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Census worker won't take no for answer
chicagotribune.com ^ | April 1, 2011 | Jon Yates

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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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption
KEYWORDS: acs; census; censusbureau

1 posted on 04/01/2011 2:54:31 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

Scott.

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.

Sheesh!


2 posted on 04/01/2011 2:59:39 PM PDT by Howie66 (I can see November (2012) from my house.)
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To: BenLurkin

I thoroughly lied on mine. It’s one of the few pleasures other than voting I have to screw with this government.


3 posted on 04/01/2011 3:00:56 PM PDT by DeusExMachina05 (I will not go into Dhimmitude quietly.)
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To: BenLurkin

Fava beans and a nice chianti.


4 posted on 04/01/2011 3:01:25 PM PDT by Poison Pill
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To: BenLurkin

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.”


5 posted on 04/01/2011 3:01:28 PM PDT by Cicero
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To: BenLurkin
"We won't bug him anymore in the next several days," Walsh, "The commie beaurcrat", said.

But next week they will be back and more determined!

6 posted on 04/01/2011 3:02:42 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: BenLurkin

Get a dog.
A really BIG DOG........


7 posted on 04/01/2011 3:03:25 PM PDT by SECURE AMERICA
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To: BenLurkin

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.


8 posted on 04/01/2011 3:03:52 PM PDT by surely_you_jest
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To: Howie66

Introduce the Census Toad to your Rottweiler. Or, your friend Mr. Beretta.


9 posted on 04/01/2011 3:03:57 PM PDT by tgusa (Investment plan: blued steel, brass, lead, copper)
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To: DeusExMachina05

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.


10 posted on 04/01/2011 3:04:23 PM PDT by hobbes1 (Hobbes1TheOmniscient® "I know everything so you don't have to...." ;)
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To: surely_you_jest

Prying Questions. Not answers. Sheesh.


11 posted on 04/01/2011 3:05:16 PM PDT by surely_you_jest
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To: BenLurkin

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.


12 posted on 04/01/2011 3:05:25 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: BenLurkin

The second time, answer the door holding your shotgun and say nothing.


13 posted on 04/01/2011 3:10:47 PM PDT by faucetman (Just the facts ma'am, just the facts)
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To: BenLurkin

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.


14 posted on 04/01/2011 3:18:45 PM PDT by Flying right
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To: BenLurkin

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.


15 posted on 04/01/2011 3:19:21 PM PDT by bgill (Kenyan Parliament - how could a man born in Kenya who is not even a native American become the POTUS)
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To: BenLurkin

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.


16 posted on 04/01/2011 3:19:50 PM PDT by Flying right
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To: hobbes1
Yep, mine protrayed me as "Super Cracker." I'd have filled out ten of 'em if they were on-line.

I am Honkey, hear me lock and load.

17 posted on 04/01/2011 3:20:37 PM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (The less I say, the more I'm right...)
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To: BenLurkin

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.


18 posted on 04/01/2011 3:22:43 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: BenLurkin

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


19 posted on 04/01/2011 3:24:29 PM PDT by Gaffer
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To: BenLurkin

The only way they will quit pestering you is by writing & complaining to your congressman


20 posted on 04/01/2011 3:28:25 PM PDT by Anna W
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To: Howie66

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.


21 posted on 04/01/2011 3:31:54 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s ( If you can remember the 60s....you weren't really there)
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To: BenLurkin

Cough in their faces as you apologize for having been fighting SARS ever since that trip to Indonesia a few year back.


22 posted on 04/01/2011 3:34:58 PM PDT by NoLibZone (Impeach Obama & try him for treason / Homosexuals reject diversity / Unions finally caught for theft)
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To: Gaffer

Answer the door in your underwear. Act crazy.


23 posted on 04/01/2011 3:36:00 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: BenLurkin

Call the cops. (but hide your dog so the cops don’t shoot it)


24 posted on 04/01/2011 3:38:23 PM PDT by Drango (NO-vember is payback for April 15th)
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To: BenLurkin
I shut the door, and she kept ringing the doorbell and tapping on the window."

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?

25 posted on 04/01/2011 3:42:25 PM PDT by varon (Allegiance to the Constitution, always. Allegiance to a party, never!)
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To: BenLurkin

I’m still dealing with this nonsense. I’ve gotten to the point where I started threatening to call the police.


26 posted on 04/01/2011 3:46:16 PM PDT by Txngal
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To: BenLurkin

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.


27 posted on 04/01/2011 3:46:36 PM PDT by bikerman (Where Has My America Gone?)
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To: BenLurkin

We made funny faces at him through the windows. Never once opened the door.....


28 posted on 04/01/2011 3:51:09 PM PDT by Trteamer ( (Eat Meat, Wear Fur, Own Guns, FReep Leftists, Drive an SUV, Drill A.N.W.R., Drill the Gulf, Vote)
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To: BenLurkin

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.


29 posted on 04/01/2011 3:52:16 PM PDT by majormaturity
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To: majormaturity

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.


30 posted on 04/01/2011 4:00:32 PM PDT by No Socialist
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To: BenLurkin
Christopher Walken answers Census questions
31 posted on 04/01/2011 4:01:40 PM PDT by mikey_hates_everything
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To: BenLurkin

Have they thought of moving?


32 posted on 04/01/2011 4:05:26 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (Radioactive plume to hit USA. President Obama and family fly to Brazil)
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To: ChildOfThe60s

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.


33 posted on 04/01/2011 4:14:43 PM PDT by Howie66 (I can see November (2012) from my house.)
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To: BenLurkin
the questions need to be answered, even if the answer is I refuse to answer that question.

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.

34 posted on 04/01/2011 4:18:02 PM PDT by centurion316
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To: NoLibZone

LOL Best suggestion yet.


35 posted on 04/01/2011 4:23:27 PM PDT by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/15/08 and why?)
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To: BenLurkin
1. Do not answer the door unless you are expecting visitors. Ever.

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.

36 posted on 04/01/2011 4:29:12 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: trisham

5.Install a trap door on the porch that leads to the sewer.


37 posted on 04/01/2011 4:38:45 PM PDT by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: BenLurkin

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.


38 posted on 04/01/2011 4:45:54 PM PDT by forgotten man (forgotten man)
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To: Bigh4u2

LOL!


39 posted on 04/01/2011 4:48:14 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: BenLurkin
I did put two very big and noisy dogs on my front porch. Then I told the lady I would turn them loose on her if she ever came back.
No more problem at the house. She did go across the street and ask my neighbors. They told her some crazy guy lived there with big mean dogs and they couldn't talk about him.
40 posted on 04/01/2011 4:51:50 PM PDT by oldenuff2no (Rangers lead the way...... Delta, the original European home land security)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

Oh yeah! Nothing more uninviting than a saggy old
scrote with the two nads pokin’ out!


41 posted on 04/01/2011 5:38:26 PM PDT by Gaffer
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To: BenLurkin

“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.


42 posted on 04/01/2011 7:02:20 PM PDT by WKUHilltopper (Fix bayonets!)
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To: bgill; Gaffer; NoLibZone; pachysandra
Strip down buck naked, walk around, cough and wheeze and scratch everywhereand insist they sit down. And ask repeatedly why the gov't hasn't cured (put favorite communicative VD here) And offer coffee, cookies etc. And after you have relieved that itch, be sure to touch him/her like a good friend, shake hands shoulders etc. After all they can't charge you for indecency, public nudity in the privacy of your own home!!!
43 posted on 04/02/2011 9:07:54 AM PDT by RedMonqey (What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly)
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To: Gaffer

A well-filled shoulder holster when answering the door works for me...


44 posted on 04/02/2011 2:10:28 PM PDT by TXnMA (Remember the Alamo! Remember Goliad! REPEAT San Jacinto!!!)
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To: BenLurkin

Of late the US Census Bureau has been knocking on our door and sending threatening letters if we do not complete their survey. We are told that we will be fined if we do not complete the MANDATORY survey, that our defiance will be reported to the Justice Department. They site Title 13, Section 141, 193 and 212 of the 2010 Decennial Census. I site the Constitution and Bill of Right. They picked the wrong guy to start telling me what I need to divulge to them about my personal matters. It is now bordering on harassment.

Anyone else targeted?


45 posted on 03/09/2014 9:04:39 PM PDT by UpInArms (without failure there's no success only slavery)
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To: BenLurkin

“she kept ringing the doorbell and tapping on the window.” “

Call the police and have her arrested for trespassing and harassment.


46 posted on 03/09/2014 9:12:21 PM PDT by CodeToad (Keeping whites from talking about blacks is verbal segregation!)
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To: forgotten man
I was selected for the in depth household survey. They wanted to see all of my bills and bank statements

I think that was a scam to get your bank info.

The only survey I can find called "in depth household survey" was done on primitive tribes in New Guinea (Ok, and a few other third world countries).

47 posted on 03/09/2014 9:43:39 PM PDT by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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To: hobbes1
I invited her in, let her sit on the couch, offered coffee...and then screwed
48 posted on 03/09/2014 9:45:38 PM PDT by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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