Received a return phone call this morning from the census lady, who was following up to my phone call from last night. I told her that I had mailed in my census form on April 12th (I kept a copy). She told me that they were told that if the forms were received by April 1st that households would receive a visit. She told me that since I had mailed back the form, she would mark me as refused, for reason that I had already mailed back the form. All was good.
Now, twelve hours later, I receive another call from her, apologizing that her supervisor has told her that she has to ask me the census questions or visit the house again. Even though I had mailed in the form!
She told me that there were others on my street who had called her back & told her that they had mailed the form in as well, but that her supervisor was requiring a visit.
She wanted to read me the "confidentiality" statement. I was polite, and told her that I understood that she was just doing her job, but that I didn't want to answer the questions that I had already answered. I told her that I was more than familiar with my requirement, which I had already met and that I didn't want to bother with it.
I offered to give her a copy of the form, and she told me that she couldn't accept it, she would either need to ask me the questions or ask a proxy (ie. neighbor) the questions. I ended the call by restating my position that she would just have to do that.