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.
(Excerpt) Read more at chicagotribune.com ...
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It has been replaced by the American Community Survey questionnaire.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
They kept calling me, and then threatened me with fines. I finally filled it in and lied as much as possible.
Trouble is, you know the f**ks will sic the IRS on you and then it’s never ending grief.
I can’t think of a better example of why there should be a genuine revolt in this country.
Cough in their faces as you apologize for having been fighting SARS ever since that trip to Indonesia a few year back.
Answer the door in your underwear. Act crazy.
Call the cops. (but hide your dog so the cops don’t shoot it)
Do these cockroaches have the full protection of a federal official so that it would be a federal offense when knocked on their ass or would it be just an assault & battery?
I’m still dealing with this nonsense. I’ve gotten to the point where I started threatening to call the police.
we never filled out our form they finally came to the house and we both told them 2 people live here thats all the info I am giving then I said pardon me but I want to finish cleaning my shotgun thank you. never came back.
We made funny faces at him through the windows. Never once opened the door.....
Total BS that the masters think we slaves have to obey. The constitution required a census (a count) of the population for the sole purpose of determining how many reps a state got in the House. It is long past time when we should refuse to be slaves anymore.
He’s just lucky Big Sis didn’t find him on the public street or she would have given him a strip search, it’s her right.
Have they thought of moving?
I had one come by my house. I told them that I already filled out the form and that they would gather no further data, here.
I was polite but I also made it known that I would take no further guff over it. I believe that they got the message.
I have no tolerance for foolishness.
Really? Is there some statutory authority for this? This is not the Census, it is a sample survey and is not required by the Constitution. Invite them to come armed with a court order the next time they pay a call.
I don't object to responding to anonymous surveys, but I believe that these surveys have selected your household from the Census data, therefore they know who you are and can link the responses to some tracking number on the data response sheets. Now, they may not do this under ordinary circumstances, but the fact that they can should give us all pause. Tell them to go to Google, they know everything about us.
LOL Best suggestion yet.
2. Do not answer the phone unless caller ID alerts you that it is someone that you know.
3. If by chance, you are passing by the door and someone is there looking through the window, waive merrily and mouth "No thank you" and walk away.
4. Have a long driveway, if possible.
5.Install a trap door on the porch that leads to the sewer.
I was selected for the in depth household survey. They wanted to see all of my bills and bank statements. They wanted to know about my ATM withdrawals. I told them to f*&# off everytime they banged on my door. After more than a year they gave up. What a nightmare.
Oh yeah! Nothing more uninviting than a saggy old
scrote with the two nads pokin’ out!
“The Problem Solver called Jack Walsh, survey supervisor with the American Community Survey’s Chicago regional office. Walsh said the survey is required by law and helps determine such things as the Consumer Price Index and how federal funding is allocated.”
Liar. So what’s the CPI or federal funding got to do with asking questions regarding health and what time you leave for work?
And “scoop” lets them escape this question.
A well-filled shoulder holster when answering the door works for me...
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