Door-to-door alert: No, WSB is NOT doing a survey

October 5, 2012 at 9:59 am | In Door-to-door alert, West Seattle news | 4 Comments

First time we’ve had a door-to-door alert in which it seems someone may be out there pretending to be affiliated with us. Just got a call from a manager of a Junction apartment building who says a man was there claiming to be doing a survey about Junction parking, and she said he claimed to be affiliated with West Seattle Blog. (Before we finished writing this, she called back and said he had tried to go to another nearby building, too.)

We would NEVER do a door-to-door survey OR a telephone survey OR a “stand on a streetcorner and ask people questions” survey. If we have questions for you (as we did a year and a half ago), we’ll ask them online.

The caller said the man had no ID but identified himself as “Mitch.” She described him as 60-ish, 6 feet tall, heavy-set, sports jacket and blue jeans.

Please let us know if you have had anybody claiming to be with WSB turn up at your door – or if you know this is some OTHER survey (the city had been doing another parking survey not so long ago, but we don’t believe they ever go door-to-door) – or 206-293-6302 if you don’t want to comment here. Thanks!


  1. Doing a parking survey by asking the people living next to the parking is of limited use. Sure, they will be happy to get to store their cars in what would otherwise be an arterial traffic lane.
    Ask people riding a bus, stuck in traffic, and you’ll get a different trend in the responses.
    [Insert government agency name here] is [insert insult here] for not listening to us (really me) the last time they forced something on us (took the time to come out and talk with us, but listened to the *wrong* people in the room instead of me). I will never vote for more funding for [insert same government agency name here that brought in a large federal grant instead of using local tax dollars], since they are so nonresponsive (except to the majority of people who quietly submitted their responses while I was going around the room telling everyone how [random insult] [agency] is). Their service is worthless (to me, even if thousands of other people use it and I get cleaner air because they do).

    Comment by Brent — 10:53 am October 5, 2012 #

  2. Uh, and call 911 for any suspicious activity.

    Comment by Doh! — 11:13 am October 5, 2012 #

  3. Which way did he go? I’m in the junction, I’d be happy to find this fellow and ask him what the #$&^@! he thinks he’s playing at.

    Comment by mookie — 11:58 am October 5, 2012 #

  4. Jefferson Square and then across the street to Mural. But it’s been a while now. No other reports so far. But we just wanted to get this out there in case …

    Comment by WSB — 12:14 pm October 5, 2012 #

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