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.

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Census Worker Held Up At Gunpoint

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Are 2010 Census Questionnaires now as valuable as cash? Apparently so! In all seriousness, it’s terrible that the Census Bureau’s field workers are falling victim to criminals while going about their business. Here’s the report fro WTHR in Indiana:

Indianapolis – An armed man robbed a U.S. Census Bureau employee at gunpoint in an apartment complex on the northwest side.

“The guy comes up from behind and says, ‘Give me your wallet’,” said Michael McCord.

McCord stayed calm when a gunman surprised him as he went door to door at the Woods of Eagle Creek Apartments.

“I turned around and he showed me his gun, said he was serious and he wanted my wallet. So I gave it to him,” McCord said.

As he walked from one building to the next, knocking on doors, his attacker walked up behind him. The gunman never became menacing, the 61-year-old McCord says, but he knew not to aggravate someone armed with a weapon.

“The gun implied that my life was threatened, so I assumed to just give it up rather than try to keep my 15 dollars,” McCord said.

McCord says just before the suspect took off, he stopped him and asked him not to take everything.

“As he walked away, I said, ‘Can you at least let me have my driver’s license back?’ and he handed it to me,” McCord said.

McCord usually works and walks his census routes alone, but police say there’s an advantage to having someone else with you.

“I encourage people to do it in pairs, that way you will still have two people instead of one,” said IMPD Lt. Dawn Snyder.

The robbery didn’t scare McCord from his job, in fact, he’s already back at work.

He described the suspect as a black male, about 18-20 years old, 5’6″ tall and was wearing a blue and gray baseball cap, a gray hooded sweatshirt with writing on it.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 262-TIPS.

Call to Action: Bring out your multimedia tools and get ready, aim, fire!

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

During our nightly search roundup, we came across the most poorly shot census-related video of all time. This clip basically consists of an average Joe (or Joe six pack or Joe the Plumber or whatever) and his wife (or lover) video taping a Census lister in action. This ultimately causes a minor verbal altercation between Joe and the lister who says (while off camera) that he’s “just doing my job.”

We are amazed that in the past 5 days, 20,000 individuals have wasted time viewing this video, and we feel all the more stupid for being a part of that group of people. But, this made a light bulb go off inside our collective heads.

The fact that this poorly shot/do-nothing video has attracted so many hits makes us think that pretty much anyone out there can have more brains, less of a confrontational nature, and infinitely better videography skills than the fools (dare we editorialize!) who shot this clip.

So, citizen journalists from sea to shining sea, this is our call to action. Pick up your cameras, i-Phones, camcorders, and any other multimedia tools you have access to and submit your best 2010 Census-related work to us so we can publish it right here on MyTwoCensus.

Oh yeah, here’s the video…don’t say we didn’t warn you about how boring/bad/annoying/stupid it is: