How dumb are Americans really?

@laglen (19783)
United States
March 18, 2010 5:49pm CST
So my kid needed some retail therapy today so we went to a local shopping center. I noticed a new store front. A Census Form help center. A place to go filling out your name and date of birth. Ours came in Spanish too. How can you not write your name and date of birth? Thankfully the office was empty, I had to check. Does your town have a handy office like this?
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@marsha32 (6780)
• United States
18 Mar 10
I don't go out shopping much at all, so I've not seen anything like this but it wouldn't surprise me. I hate to admit but I got to laughing when I read about it. However, I know several people personally that can't read or write so would need this service. Marsha
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@laglen (19783)
• United States
19 Mar 10
But can they write their own name? How about a neighbor to help?
@marsha32 (6780)
• United States
19 Mar 10
yes and no.... I don't know about the husband at all, never seen him write. the wife will sign cards from them...well, not sign, but print, but she makes letters backwards and out of order in their names. It's a sad situation really.
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@laglen (19783)
• United States
19 Mar 10
that is a legitimate point. But I have to ask, are they on any type of government assistance? Could their case manager help? or a neighbor? also, the census bureau will be going to homes soon. I just think it is another big waste of tax payers money.
@Savvynlady (3686)
• United States
19 Mar 10
First of all, you say you had to go for some retail therapy? I can't do that as much. Then about the census, they just started putting those in the mail last week so everyone can get them this past Monday. I am supposed to be working for them soon but they haven't called yet. hopefully soon. And the place is for those who probably aren't literate enough to do it for themselves I suppose
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@laglen (19783)
• United States
19 Mar 10
But wouldnt this office take work from you?
• United States
19 Mar 10
No, they haven't called yet but I am hoping that they would soon.
@laglen (19783)
• United States
19 Mar 10
Good luck to you! I know they are doing massive hiring I hope they dont saturate the market!
@hofferp (4739)
• United States
19 Mar 10
I'm not aware that we have a Census Form Help Center. What a waste. The census guy came to my house and hand-delivered my form. I live 30 minutes out of town. Why not just mail it to me? So as long as he was here, I should have asked him for help filling out the form.
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@laglen (19783)
• United States
19 Mar 10
lmao maybe he could prune your rose bushes too!
@hofferp (4739)
• United States
19 Mar 10
I didn't think of that. I needed some pruning down around the yard!
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@laglen (19783)
• United States
19 Mar 10
your tax money at work - use em!
@gewcew23 (8012)
• United States
19 Mar 10
I wish I had one of these centers I could go to, I have yet to figure out how to fill out that part.
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@laglen (19783)
• United States
19 Mar 10
I will try to get the phone number, maybe you could call and they will do a house call? I am sure they have a nice travel expense account.
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@gewcew23 (8012)
• United States
19 Mar 10
Oh thank you that would be so helpful.
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@laglen (19783)
• United States
19 Mar 10
or I could just send you a check and we will say I paid my taxes!
@spalladino (17927)
• United States
19 Mar 10
Maybe it's a just a way to put some more people to work. I have to force myself to believe that instead of believing that there are people too stupid to fill out that form. Of course, there are those who are really, really lazy....
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@laglen (19783)
• United States
19 Mar 10
omg two flippin questions!
@spalladino (17927)
• United States
19 Mar 10
I did say really, rally lazy....
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@laglen (19783)
• United States
19 Mar 10
lmao I think I know him!
@oneidmnster (1389)
• United States
19 Mar 10
How dumb are Americans?Can you say Obama?
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@laglen (19783)
• United States
19 Mar 10
I know, loaded question huh?
@BlueGoblin (1833)
• United States
18 Mar 10
I meet dumb Americans everyday. I try to stay home to avoid them as much as possible.
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@laglen (19783)
• United States
19 Mar 10
lol they are taking over the country. They have invaded Washington!
• United States
18 Mar 10
Oh my goodnes. YOu are kidding right? Our tax dollars hard at work huh? More waste. Maybe it could be for handicap people. I dont think the Census comes in brail for the blind...so maybe they have to set them up for people who need help filling out the Census because of handicap issues.
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@laglen (19783)
• United States
19 Mar 10
It could have been, but it did not say anything in the sign or window.
@owlwings (38072)
• Cambridge, England
18 Mar 10
I thought that all legitimate Americans already had a number from birth (which also told the Powers that Be what your name is, when you were born, where you were last known to live and exactly how much you have earned in your life as well as how much you had contributed to the Social Good, when you were last at a PETA (or other anti-social) gathering and even, perhaps, where you shop and what sites you visit on the Internet.
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@laglen (19783)
• United States
19 Mar 10
lmao yes and what type of toilet paper you use.