Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Stalked By Census Maniac


OMG as they say in LA. I am being HOUNDED by a census taker! I mailed in my forms late, and so they decided someone had to come to my door and count me. Well, it wasn’t a convenient time since I was on the phone with some VITAL Terrell Owens bizniz, so I made an appt for Saturday at 1pm. They showed up at 6pm and I thought – you know what? (curse words here YOU). I mailed in my forms. I did my duty albeit late. Now they have Dog The Census Hunter on my case! He comes 3 and 4 times a day. I refuse to answer my door and answer his stupid questions. Sunday, I locked my gate and he climbed over it!!! And just now he tried to TRICK me! He rang the doorbell, the dogs barked. Oh…. it seems he left. But no! He was still there! He rang again and then KICKED MY DOOR! BOOM! Hahahaha. I am probably going to be arrested before this whole thing is over. But I have enjoyed writing here, I love you all. And I will be posting from the Gray Bar Hotel next!

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  1. Profile Photo Member

    I live in a block house with 6 apartments. I am the only native English speaker here. Some have a little skill but mostly Chinese speakers. So, I hear this commotion outside and walk out on the second floor walkway. The downstairs neighbor is banging on doors trying to find someone who was home, sees me and points to the two other people saying “you speak English” and runs back into her apartment and slams the door. What happens next is really frightening with what these loons could do with little effort.

    The line of questions asked were about previous tenants of the building and if I knew when they moved, where they moved and how long the current occupants had lived there. I don’t know where they learn their interrogation techniques, but it wasn’t a good feeling. At one point I was asked if I knew the land lord phone number and I said I didn’t. “How do you contact them if something goes wrong. Are you sure you don’t have it?” “How do you pay your rent?” Does he come here often? When will he be here again?” This is where I stopped answering questions.

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    • May 25, 2010, at 3:45 AM PDT
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  2. Mac Cowan Inactive

    Hang tough! He gets paid with your money for everyone he counts.

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    • May 25, 2010, at 8:09 AM PDT
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  3. Profile Photo Member

    Had my run-in with a Census taker a couple of weeks ago. She balked when I refused to give my name and other personal information and tried to convince me that everything was kept in the strictest confidentiality. Heck, she even offered to show me the Census Burear privacy policy (they have little pamphlets ready to go to handle that very objection!). I smiled at her pleasantly and said, “Ma’am, I work for the state government. I know the difference between what it says will happen and what really happens when people get involved”. She admitted that I had a point and we finished up pretty quickly after that.

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    • May 26, 2010, at 7:06 AM PDT
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  4. Fredösphere Member
    FredösphereJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Stalker: yet another job where gov’t workers are squeezing out the private sector.

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    • May 26, 2010, at 8:44 AM PDT
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  5. Melanie Graham Contributor
    Melanie Graham

    Jimmie – and then she punched you?

    Fredo, hahaha.

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    • May 26, 2010, at 10:28 AM PDT
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  6. Melanie Graham Contributor
    Melanie Graham

    This morning, I looked at my door and now I can further report that he kicked my door so hard that he broke the latch and cracked the wood. I am speechless.

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    • May 26, 2010, at 11:43 AM PDT
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  7. Melanie Graham Contributor
    Melanie Graham

    Well, not completely speechless. Obviously.

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    • May 26, 2010, at 11:43 AM PDT
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  8. Profile Photo Member

    I got this info from one of my mates…who leads one of the teams…

    hummmm “paste” doesn’t work here,,,,



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    • May 28, 2010, at 6:38 AM PDT
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  9. James Poulos Contributor

    Clif — try CTRL + v to paste (or command + v on a Mac). You may have had a problem if you tried pasting in something over the word limit for comments (which is displayed just below the text box).

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    • May 28, 2010, at 8:08 AM PDT
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  10. Melanie Graham Contributor
    Melanie Graham

    Clif, you tease.

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    • May 31, 2010, at 10:03 AM PDT
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  11. Andrea Ryan Member
    Andrea RyanJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    If you live in a very conservative county of a very conservative state you get…a normal census worker. And after you answer the questions you spend the next 15 minutes debating over which of you abhors the current administration more. I bet my neighbor went duck hunting with him.

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    • May 31, 2010, at 11:56 AM PDT
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