Rachael Sacks, NY Student, Draws Internet Notoriety After ‘Rich Girl’ Essay
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Rachael Sacks, a co-ed at a New York college, complained in a widely shared essay that she shouldn’t have to hide the fact that her family is rich in front of poor people to make them feel better.
Her essay, “’I'm Not Going to Pretend That I’m Poor to Be Accepted by You,” triggered a wave of criticism against her.
“I am sorry that I was born into great financial circumstances and my father likes to provide for me,” she wrote on the website Throught Catalog, which has since been picked up by the Daily Mail, Gawker, and the New York Daily News. “I am sorry that I don’t have to go to a state school to save my parents money. What do you want from me?”
Sacks is a student at the New School in Manhattan and she lives in the West Village, according to the Daily News.
“The girl says to the cashier ‘I went in-state to save my parents money for school’. The Cashier then replies ‘That’s smart’. They then both glare at me with my shopping bag and my Coco Lite snack cakes and Diet Coke as if to say here’s daddy’s little princess wasting money,” she wrote in the profanity-laced essay.
She added: “They exchange words and then the girl leaves. I try to be chipper and ask the cashier how her day is and she doesn’t answer me. She just looks down and scans my items not saying a word or even glancing in my direction. I say have a great day, as happily as I can and walk out feeling like a [expletive].”
On her Twitter, she faced a bevy of criticism.
“The level of entitlement in this article is mind blowing. No one is born spoiled, entitled, and snobby. That is a learned behavior. And it’s repugnant. I hope that you can modify your behavior before you pass your horrible and selfish attitude down to your children,” wrote one Twitter user.
But she said that she never felt wealthy when she was growing up.
“I went to private school when I was younger and there would always be someone so much richer than me. There were kids who owned their own horses and whose parents were billionaires, so I had no idea that I had any money until I was about 14 and people called me “Rachael Sacks of Cash. My parents bought me clothes from Old Navy and I ate at McDonalds on weekends when I was a kid,” she added.