Harassment by the Census Bureau
I am sure many of you are having the same problems I am with the US Census Bureau. I am annoyed, frustrated and quite frankly frightened. By frightened, I mean I am feeling harassed, bullied, and stalked – it is downright creepy. Since I am the one home all day, I am getting the brunt of it.
We, like good U.S. Citizens, filled out the US Census form the minute we received it, and promptly mailed it back. Several weeks ago, we started to get telephone calls – the caller I.D. said “US Census Bureau”. Needless to say, we did not answer it. We filled out our form and returned it, they have all the information they need. I started looking around online and found that many others are being harassed by the US Census Bureau as well, via phone calls and/or visits to their home.
I cannot tell you the number of times they have called my house. They have called early in the morning, in the afternoon (while I am trying to take a much needed nap), at dinner time, or in the evening while I am trying to enjoy time with my family. This is a complete invasion of our privacy, and I am fed up.
I posted about this on Facebook and here are the reactions I got from friends:
We have people walking around the neighborhood. How many times do I need to tell them that nobody lives in the foreclosed house next door?
We sent in the form – took the first call and then stopped taking the calls (your right – thank goodness for caller ID). Now we have people visiting us at the house! How many times do we need to be counted??
We filled ours out… but they sent some guys to our house… pfft.. your tax dollars at work!
Filled the form and mailed right away. They followed-up with 2 letters and 1 visit while we were gone, they have not yet returned. No phone calls however.
Where does it end? How long will the census takers stalk me? If I had to guess, I would say they have called my house at least twenty times. After what I read online about what others are experiencing, I have no intention of answering the phone. Apparently they say they just want to confirm two questions or so, but then they start asking a bunch of other questions and they keep you on the phone for a long time. No way.
I hope they do not plan on coming to my door. I will not answer. My fear is that one of my teenagers will answer the door. Or what if they come by my house when I am out front gardening? That is bothersome. This is my house and I should feel safe here in and about my home. Hmmm…I believe there are amendments to that affect. Yep, there are.
Have you endured this type of harassment from the US Census Bureau? How are you handling it?
UPDATE: I just found more information on the Census Bureau harassing folks at Wise Geek (http://www.wisegeek.com/do-i-have-to-respond-to-the-acs.htm). If you were one of the unfortunate ones who received the ACS form, you will definitely find this interesting. How on earth can they ask for social security numbers, what time you leave for work, etc.