Thursday, March 18, 2010

Stand Up and Be Counted

census2 My census form arrived in the mail yesterday.  It took about two minutes for me and LBeau to fill it out, and I will be putting it back in the mail today.

On Monday I was in an office downtown and overheard the following conversation.

He said, “There is a place on it for your Social Security number.”

She said, “Well I’m just going to leave that blank.  They’re not getting my Social Security number.”

Seeing me standing there, she turned to me and explained, “We’re talking about the census.”

I bit my tongue, but I wanted to respond, “This is the government, right?  They already have your Social Security number.”

Anyway, I can now testify that the census form does not ask for your Social Security number.  I’m guessing that one of these two people got an email warning that those nasty census folks were going to ask for your Social Security number, and that’s just un-American.

One note of caution, however.  It seems that census time brings out all sorts of evil doers who pose as census takers, either by phone or at your door, trying to fraudulently obtain your personal information.  So never give out information such as Social Security number, bank account number or credit card information to anyone, either by phone, in person or email.  And no census information will be gathered by email.

Do, however, stand up and be counted.

9 comments:

tale of many cities said...

got ours yesterday as well. the hubby was reading, and think they stumped him with the part about, don't count a military member. LOL ;)

Just Breathe said...

We just got ours. My husband is going to work on it. Since it dates to April 1 and our daughter and son-in-law are moving in with us this weekend we will have to include them in ours.

I hope they go and find the people who don't put the SS# because they don't have one!!

Joyce said...

We got ours this week too. I thought there would be more to it.

Keetha Denise Broyles said...

So, we just need to use some common-census, Right?

Hehehehehehe, I do crack myself up.

Even if NO ONE else laughs.

nanny said...

I got mine over a week ago.....hope it was the real thing!!!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Yes Ma'am! I sent off to be counted this week. Sure seems like a much shortened version of the census from what I remember last time.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Yes Ma'am! I sent off to be counted this week. Sure seems like a much shortened version of the census from what I remember last time.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

I think, for once, the gov't got smart. I remember a sensus form that took us days to fill out - pages and pages! This one was a breeze! Maybe they'll get a better response with this form. I'm not very good at tongue biting, so I would probably have pointed out to the woman that the gov't already has your SSN! Too funny! laurie

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Kathy, I'm so sorry my MckLinky closed early. It was my fault. I got confused on the date (I'm afraid I'm getting senile!). I have reopened it now if you'd like to link up, or if you'd rather wait until next week, that's ok too. Thanks! laurie