Woman reveals her mum accidentally filled out census incorrectly

Woman reveals her mum accidentally filled out census incorrectly and called her brother a ‘barrister’ rather than ‘barista’ – as others share their VERY amusing mistakes

  • Once-in-a-decade survey was filled out by millions across the country yesterday 
  • People took to Twitter to reveal they made mistakes when initially filling it in
  • One told how mum listed brother’s occupation as ‘barrister’ rather than ‘barista’ 
  • Others suggested questions which should have been included in the census 

The once-in-a-decade survey was filled out by millions across the country yesterday – but it proved more tricky for some, compared to others.

The census, which has been carried out every decade since 1801, except for 1941, gives the most accurate estimate of all people and households in England and Wales – but not everyone managed to fill out their information accurately. 

Taking to Twitter, one woman, from the UK, penned: ‘My mum’s in a panic because she filled in the census for my little brother and listed his occupation as “barrister” rather than “barista” and I am being no help at all because I can’t stop laughing.’ 

The post, which has since garnered over 62,60000 likes and thousands of retweets, was inundated with comments, with one joking: ‘Well, if she gets done for lying on the census, at least your little brother can defend her in court.’

The once-in-a-decade survey was filled out by millions across the country yesterday – but it proved more tricky for some, compared to others. Pictured, stock image

Taking to Twitter, one woman, from the UK, penned: ‘My mum’s in a panic because she filled in the census for my little brother and listed his occupation as “barrister” rather than “barista” and I am being no help at all because I can’t stop laughing’ (pictured)

A second penned: ‘What would be *really* ideal would be if someone were both. Legal help AND coffee,’ while a third added: ‘Fast-forward to ‘Who do you think you are 2121.’

Wow – I can’t believe my grandfather was a barrister. I wonder what important cases he worked on.’  

This year the census run mostly online, with households receiving a letter with a unique access code in March, allowing them to complete the questionnaire on computers, tablets, phones or laptops. 

The results will be available in 2022.

But it seems the woman, who went on to confirm that the incorrect information was rectified almost immediately, wasn’t alone in committing an amusing mistake. 

Another person took to social media and joked: ‘Congratulations on your brother’s big promotion!’ (pictured)

‘I filled in the question ‘how well do you speak English?’ I answered ‘very well’ Then my husband, laughing his head off, said we weren’t meant to answer that question, it was for people whose first language is not English,’ wrote one.

A second commented: ‘My granny accidentally said she was bisexual in the census. I’m screaming,’ while a third added: ‘I’ve accidentally put my date of birth as 1874 on the census..’

Elsewhere, people proposed alternative questions that should have been included in the census. 

One person suggested: ‘How many carrier bags do you have under the sink?’ while a second commented: ‘Have you got an unexpected item in your bagging area?’

A third penned: ‘Have you ever waited in a queue that turned out not to be a queue?’ while a fourth added: ‘Do you call the ceiling light in your front room the big light?’ 

People also suggested alternative questions that should have been included in the census (pictured)

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