Now I know An Ex-Expat works for the census, and he seems to be a reasonable sort, so this rant only applies to the Census workers at the Sanford Florida Office.
So back in April…I filled out my form. I mailed it by the deadline. I felt like I was participating in the count like a good doo-bee.
In May, I got a notice that a census worker had visited my apartment. I called left a message this worker never called back. I figured no big deal, I had already filled out the form.
So Last week, I get woken up at Noon by a loud banging on the door. I live in a large complex and children are often getting their friends houses mixed up…so since I was not expecting anyone or a package and I was asleep…I did not answer.
I admit. I forgot to call the Census lady back immediately.
So two days later, 1 pm… I am fast asleep….Bang bang bang…..
Its now Friday afternoon. I figured I'd call Monday.
Saturday around 4 pm.
Census again……except I was actually out walking the dog.
So this morning, I call the Office, I figure whatever they need they can get done at the office.
I talk to someone who actually asks me and I quote,
"After you filled out the form in April, did you actually mail it, using the US postal service?"
I wanted to tell him no, I sent it on the wings of fairy dust, but I decided not to bother.
I tell the man yes, and he says. well, we didn't get it.
Then he tells me that I can be visited again or do a phone interview at a later time.
I try to explain to him that I do not want to be bothered yet again by the Census.
He essentially hangs up on me saying he apparently can answer the phone at the office but can not do the 10 question interview.
So I call back the other number for the actual census taker. Of course, I get an answering machine. I explain that she is under no uncertain terms not to ever knock on my door again.
She calls back, saying she doesn't know which apartment i am in.
I give her 5 pieces of info and then she thanks me and hangs up. I wonder if she will be making up my income and age?
So after my experience with the Census, I do not think it is going to give any sort of accurate information at all, plus it is annoying a heck of a lot of people out there……
I am glad that so many people have jobs via the census, despite the fact that I am not sure that quite so many of them actually need to be employed….
It has been months since I lost my temper. So I guess I was due.