OTTAWA - Who knew census-takers could behave like rock stars?
Broken furniture. Stained carpets. Marker-smeared bed sheets and linens. Damaged wallpaper.
It may sound like something out of an old Led Zeppelin biography, but newly released documents show one enumerator's wild romp left Statistics Canada with a hefty bill for a trashed hotel room.
The government first reported the payment last fall in its annual Public Accounts documents — but now there's new photographic proof that census-takers know how to party.
The unnamed census-taker told Statistics Canada officials she felt bad about the mess and would have cleaned the room with "Pledge and a vacuum" if she hadn't been in such a rush to check out.
Documents released under the Access to Information Act show it took several months before the government reimbursed the hotel for the thousands of dollars damages.