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Affluent individuals often appear to inhabit a world distinct from the rest of society, despite sharing the same planet. What many of us consider commonplace can feel entirely unfamiliar to most well-to-do young people.
Coming of age in a privileged environment brings its own set of challenges, and cohabitating with these well-off individuals can prove quite challenging.
People in an online forum discussed their craziest encounters with ‘rich kid syndrome.’
1. The Guys Who Never Cleaned
Perhaps accustomed to a life of endless maids and butlers, some rich kids didn’t know that people needed to clean up after themselves. Unfortunately, they lived with one pooer kid who took it upon himself to clean, and they’d make a mess immediately.
He narrates, “I lived with 5 guys, and I was the only one whose parents weren’t millionaires, not close at all. They never cleaned. About once a month, I would deep clean the house, but two days later, there was garbage and food on the floor. I found out they all told their parents the poor kid made all the messes when one of their moms came by to scream at me.”
2. A Personal Wave Pool
Most of us enjoy swimming, and we don’t stop to think about the different pool types. One online user discovered that pools can generate waves after a classmate’s comment.
He adds, “One day, he invited me over to his house for swimming and… He had a 50-foot indoor pool that generated a current/waves. He wasn’t lying. They are a lot more fun.”
3. “A Little” Weekend Pocket Money
How much pocket money should a child be given for the weekend? For one college kid, that figure is $1400. Unfortunately, he blew it all by the end of Friday and was screaming at his parents, asking for more.
An online user narrates, “My college roommate’s mom gave him f*****g $1400 “for the weekend” just randomly. He blew through the whole thing by Saturday, asked his mom for more money, and was screaming at her because “she promised $1400 for the weekend” and he spent most of what she gave him on Friday which isn’t a part of the weekend.”
If entitlement was a person, it’d be this one.
4. Untouchable Rich Kids
Rich parents have the money to protect their delinquent kids, and the kids know this. They use this to their advantage, as one online user found out.
He shares, “Kids who would talk sh** and pick fights and then turn around and say “If you touch me, my dad will sue.”
5. Shabby Housing
A rich girl walking with her friend in a lovely brick-row housing neighborhood tried covering up her face, saying, “I don’t want anyone to see me around these shabby houses.”
The only problem was her not-so-rich friend lived in those “shabby houses.” Ouch.
6. A Lexus For Lexi
Not many 16-year-olds get a car for their birthday; for those who do, not many get a Mercedes. One rich girl got a Mercedes for he birthday; she was unhappy because it wasn’t a Lexus, which would have rhymed with her name, Lexi.
An online user adds, “Her parents did cave and buy her a Lexus for her 17th birthday.”
Are such parents found on Amazon?
7. A Short Shopping Trip
Most people go shopping in the cheapest place they can find. For one Auckland dweller, that place was London.
One user narrates, “A friend I met at Uni flew from Auckland to London for a week to go shopping. Clothes were cheaper in London, so to him, it made sense.“
The rich use a different calculator.
8. An Expensive Find
An online conversation contributor shares, “A Saudi guy in the UK got in a crash, with light damage to one side of [a] brand new Mercedes. He called for one of his assistants to come get him, even though the car was fully driveable. My friend rolled up on a call with his tow truck and asked the guy where he wanted the Merc towed. The guy gave him the keys and said, “Keep it; I don’t want it.””
Where can we find him? [The Saudi guy, not the tow truck guy.]
9. A $20 Fender Stratocaster
A Fender Stratocaster is one of the most prestigious and expensive electric guitars. If you have one, you’d treasure it forever– unless you’re a rich kid in college.
An online user shares, “Kid down the hall from me bought a brand new Fender Stratocaster and played with it for a day and got bored and sold it to me, case and all, for $20. I still have it and play it fifteen years later. It’s a great guitar.”
10. A Deserved Tip
It’s good manners to tip your service providers; just don’t tip your teachers when they try to do their job.
One teacher narrates, “First day as a librarian in a private school. [I] help a 7-year-old with the printer. He offers to tip me.”
On the brighter side, he’s been taught well.
11. What’s A Job?
A young lady who was given money to start a company did exactly that—and then she left for a 6-month holiday. She didn’t know that employees needed to be paid monthly, so she didn’t.
One user adds, “She assumed they would not get paid for 6 months and be there when she got back. I quizzed her on this for a few min[utes], and it was clear she had no idea what a job was.”
There’s a thin line between rich and stupid for some.
12. You’re Not Poor, Just Lazy
Rich people, like all people, say the most unbelievable things.
One user narrates, “My rich cousin contends that the reason people are poor is because they’re fat and lazy. If they took better care of their appearance, they too could be rich in a society based on first impressions and looking the part.”
How does this one live with normal people?
13. Oblivious Privilege
A user shares, “I use to have a friend who would constantly say “I love when my dad gives me money.” and “If I ask for a certain amount of money my parents always give me $50 extra.”. This girl then bought a apartment boasting about it on Facebook and how proud she was of herself how at 23 she was able to afford a home at such a young age all on her own. Still makes me want to face plant into a pile of jagged rocks.”
14. Tears Over a BMW
Someone recalls in high school, “A girl in my school was “surprised” by her parents in the school’s parking lot with a new BMW. A freaking BMW. Everyone who is out is basically watching this go down and she starts crying. At first we are all thinking its because she’s so happy but then she runs back into the school. Apparently they were supposed to show up earlier (I’m assuming when there would be more students to witness the surprise).” Wait, what?
15. Burn It Down? No Problem
Another person writes, “Dad bought his college aged daughter a house in a VERY nice neighborhood so that she and her friends could live rent free while they attended university. He remodeled the entire house. In all he probably spent close to $2 million. Two weeks after moving in, they left a candle burning while they went to the store to get snacks for a football game. Came home and the house was on fire. A month later, it was good a new for them to move back in.” Talk about not being held responsible for any dire consequences in life.
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