My Two Census

Formerly the non-partisan watchdog of the 2010 US Census, and currently an opinion blog that covers all things political, media, foreign policy, globalization, and culture…but sometimes returning to its census/demographics roots.

Breaking News from Houston: Man killed in home invasion after suspect poses as census worker

HOUSTON—A man was killed and his family members beaten after three suspects barged into a north Houston home Saturday afternoon, police said.

Investigators said one of the suspects pretended to be a census worker to gain entry into the house, located in the 400 block of Truman.

Family members said the victim’s son opened the door for the suspects, believing they were with the census.

Larry Johnson Jr., the nephew of the victim, said the suspects tied up and beat his cousin and aunt after barging into to the home.

Johnson said his uncle, Reginald “Pete” Haynes, walked in on the crime and was ambushed.

“They tied him up and stabbed him and tried to submerge him in water,” Johnson said.

Haynes later died at the hospital.

Family members said the men ransacked the house for two hours.

“They were looking for money and my aunt gave them everything that they had and it wasn’t enough for them,” Johnson said.

Neighbor Randell Harmon said he even watched the suspects leave after the crime and had no idea what had happened.

“I saw three gentlemen walk out and I didn’t think anything of it,” Harmon said. “They didn’t look at me. They got in the truck and they left.”

The incident left people in the community fearful about who might come knocking at their door.

“They’ve taken something precious from us,” Johnson said. “They really have.”

Neighbors said census-takers started working their street weeks ago.

According to HPD, the suspect who claimed to be a census worker showed no ID badge. Investigators said they don’t have a good description of any of the suspects.

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10 Responses to “Breaking News from Houston: Man killed in home invasion after suspect poses as census worker”

  1. Bobby J Says:

    Census worker returns to house, breaks in and rapes woman: http://www.whas11.com/news/local/Burglary-and-rape-arrest-in-Pekin-Indiana-93240824.html

  2. END THE CENSUS Says:

    FROM THE CENSUS WEBSITE
    http://blogs.census.gov/2010census/2010/05/a-note-to-my-600000-new-colleagues.html

    I’ve discovered that many of our new enumerators, working on the Nonresponse Followup activities of the 2010 Census, are Facebook fans or have looked at my blog, so this is a message to them:

    Welcome to the 2010 Census!

    You are the heart of the operations for the second half of the census. To everyone you meet as an enumerator, you are also the face of the US Federal government. It’s a big responsibility; you must treat everyone with respect, even though not everyone will treat you with similar respect.

    Our “customers” are those who have not yet been counted. You’ll probably meet some people with very little understanding of the census, and some with very deep understanding. Each person will have their own perspective on what we’re asking of them. Listening to what they have to say is an important step for you to effectively communicate our message to them.

    You’re probably working in neighborhoods around your own home, but may have assignments in parts that aren’t as familiar to you. One of the interesting things in the job is meeting people you ordinarily would not know. It’s an adventure; remember to enjoy that part of the job.

    We are relying on you – to make sure we count everyone once and only once and in the right place. We are asking about the April 1, 2010, composition of the houses you visit. You’ll probably find some complicated situations that aren’t easy applications of the training guidelines. Ask for help when you need it, to make sure we get things right.

    Be careful out there. Many of you will be putting some miles on your car; be careful driving; watch out for the other guy. It is very important to me that you’re safe in the job. When a situation feels uncomfortable to you, retreat and seek guidance from your crew leader.

    I also ask for your flexibility. Nothing as large as the decennial census can be trouble-free. Despite the years of development, things will go wrong. Please be patient; follow the guidance of your crew leader. If procedures change to fit unexpected situations, just follow the new procedures as best you can.

    What you are doing is real public service. A census is a good thing for the society. You are part of history in the making, at the core of something that has been done only 22 other times since the founding of the republic. You should feel proud; your family should be proud of your contribution to the common good.

    Thank you.
    Categories:

    * Non-response Follow Up

    Comments
    Barbara Rogers said…

    So can you please call the director of the Central Brooklyn office and find out why their enumerators haven’t been sent out yet? Today’s excuse is, “Not all crew leaders have picked up their assignments yet.”
    Reply May 04, 2010 at 08:02 AM
    scott said in reply to Barbara Rogers…

    They are still having problems with finding people who will do the enumerator job, and training is still going on. I am still in training, and usually it is during the day, and anyone with a full-time job is not going to take a week off to train for part-time. Also, people on unemployment (I am one)sometimes feel they make more money on unemployment (I would) than working for the census. But, I will be in the field next week. By the way, Barbara, did you not receive a mailer, or didn’t mail it back? The mandate for the enumerators goes untill June.
    Reply May 05, 2010 at 09:25 PM
    enumerator 850116 said in reply to scott…

    I took a week off to do my training and now the census has me on “non working status” over a stupid thing that should have been cleared up with a phone call. I sent in all the papers they requested a week ago and NO response .
    Reply May 06, 2010 at 09:04 AM
    arlene said in reply to scott…

    Having trouble finding people….my daughter was hired and did the part where they went out in the middle of the night looking for homeless people, going to soup kitchens and shelters, etc… Although her supervisor highly recommended her to continue with the door to door part, NONE of the enumerators were kept on. They hired all new people. Guess this helps make the numbers hired look better for O.
    Reply May 06, 2010 at 10:46 AM
    Ridge Wheeler said in reply to Barbara Rogers…

    Dear Ms. Rogers,
    There is no excuse for that. Delay begets delay. We are so sorry to keep you waiting. Thank you for alerting our office.
    Reply May 06, 2010 at 10:52 AM
    Roger said…

    Thanks for a great note of appreciation. Finding the correct answer to difficult situations is the problem. I wish there was a National Website with some “Expert Census Employees” to give the answers which are the way the census want’s things done. I try to follow the manual to a T and that works most of the time. CLDs and FOSDs around the country are all having to answer these hard questions individually, and sometimes the answer from above is NOT the correct one. Some people want to design their own system based on what THEY think makes sense. I will stick to the manual for those questions that can be answered directly from it. Be Safe to all! :)
    Reply May 04, 2010 at 08:13 AM
    RichieRich said in reply to Roger…

    ..the correct answer is ‘American’.

    and, after ’2′ is ’3′.

    Hope that helps.
    Reply May 06, 2010 at 04:41 AM
    DKippford said in reply to Roger…

    What difficult situations are there….”Sir I am from the census, how many people live in this house? Thank you, have a nice day.” That is all an enumerator (stooge) has to ask. Everything else is Federal intrusive bull crap.
    Reply May 06, 2010 at 12:01 PM
    Brendan said in reply to DKippford…

    You realize that an enumerator is just someone from your neighborhood working on behalf of a Constitutional provision for 4 weeks, right? Not sure how that makes them a stooge, unless you live in a crappy neighborhood and dislike the Constitution.
    Reply May 06, 2010 at 12:40 PM
    smoother said in reply to Brendan…

    Hey Brendan…how’s that nastiness working for you? About as well as the Census at counting people no doubt…not too good I’m guessing.
    Reply May 06, 2010 at 12:59 PM
    Bub said in reply to Brendan…

    The only ones who seem to dislike the Constitution are Obama and his henchmen-stooges.
    Reply May 06, 2010 at 02:39 PM
    Barry Wood said in reply to DKippford…

    Wrong. It has always been understood that the government is authorized under the Constitution to inquire merely as to the “number of people” living in a given house. The very first census, in 1790, undertaken when the ink was scarcely dry on the Constitution and Bill of Rights, recorded the names of the heads of households and broke down the residents by age, sex and whether they were bond or free. The names were essential because otherwise households could have easily been counted twice, or skipped altogether.
    Reply May 06, 2010 at 07:24 PM
    doug said in reply to DKippford…

    Actually it’s kind of a tough job, I’m working it and well some of the neighborhoods are sketchy to say the least (condemned vacant buildings, No Trespassing signs, barb wire, shattered windows, Large dogs, angry people who dislike the government you get the drift), plus it’s a government job so there’s a lot of paperwork, protocol, organization and being held accountable for stuff. I dunno you can hate the census due to the intrusiveness if you want, but don’t come with the attitude that all the enumerators do is walk up to a house with a perfect smiling person at the door to greet you.
    Reply May 06, 2010 at 07:50 PM
    Cathy said in reply to DKippford…

    I am an enumerated stooge with a college degree..25 years business and management experience…My CLA (Crew Leader Assistant) has a Masters Degree in Art…If we are stooges, I guess she is Mo and just call me Curly!!

    I decided to work with the census to take part in an historical event..counting the people…I want my state to have the correct representation in government.,

    How intrusive is the questionnaire? How many live here? Name, age, sex, race…what’s so intrusive about that?
    Reply May 07, 2010 at 04:28 AM
    DLS said in reply to DKippford…

    Wrong, DKippford. From factcheck.org:
    “The Constitution (in Article 1, Section 2) does more than merely “allow” the government to count the population every 10 years — it requires that an “enumeration” be done “in such manner as they [Congress] shall by law direct.” Congress started with a simple count in 1790 — asking only for the numbers of free white males and females, slaves and other persons. But by 1820 it was also asking how many in each household were “engaged in agriculture, commerce, and manufactures.” In 1830 it asked how many were deaf, dumb or blind. The questions directed by Congress grew increasingly detailed through the remainder of the 19th century, and in 1902 Congress established the Census Bureau as a permanent agency.”
    Reply May 08, 2010 at 02:45 PM
    Steve Buff said…

    Please change “policy” (at least in Washington State) to make it possible for the enumerators to be able to retain some of the historic nature of their work by keeping the Census handbags and their ID badges. Especially as a family historian and genealogical researcher in my family, I want to have something to pass down.
    Reply May 04, 2010 at 08:26 AM
    sfdtgnfrtg said in reply to Steve Buff…

    No.
    Reply May 05, 2010 at 07:45 PM
    Michael said in reply to Steve Buff…

    Steve, C’mon. You must return the items so that they cannot be used again to fool an unsuspecting person in to allowing a badge-wielding census bag-carrying person into their home NEXT YEAR for very nefarious reasons. Sorry, but it makes sense.
    Reply May 05, 2010 at 09:27 PM
    hardrain77 said in reply to Michael…

    Anyone stupid enough to believe the Census happens NEXT YEAR also…
    Reply May 06, 2010 at 10:12 AM
    Micky J said in reply to hardrain77…

    Anyone stupid enough to think the census is happening THIS year is stupid enough to think it’s happening next year. This isn’t a census, it’s a thinly disguised ruse to get a million people off the unemployement role for a couple months before the mid-term election. Then back on the dole they go!
    Reply May 06, 2010 at 01:41 PM
    Typical Government CF said in reply to hardrain77…

    Special Censuses occur for six to seven years between decennials. Logo’d items could indeed be used for nefarious purposes.
    Reply May 06, 2010 at 02:20 PM
    Peter said in reply to hardrain77…

    The census bureau is not dormant for 9 years 19 months they do stuff every ywear I think. Getting info for Bigger Government.
    Reply May 06, 2010 at 05:48 PM
    David said in reply to Michael…

    Why would a census worker ever need to enter someone’s home?
    Reply May 06, 2010 at 02:44 PM
    DLS said in reply to David…

    If it’s raining or otherwise unpleasant outside, it’s courteous to allow them to come into your home. They don’t “need” to, it’s just a nice thing that people do for their neighbors.
    Reply May 08, 2010 at 02:46 PM
    Capn Jack said in reply to Steve Buff…

    If this is what you have to pass down I feel sorry for you.
    Reply May 06, 2010 at 03:17 AM

  3. END THE CENSUS Says:

    U.S. can’t count on census swag
    Promo products made overseas
    By Dave Wedge | Saturday, May 8, 2010 | http://www.bostonherald.com

    The feds spent millions to convince citizens that participating in the Census was as American as apple pie – but many of the T-shirts, hats, bags and other swag they handed out during the campaign were actually made overseas, the Herald has learned.

    Boxes of freebies that landed in Boston as part of the federal government’s $42-million Census campaign included mini rubber footballs, toy robots, hats, T-shirts and tape measures made in China and Honduras.

    “The only time it would be excusable for the federal government to spend taxpayer dollars overseas would be if we don’t make the items here in America,” said Tim Sullivan, legislative and communications director for the AFL-CIO, the state’s largest labor union.

    “The federal government should be in the business of doing business with American companies and encouraging American jobs. I’m sure there are printing and T-shirt companies right here in Massachusetts that could have used a piece of that ($42 million).”

    Tia Costello, spokeswoman for the Census’ Boston office, said: “We did try to do our best to buy American. We weren’t successful 100 percent of the time. But we made a huge effort to buy locally.”

    Federal Census spokeswoman Shelly Lowe said the Census Bureau purchased 67 million items from 2,300 American companies and nonprofits at a cost of more than $42 million. Although some items may have been made overseas, she said the purchases complied with federal rules.

    “At no time did the Census Bureau go overseas to make a purchase,” Lowe said. “We have no control where a given company may have purchased a blank item; however, in any case where this occurred, U.S. workers substantially transformed the items.”

    She said assembly, embroidery, stitching and silk screening all were done domestically and that all payments went to U.S. companies.

    But Sullivan said that’s not good enough and argued the feds should have required that all products be manufactured domestically.

    “We constantly prioritize ‘buy American’ and ‘buy Massachusetts’ and try and get through the message that this is how you rebuild the middle class,” Sullivan said. “It’s disappointing to say the least. I don’t think there’s a good reason for it. We’ve got to do better.”

    State Senate Minority Leader Richard R. Tisei (R-Wakefield), a candidate for lieutenant governor, said: “You would think the federal government should be promoting American companies rather than spending money on foreign-made materials. It’s a pretty good indication that something is really wrong in Washington.”

    The Census Bureau, overseen by the federal Department of Commerce, has spent a staggering $1 billion overall on advertising and promotion to encourage citizens to fill out the 2010 census. Much of the promotional material has been shipped to local government buildings, such as Boston City Hall, for distribution to volunteers and part-time workers.
    Article URL: http://www.bostonherald.com/news/us_politics/view.bg?articleid=1253248

  4. mandy_Reeves Says:

    one of you guys tell me please…if i worked on friday 4/30 should’nt i have gotten my paycheck today. They keep telling me no over at my lco

  5. END THE CENSUS Says:

    Call the census employee payroll dispute and reimbursement hotline:
    1-877-233-4776

  6. kyCL Says:

    Mandy, if direct deposit then you should get it sometime tomorrow or Wednesday. 11 days from end of pay period, which was May 1st.

  7. mandy_Reeves Says:

    well i called the hotline last night, they told me i would get a check today or tomorrow….i asked “A Paper check?” she said “yes”…i asked paper because I don’t do direct deposit.

  8. DisgustedCensusWorker Says:

    The census payroll/personnel hotline is a joke. My first initial paycheck is still MIA! I get no answers. It was their mistake, they entered the wrong banking info into the system. 3 weeks later still no resolution and department of labor tells me that can’t help because I’m a federal employee and gave me another to call for federal issues, who in turn told me they can’t help me because I’m a temporary fed employee. Does anyone know how I can get what I’m owed?

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