Woman “too busy” to do her civic duty, then partner whines about it on Facebook

“This is a compulsory [government] survey,” the note reads, written on a printed Statistics New Zealand card.

“I am the local area leader for Stats NZ and we will persue [sic] prosecution if you fail to comply. We are somewhat dismayed at you [sic] refusly [sic] to talk to our interviewer.

“Please call me on the below number urgently.”

Statistics New Zealand do have the power to prosecute non-compliance under the Statistics Act 1975, but has not prosecuted anyone in the past 15 years for any incompleted surveys outside of the Census.

The printed text on the card says: “Sorry I missed you today. You have been selected to participate in a Statistics New Zealand survey. Sorry I missed you when I called today.”

The man who posted the picture did not want to be named. His Facebook post said his partner answered the door but was too busy to take part in the survey at the time.

Statistics New Zealand surveys can be a pain in the arse and feel quite invasive.  But there is a reason these things are done.  It allows local and central government to plan and allocate resources that costs lots of money in a way that is -hopefully- targeted and less wasteful than they already manage to make it.

There is no room for precious petal princesses being “too busy” and then having your ‘partner’ go on Facebook to whine about it.

Being part of New Zealand also comes with obligations.  Stop being a snowflake and get on with it.

Or, prosecute her.   Just for once, let us implement the laws we made.  You know, for laughs.


– NZ Herald

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