Ever hear the saying 'money talks, wealth whispers'?
It basically means that people who flaunt their cash might not have much of it — and those who play it cool are more likely to be rolling in dough.
A recent Reddit thread asked people to name the biggest sign that someone's pretending to be in a social class higher than their own. The answers might make you see wealth in a whole new light.
Wearing brand clothes that have the huge name of the brand on them. I used to work in one of the brand stores and these were literally made for the lower class that wants to show off. More expensive and higher quality items never had this flexing on them. - ocotkoala
I work at an exotic car rental branch. I have plenty of customers that rent our cars and ask us to take the ID tags off the key ring (understandable). Then I have some that INSIST they get the same license plate each time and will flip out if I give them the same model as usual but with the plate one digit off.
They’re trying to make the appearance to whoever that they own the car and get themselves in a trap where they have to keep renting to keep up the illusion. That charade never lasts long. - TigersNsaints_ohmy
Rich people on Instagram are probably mostly fake rich. Buying followers.
If I were a billionaire, I would not want to be tagged partying on a yacht. Especially not in 2020. - screenwriterjohn
Talking down to working class people. Dont get me wrong there are definitely snooty arsehole upper class people however in my interactions with them as a working class person in services they've always been extremely nice. My guess is because we both know who we are in 'society' so there are no pretensions.
Fake upper class people have to completely reinforce the class divide. It had to be absolutely clear that they are and always have been above you. Part of me thinks its resentment at what they might have used to have been and the other part thinks it's how they think other upper class people behave.
Saw some guys at a stoplight in a convertible 6 series BMW with the top down blasting music and wearing expensive clothes. I can see his dashboard: every possible warning light was on - iqstick
McMansions without curtains or furniture in the upstairs. - GreenBois77
Putting 'Entrepreneur' on any social media platform bio - mtnmza69
My first job ever when I was a kid as a caddy at a very expensive country club. Every new guy would chase the players coming in with rolls/bentley/whatever else. After being there a while, I knew to wait for the dude rolling up in a woody station wagon. That's where the tips were. Everyone who could afford a membership there HAD money, the ones that looked like they had the most had it because they KEPT it.
When I say they kept it, I mean they hoarded it for spending it on themselves. Not for tipping peasants like me. - Stair_Car_Hop_On
Shopping in the curtains aisle of Walmart and openly declaring to me (an employee trying to zone) that we, 'Have no taste.' - TheWolfEmperor82
Getting married in a big fat wedding by taking out loans, borrowing from friends. Plus, getting super expensive rings when you cant afford 1/10 of it. - Archiver_test
When you get invited for supper and bring a bottle of wine, but feel obligated to mention it cost 35$. - ZePatator
My boyfriend tried to convince me that if I bought a kitchenaid that we’d need to leave it on the counter so people would notice that we could afford to spend ~$250 on a kitchen appliance. I would love to have one, but I don’t bake enough to justify it and if I ever get one it’s going to be stored when I’m not using it because I hate clutter on my counters. - shinkel1901
Have a wine snob friend coming over for a party. So I bought the a cheap obscure wine (like $10 bottle) and when I cashed out I asked them to take the sticker gun and put $80 on it. My friend thought it was an amazing bottle of wine. - kfh227
Appearance of wealth, but no philanthropy. Philanthropy is how true upper class people really show off. - galivet
We didn't know that our batchmate was rich until he invited a couple of his close uni friends to his house (which was a mansion) for a Chrismas dinner, after which he gave them expensive gifts.
Those who were invited kinda told everyone else. We were surprised because this guy was a very, very humble bloke who did not for once act rich. He socialised with everyone, was not a snob, the lot. He's still rich, still very humble, now more generous because he's making his own money. The kind of rich person I wish every rich person could be. - omgwtfkcbbq
Calling yourself a “CEO” of your tiny side hustle - Viren90
One of my husband's best friends comes from a filthy rich family (think, billions). We went to his wedding a few years ago and the social experiment that ensued was beyond fascinating.
The guests themselves were a mix of anyone from broke college kids (us) to doctors, to millionaires and billionaires. Some trends definitely emerged amongst the people who were obviously self-conscious about their wealth though.
They were frequently dismissive (and sometimes downright rude) to the serving staff. They made sure logos of their belongings were plainly in sight (your hotel room is literally connected to the reception venue, so I know you didn't need to bring your $1200 Canada Goose parka to dinner).
They also made sure to talk loudly about their expensive plans for the future and highlighting any wealth-related attributes in the process ('Oh well, my girlfriend is graduating medical school next year, so we're starting to look at houses - mostly in the 800k-1mil range').
It was a stark contrast against the people who were comfortable with their social status (wealthy or otherwise) who were all just happy to be there, having fun, drinking alcohol and wholly unworried about which stranger they'll never meet again knows how much money they wish they had. - box_o_foxes