Have you been hassled by the American Community Survey? The ACS is a government entity, a part of the U.S. Census Bureau and it is legal for them to hassle you under Section 221 of Title 13, Chapter 7, United States Code. They can ring your doorbell at 10 pm and it’s okay. You have to answer their questions, such as: what is your income, your health situation and what time you leave for work. If you do not answer, you can be fined $2,000.
A Chicago couple, John and Beverly Scott politely refused the survey until the door knocking and phone ringing began happening around dinner time and as late as 10 pm. There were times the phone rang and rang and rang, and the calls came through over and over. Mr. Scott said if he was not at home in the evening, his wife had to sit in the house with the lights off for fear the on-the-prowl census workers would show up. At least once, Mrs. Scott answered her door, told a woman she would respond, closed her door, and the cheeky survey-taker tapped on her window.
Scott eventually got in touch with an ACS survey supervisor in Chicago, who confirmed that by law he and his wife can be fined, but that, in this case, they will not be. Scott let the man know that he would go to court over the survey and harassment if necessary. The ACS “cycle” for hounding the people was almost over and the visits stopped abruptly.
Something must be done about the Census Bureau. It’s another factor in the government control of you and me. Counting your existence is one thing, demanding to know your salary, when you are at home and about your hiatal hernia is far-left and dangerous. Source: Chicago Tribune