Friday, May 21st, 2010 | Author:

In the tradition of fine bureaucrats everywhere, someone determined that census workers must have background checks. Apparently the procedures don’t tell them what to do when someone fails that check, so at least in one case, they just ignored it.

A woman in NJ recognized her local census worker, going door to door through family-friendly neighborhoods -  because he was a registered sex offender.  After the cops arrested him, it was determined that he had failed the background check, but he was trained and sent out anyway.

On a cheerier note, here are a couple different ways to deal with census workers when they knock on your door.

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4 Responses
  1. Rebecca says:


    That’s awful.


  2. Jay says:

    Awful? THAT’S HYSTERICAL! Love both of them.

    Today we had someone come to our door and ask us to take a follow-up because there was a lack of responses in our area. Strangely, everyone in our neighborhood responded, “But we never got one!” You should have seen the puzzled look on the Census Bureau worker’s face!

    Thanks for the good laughs!

  3. akagaga says:

    umm, Jay? I think Rebecca was referring to the story before the videos … and I bet she didn’t watch the videos. :)

  4. akagaga says:

    and don’t tell, Jay, but we really didn’t get one … and we moved so maybe they can’t find us. The post office thinks we live in a box at the UPS store. :)