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19 people share the moment they saw a rich person completely lose touch with reality.

19 people share the moment they saw a rich person completely lose touch with reality.


Money can't buy happiness, but it can buy a complete lack of awareness about the rest of the world that occasionally leads to awkward, cringe-inducing comments...

So, when a Reddit user asked, 'What instances have you observed of wealthy people who have lost touch with 'reality?'' people who have worked or had relationships with the private jet owners of the world were ready to share the most tone deaf comments and behaviors they ever witnessed. Bananas are ten dollars each, right?


'I feel sorry for them, because they have a budget' in reference to a couple planning a wedding. - bigfriendben


Last year, I lived in University Accommodations with a boy whose father was a high ranking member of the Chinese government. Perhaps due to the fact that I was also Chinese, or as the result of the excess privileges lavished upon him from an early age, he immediately established me as his 'best friend' and started to stalk me to and from lectures, to the extent where I had to vary my routes every few days. I'm a girl, so it got, to say the least, a little disconcerting.

Anyway, this chap was intelligent, however, had difficulties using common household appliances. He did not know how to use a microwave or a toaster.

One day, at 10pm, I heard a rapid knock on my door, which of course, was this guy. He had microwaved a bowl of ramen in a ceramic bowl, and did not know how to get the bowl out because the ceramic was far too hot.

Sarcastically, I replied that he had better let it cool. Half an hour later, he knocked on my door again, and started whining, in the most piteous of voices, that now the bowl was cool enough to handle, his ramen had also turned cold. - [deleted]


Just whenever people can't comprehend that I might not have $20 to spend right now. And after I let them know:

'But it's only $20.' - SqueezyCheez85


Several years ago a job of mine led me to encounter a person who had come from a wealthy background, had a cushy job with a successful company, and rarely interacted with those below his socio-economic level.

He decided to weigh in on a conversation about the economy I was having with some people. His opinions sounded so stereotypical that I was waiting for him to use the term 'bootstrappy' in a serious manner.

The reason I share this is because he went on to say that with minimum wage what it was anyone could support themselves. He then revealed that he thought the minimum wage in the United States was $19.63 an hour.

It took quite a bit of effort to convince him how wrong he was with that amount, and I respect him for accepting his mistake, but it blew the minds of everyone there that he could be so out-of-touch. - OfficePsycho


There is this lady that comes into my store. As far as I know she has: Let her kids destroy the store. Literally throwing merchandise all over the place. Asked for someone to get a key for the perfume case, then whenever someone got there decided that she wanted to shop more.

Brings an entire cart full of stuff to checkout and then half way through the transaction goes to get more stuff, sometimes more than once in a transaction.

REFUSES to read stuff on the packages. I seriously had to read the differences of two items to her.

She once had me figure out what kind of batteries an item needed, get them for her, and then put them into said item.

Frequently had us check the back for an item we told her we no longer carry. She insisted that we check regardless. Left her child throwing a tantrum right in front of the register so that no one behind her could check out.

Asked me to go get items for her while I was checking her out. Keep in mind that this lady isn't old, maybe mid to late 30s. My manager said that we would honestly tell her to never come back if it weren't for the fact that she spends so much money at our store. Just seeing her makes my blood boil. - Rabadawg211


Some classmates of mine had houses with heated driveways so that they'd never need to shovel them when it snowed. In Vancouver. Where it very seldom snows. And at considerable more expense than, I don't know, hiring a snow shoveler on those rare occasions? - [deleted]


I was working in a fine dining restaurant and in one of our private rooms was the birthday party of a very well known local rich guy. His wife was greeting people at the door and my job was to stand next to her with a tray full of cocktails for her to offer people as they arrived.

When there was a lull between arrivals, she started telling me a story that she thought was hilarious about the trials and tribulations of decorating their private jet. I responded politely of course, but all the while I really just wanted ask her if she honestly believed I could relate to anything that just came out of her mouth. - Sprinklefarts


Once asked one of the directors of my company to spot me for lunch (I had forgotten my wallet), he handed me two $100 bills and was legitimately concerned it might not be enough. - gatorblu


I work in auto parts and a really flustered woman came in last winter. All she said was that she couldn't see clearly anymore cause the things weren't cleaning the glass. I go out to look at her wiper blades, it's a newish Mercedes and the rubber is torn clear off the frame.

So I go back inside and while I'm getting her replacements im explaining to her how you need to free the blades from ice before you turn them on or they'll tear like that.

She gives me the most puzzled look I've ever seen on a person - think puppy hearing a weird noise for the first time, head cocked and all. She asks me what I mean... I said before you get in and turn them on, just give them a gentle pull so they're not attached to the ice anymore.

She gives me that look again and says... It's cold, you can't expect me to seriously touch it. Now it was my turn to be a little puzzled. She says.. I thought the car took care of that nonsense, you can't expect a regular person to work on it like that.

I said ma'am, the only way to prevent this happening again is to ensure the blades aren't stuck in ice... That's it. She huffs out loud and says, Fine! I guess ill have to talk to the help about being on top of that from now on. Then she pays and leaves before I can process and say anything else. - [deleted]


My classmate got three traffic tickets in two consecutive days. About $700 total, including fees and whatever. He paid the fines without batting an eye and cheerfully said it was a good lesson to learn. Pretty sure I was more appalled and upset than he was. - LEPR0N_JAMES


My dad and I worked for the owner of a big beverage company. The owner's wife was yelling at my dad for tipping the garbage man 20 bucks while I was carrying a 20,000 dollar lamp she just purchased. - [deleted]


There was this incident I heard about a couple of years back about a local socialite who married into one of the richest and most powerful families here. The story goes that she was at a bank's main office to meet with the CEO.

Instead of taking the elevator like a regular person, she had her bodyguards remove all the people inside the elevator so that she could go up alone without people bothering her. She said something along the lines of 'Get out of my elevator.'

Funny thing is, one of the people she had forced out the elevator was the bank owner's wife, who decided to take another elevator with the rest of the people who were forced out. Once the socialite got to the office, the bank owner's wife was already there, and promptly told her to 'get out of her building.' - chedeng


On the hill from Hampstead tube station, some Joan Collins 1980s clone of a woman parked her Range Rover outside a shop on a double yellow line (no parking on that road) with her hazard lights flashing. She was coming out of the shop carrying her frou frou little paper bags as a traffic warden was fixing the parking ticket to her window.

She snatched it from the windscreen and said in a posh but aggressive voice, 'I don't care. I can f*cking afford it.' Threw the flapping paperwork into the vehicle and roared off down the hill.

To most of us, parking meters and Do Not Park signs and road paint are parts of society with a financial penalty to keep the system going. For this woman, it was like having a park-where-you-like system that occasionally had a fee that made her b*tchy and wasted the time it took to write out the check and post it for the fine. - Jackpot777


I used to go to middle school in one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in Staten Island. The local kids who lived right next to old mobster mansions thought they were middle class. One of the teachers had to kindly explain to them the difference, diplomatically calling them 'lower upper class.' - BlueHighwindz


When I was a supervisor for Starbucks, we had a regular who ordered the same (extra modified) frappuccino every day, three times a day. She had to have it all the time and only liked getting them from a few stores.

When she would go on road trips to her cabin, she would come in the night before and we would pre make a whole bunch of frappuccinos and not add ice or blend them. This would be so she could blend them in her car on the way there and back. Did the math, she spent over $8,000 per year on this sh*t.

For the record, she was an heiress and only stayed home all day watching soap operas. - kiloechoalpha


I have some very wealthy extended family. One of them recently purchased an $80,000 violin for their teenage son. I remarked that it seemed excessive, because he had no plans on playing after high school. Her only response was, 'Well what else was I going to spend it on?' - quit_yer_whinin


I worked for a pretty big company once where the CEO was pretty eccentric. There were rumors that he didn't own a driver's license because he wanted to be driven everywhere, and refused to eat using disposable cutlery/plates. - SquirtleGetsWet


At an industry party recently, there was a booth for $5 raffle tickets. I was writing my name and my coworkers on our tickets before dropping them in and I hear this guy frustrated next to me.

I look over and he has what must be 100 tickets, he's trying to put in for the drawing. He was frustrated because he realized he has to write his name on them he goes, 'but my admin isn't even here!'

Thinking he was joking I laughed and touched his shoulder, joking back saying, 'oh what a rough life.' He stomped away tickets in hand. He was serious. Too important to write his own name on his raffle tickets. - DimplesObvs


Upgraded to 1st class recently on a flight that ended up delayed on the ground for an hour (wasn't even mad). A woman in front of me turned to her husband at one point and said, 'Why don't you go have a word with the captain and see if you can get him to hurry up? Tell him who you are.' I had no clue who he was, but at least he understood that that wouldn't work even if the woman he was with didn't. - [deleted]

Sources: Reddit
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