Fact: 50 percent of the world's wealth rests in the hands, weighed down by gold watches, of approximately one percent of the entire population. That statistical howitzer only gets worse when the affluent-born don't seem to realize that not everyone grew up eating with a diamond-studded spoon in their mouth. Pshhh, diamond-studded spoons sound like they hurt anyway.
So if you find yourself teeming with rage at the global income disparity, don't fret. Instead, let your blistering frustration intensify by perusing through these 23 stories about clueless rich kids pulled from AskReddit.
1. Angela_bee finds making a peanut butter sandwich easier than getting food delivered.
They think it's weird when people struggle with money.
I used to live in NYC, and knew a guy who came from HUGE money who was a trust fund kid and worked in the fashion industry because he loved it. He had an apartment on Park Avenue, had a driver, etc. He was very nice, but clueless about struggle. Every time he'd hear me say something like "oh yay, another peanut butter sandwich" he'd just tilt his head and say "If you're hungry why don't you just order delivery?" or something. He had NO CLUE about things like having twenty dollars to your name for the next five days.
2. IllegitimateDoctor had some expensive trash in his boarding school.
I went to a really prestigious boarding school for the first two years of high school. Most shocking thing I witnessed was a boy in my freshman year spilling water on a pair of gucci loafers he was wearing, so he goes to his dorm, THROWS THEM OUT, and puts on another pair. What the fuck. They were easily $500+ and this kid was just dripping in money. As a poor kid I was astonished by half the shit I saw there on a daily basis.
3. This guy probably desired a more all-inclusive deal.
"You want to fly to Greece in a few weeks with some of our friends to go sky diving?"
"Can't afford it, thanks though."
"Don't worry, I'll pay for the sky diving."
Yeah, that's not what I meant. Not only is the ticket not affordable, I couldn't eat or do anything the whole time and would lose my shit job for being gone on such short notice, thus making me broke and unable to make rent.
His family is insanely wealthy and he married into more money.
4. This girl and #3 share a humble commonality in regards to travel.
Inviting you on an international trip (I'm from the US) and when you say you don't have money for it, they say "just ask your parents".
5. Shmashmorshman's wife is a flight attendant who will not bring this fancy water for you.
Wife is a flight attendant.
Wife: "What would you like to drink?"
Passenger: "I'll have a water....wait. Where is your water from?"
Passenger: "What country is your water from? I only drink water from France."
6. Fatherchristmassdad's classmate is rich, but couldn't afford to buy manners.
This might be a dead UK giveaway, but accent.
A classmate who came from a wealthy background once demanded to know why my father would "talk like that" to her parents, like she was offended.. "That" being a working-class Scottish accent.
7. Bghtfc will not abide the prestigious parts of speech.
Using the word "summer" as a verb
Example provided by BDMayhem:
"I'm going to summer in my chateaux in the Loire valley. I'll be back mid September."
8. Trhwoawaytribute's coworker is blinded by his probably immense fortune.
I was with a group of coworkers and we saw a homeless person sleeping on the sidewalk and this friend just goes and says "it must be nice to have nothing to worry about, just chill and do whatever you want all day"
I though for sure he was joking. He wasn't joking.
9. Overcomebyfumes is definitely describing Batman.
I knew someone who traded in his Porsche and bought a new one every year. His parents were wealthy, died when he was in his teens and left him a multi-million dollar trust fund.
What was sad was that he felt that he couldn't pick up women without flashing his cash and expensive sports car, but he would dump them all in a couple of weeks because "they were only into me for my money." Loneliest guy I ever met.
EDIT: He is NOT Batman! His parents died in a car accident and his butler's name is Davin, not Alfred.
10. PewPews will probably never pump gas for this rich old lady again.
I was pumping gas in a rather dicey neighborhood at a cheap gas station and this older woman pulls up in her Bentley. She pulls up on the pump ahead of me and cracks her window slightly and asks me for help. I ask her what she needs. She asked me to pump her gas cause she was too scared to do it herself. I ask her what type of gas she wanted and she said the cheapest. I asked her if she was sure, with such a high end car did she really want to put in budget gas? She said it didn't matter since she could easily afford any new car she wanted. So I insert my debit card and she hands me a $100 bill and says keep the change. I fill up her tank and my own (12 gallon Honda Civic tank) and made about $30 in from the change. I finish up at the gas station and jump on the freeway to see my girlfriend at the time and I am going the same way at this woman. I get off at the same exit as her she is making a right to an affluent area and I am making a left off the exit to a less nicer area. She rolls down the window and yells at me. I thought you were following me. I am so sorry where are you heading? I told her to which neighborhood I am heading to. She gives an awkward smile and says I will tell the dispatcher that you are not following me and that I am not fearing for my life. Bitch called the cops on me thinking I was following her to rob her. I ended up getting to my destination chill with my girlfriend and didn't get pulled over.
I work at a hotel and whenever I valet a Rolls Royce or Bentley I just think of this old lady.
11. Z1172's aunt is probably that elderly lady from #12.
My rich aunt doesn't let us park in front of her house because it makes her mansion look bad.
12. JenOHside's father-in-law is into the finest cutlery, kitchen stuff, et al.
When my FIL (Father-in-law) sneered at my cheep plates and glasses I told him with a straight face "That's what poor people eat off of."
He sent us a thousand dollar knife set for Christmas, I think just to shame the rest of my cutlery. Not that I'm not grateful, I take care of those babies.
Any time they are in charge of making decisions for something that will cost other people money, they rarely consider cost.
I'm getting married in July. My best friend (family better off than mine ever was) is getting married in June and I am in his wedding party. Without even asking us first, he went out and bought us all $400 suits for the day, and then told us to pay him back. And then later on we were told about the specific criteria for shoes and belts (another $140).
His wedding party gift to us? The ties.
EDIT: Here is an excerpt from his email to us:
What I am going to do is buy all of the suits up front, and you guys can pay me back by e-transfer as soon as you can (I am getting a custom suit that will be similar to yours', and doing it this way will save me a bunch of money on my suit).
So fuck, he made us shell out $400 for our suits so he could get his custom one made cheaper.
14. Unsafecrab would rather befriend this manic peacock than his opulent bro.
My rich friend has had to re spray his car multiple times because a peacock on his land keeps seeing his reflection in it and attacking it like crazy.
Like this, exactly:
15. Gwyneth Paltrow is the celebrity that Const_elation is talking about.
A skewed sense of "normal." Like when there was a Food Stamp Challenge awhile ago where celebrities tried to live off of an average food stamp budget -- one celebrity spent $29 on things like kale, cilantro, and 7 limes.
When you're really on that tight of a budget, you aren't going to waste money on things like a lime a day and fresh herbs. You're going to try to buy cheap, filling foods like bags of potatoes and mac & cheese.
But even trying to put themselves in that same situation, their sense of what's "normal" is incredibly skewed.
Paltrow's grocery bag was definitely ill-received:
Paltrow ostensibly purchased the limes to make California tap water more palatable.
16. Se1ze pretty much nailed the silk-stocking lifestyle.
Dresses in nondescript, faded and well-used clothes but they are all of very good brands if you look closely.
Handles silverware delicately and uses the right cutlery and plate for every part of a meal, even when absolutely blasted drunk.
Social media is full of photos tagged in different cities, countries or even different continents without any additional exposition or fanfare announcing their travel plans.
17. Cingalls is a true handyman.
They get stuff fixed or dealt with right away. Like most people will see if they can fix something on their own or maybe do a not perfect DIY job around the house or spend a lot of time researching options. People who are used to money will just pick up the phone and call someone and get it done.
Edit: ok, I think from some of the replies that I have to clarify that I'm not actually passing any kind of judgement on how people choose to fix things, how hard they work, or how financially responsible they are. And I'm speaking in pretty general terms, of course some people don't follow the trend.
18. Geniusdude's in-laws could pretty much accomplish everything from the comfort of their own home.
To me, the big giveaway are people coming to you, rather than you going to them.
My wife and I make a decent middle class income. We have an accountant, I take my car to a car wash for a wash and wax, my wife gets her nails done, I get a massage every few months, we go to the grocery store, we take our kids to swimming lessons. Normal stuff for people of our income level.
My in laws fall in to the 1% of income ranges. They do all the same stuff, but someone comes to their house to do it. Their accountant comes to them when it's tax season. My mother in law has a regular masseuse who comes to the house every week. A mobile wash and detail service comes to their house and washes and waxes all the cars. During weekdays they have a chef who makes dinner every night and does all their grocery shopping. When my wife's brother was little, the swimming instructor would come to their house to give a private lesson. My father in law's company has a hairstylist on the ground floor, primarily for company employees.
19. Hufflecat thinks the rich should boast about the rich places they traveled to, instead.
People who travel to impoverished areas for a vacation and then act super self-congratulatory about what they saw. It's a dead giveaway someone comes from money when they have to pay to have a humbling experience in their life.
20. Ain't nothing wrong with a desk job right, TheDunkirkSpirit?
When people say shit like "I don't know how anyone can slave away at a desk job" or "Everyone should travel more!"
Motherfucker, do you think I'm doing this because it just never occurred to me to be rich?
Edit: Gang, we all do what we have to to make a buck. I don't care if you're a plumber or an accountant. You don't have to justify the color of your collar to anyone. Least of all random strangers on the internet.
21. RAWR_time will make you want to become an anesthesiologist.
One of my little brother's friends comes from a very well-off family. His parents are both anaesthesiologists. (hope I spelled that right lmao) He's an only child, and I saw that he had no shortage of fancy new gadgets and toys when I visited his place. One time when he came over to our house, he saw that my mom was cleaning the bathroom and remarked "Mrs. RAWR_time's mom, I didn't know you were a cleaning lady." We got a good laugh out of that one.
22. Littlekittenbiglion witnessed the murders of many iPhones.
I had friends who "had to break their phone" it was the latest iPhone model and perfectly working but there was a newer one coming out that they wanted and their parents would only buy it if their other one was broken. I had to endure these kids throwing their phones against walls and being frustrated that their phone wasn't broken yet.
They should've used a .50 cal rifle, instead:
23. Upparoom hates this about being rich.
Worst part is people who expect I pay for everything.
I don't have a college degree. I'm sitting at a dinner with 20 people at a graduation ceremony for someone else.
Every single person there is talking about how they have a degree and how " you cant be anything significant without a degree"
Meanwhile, I make more a year than all 20 of them combined.
And when the bill comes, no one even bothers digging through their purses or wallets. No one even questions or asks if they can help in any way. Nah, just give it to Upparoom, he's got this.
More money, more problems.