch, offered coffee...and then screwed with every demographic question asked.
Prying Questions. Not answers. Sheesh.
About the third time I would have thrown her ass off the porch physically and told her that if she came back I would file charges of trespassing, harassment, and stalking.
The second time, answer the door holding your shotgun and say nothing.
We had a similar pscho-stalker census worker. Called us. Stopped by our house several times. Letters. Asking for other family members phone numbers who didn’t even live with us. It was crazy. She gave up, though, after a month.
1) Next time have a friend dressed in black and all teary-eyed answer the door. Tell them the family did a murder/suicide and the note they left was it was all due to the annoying government census workers.
2) Or put a for sale sign up or a condemned letter on the front door. Act like no one is home.
3) Or put up a fence, lock the gate, and put up a no trespassing sign. If they get in, call the cops.
We had a similar psycho-stalker census worker. Called us. Stopped by our house several times. Letters. Asking for other family members phone numbers who didn’t even live with us. Begging to speak with other family members in the house. It was crazy. She gave up, though, after a month.
I am Honkey, hear me lock and load.
I answer the questions authorized by the Constitution honestly.
Oh, and I answer the rest of the questions, too... try to have fun with it and amuse myself.
I’d answer the door with my Cowboy SAA gunbelt on and say no. If that didn’t work, the Bianchi shoulder holster, Miami Classic with the 45
The only way they will quit pestering you is by writing & complaining to your congressman
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