SCARBOROUGH, Maine — A 20-year-old college student has developed a following and gotten at least five marriage proposals after writing a column about her experiences with welfare recipients as a Wal-Mart cashier. She says she wants to be the next Ann Coulter.
Christine Rousselle, who attends Providence College in Rhode Island, wrote on the website The College Conservative about her experiences working as a teenager at a Wal-Mart store in her hometown of Scarborough, Maine.
In the column this week, Rousselle described customers using welfare money to buy toys, lobsters and jewelry, and welfare recipients yakking on expensive iPhones. She suggested that a hot dog stand operator used food stamps to supply his business.
She came to a startling realization after a Massachusetts customer showed her a welfare card with former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis’ signature. That meant the man had been on welfare as long as Rousselle had lived, since she was born in 1991, the same year Dukakis’ last term ended.
Readers have left more than 2,000 comments and shared it thousands of times on Facebook.
Rousselle told the Bangor Daily News that her former Wal-Mart co-workers largely have applauded her for pointing out what has frustrated them for years.
But she’s also received some negative feedback, something the political science major will need to get used to if she makes a profession out of her commentary.
“I’m having the time of my life,” Rousselle said. “I would love to do this full-time. My dream job is to be Ann Coulter.”