Today my doorbell rang.
I answered it.
A man at the door identified himself as working for the U.S. Census Bureau. He said he was driving around and when he saw a house he would write down the address. He was to ring the doorbell and see if anyone indeed lived in the house and the person has to say what the address of the house is. I guess that is as an oral verfication of what he saw on the mailbox for the house number and the street name as seen on the street sign.
I asked if he was going to ask me questions about who lived there and so forth.
He said no. That all his job was, was to see a house and write down the address and say the address exists, and to knock on the door and see if he could get a verification from the homeowner that the house is that address to verify it does exist.
He said later, I'd receive the 2010 census questionairre.
He handed me a paper with information to encourage me to fill out the forms when the arrive, and said goodbye.
The whole thing seemed like a waste of time to me. There must be some logic to this. Or perhaps this is a make work project with federal tax dollars to help stimulate the economy? Is President Obama behind this? I have never had anyone do this to the homes I've lived in before.
One issue is that he was working in the daytime on a weekday when many people in my town are away from home, working at their jobs. I wonder what he is to do if he knocks on a door and no one answers? What happens if he sees a house but no one is home, does that address exist or not?
Why in the world would he have to get an oral verification of the address anyway?
The whole thing seemed odd to me.
I wonder if this is being done all across America? If so I wonder what it costs to pay these employees?