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December 20, 2011

My Time at Walmart: Why We Need Serious Welfare Reform

During the 2010 and 2011 summers, I was a cashier at Wal-Mart #1788 in Scarborough, Maine.
A man who ran a hotdog stand on the pier in Portland, Maine used to come through my line. He would always discuss his hotdog stand and encourage me to “come visit him for lunch some day.” What would he buy? Hotdogs, buns, mustard, ketchup, etc. How would he pay for it? Food stamps. Either that man really likes hotdogs, or the state is paying for his business. Not okay. -- – The College Conservative

Posted by gerardvanderleun at December 20, 2011 11:52 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

Your Say

Ms. Rousselle's perceptions of Maine's welfare problems appear to be correct.

The Bangor Daily News is reporting Gov LePage's claims that Maine now has more welfare recipients than taxpayers.


Posted by: Clayton in Mississippi at December 20, 2011 12:01 PM

Know pretty well a man who's worked at Walmart for several years. Sent him the article and said it was absolutely true. He's seen every bit of it and more.

Posted by: Donald Sensing at December 20, 2011 2:07 PM

Sounds like Obama's job program is working just fine.

Posted by: Peccable at December 20, 2011 3:50 PM

Sippican's working as hard as he can to put all his pennies into the welfare coffers, what more do you want of the man, people?

Posted by: Jewel at December 20, 2011 7:04 PM

I buried my little brother up there a couple of weeks ago. Maine is a poor state, despite the "distinguished" senators they keep sending to DC. I hired locals to help me clean up and close up my borther's place. I must have pumped up the Kennebec Valley economy all by myself. Didn't see a single Hispanic; even the most menial jobs are done by poor WASPS and French-Canadians.

A lot of people up there on SSDI as well. There also a lot of people living on the margin in Maine who are happy for any extra work, and I was happy to oblige.

Posted by: Don Rodrigo at December 21, 2011 10:19 AM

I used to work at a convenience store in a not so good part of town. This is back when you had paper stamps and not the credit card they use today. They would get their kids to come in and buy five cent candies. Anything under $1 was returned as coins, when they had enough change the adult would come in and buy cigarettes.

Posted by: Mikey at December 21, 2011 3:18 PM

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