Some rich folks, particularly the younger ones, can be a little clueless, rude, snobby, arrogant, etc.
Now, keep in mind, I didn’t say all the rick folks. There are plenty of people with a lot of money out there who are just lovely.
However, there is such a thing as “rich kid syndrome,” and it’s pretty gross. AskReddit users shared their memorable stories about these little devils who’ve definitely never heard the word “no.”
1. What’s wrong with your ring?
“Nannied for a wealthy family in the Upper East Side Manhattan. Got engaged to my now husband. Boy, age 8 or 9, thought my ring was super cool & unique bc he “never saw one that small before.” “
2. Self made?
“My SO has rich aunt and uncle with an only child. When he graduated college his gift was a complex that brings in enough money that this kid could retire on it. If you ask him he’s self made though.”
“A very distant relative of ours (eg. some weird branch off the family tree) offered her son a bribe of an entire apartment building if he finished his undergraduate accounting degree.
I just went…”Huh?” So you get an immediate investment after graduating and you can rent out the place for mega $$$$….”
4. First class
“I went to middle/elementary school with some very wealthy people. Typically I was oblivious enough to not really realize it, but two instances come to mind:
In 5th grade we did some an exchange trip type of thing with some kids in Canada. On the flight over there one of my classmates said “Wow, this is crazy. I’ve only ever flown first class before!”
Later, in 8th grade I was at that same kids house (an absolute mansion on top of a hill, with the long landscaped entrance drive, marble-floored entrance hall with stairs winding up either side, etc), and he and a girl (who had been dropped off in her dad’s “newer” Ferrari) started having a discussion comparing the merits of their relative in-home movie theaters. Like, not just a living room with a cool A/V setup, but full on movie theaters with rows of seats that could seat about 50 people.
My family wasn’t poor, but that was when I realized we weren’t rich either.”
5. Just like Bo
“Went to college with a totally chill dude who was apparently rich as f*ck. He was on our college golf team and enjoyed destroying a club if he hit a bad shot. He wasn’t even angry, it was just like a reflex to go Bo Jackson over his knee or whatever.
I asked him how he keeps playing and he basically said that at the end of every round he just bought new clubs for the next round. He showed me in the trunk of his car how he had like 5 boxes of irons and always took the plastic off a new driver for every round I saw him play (and he played every day at least 18 if not 36 holes). He said it wasn’t even a rounding error in his dad’s credit card…”
6. Crash test dummy
“Kid in my high school crashed 6 cars within a year. And they weren’t like 1990’s Toyotas and Hondas most high schoolers buy (themselves), these were brand new Subaru STI’s, a BRZ, a BMW, brand new jeep, shit like that. The last car his dad bought him was a semi new Ford focus. A decent car, better than my 1997 white Camry.
Every day he complained and threw a fit his dad wouldn’t buy him another $30k+ car.”
7. Put an expensive ring on it
“I dunno about rich but just spoiled. My cousin insisted on a $15,000 wedding ring and $30,000 wedding. She and the groom made $20-25k a year combined. Her Dad paid for everything, they divorced within 6 months.”
“Two girls, both nice and fairly level headed but also just raised too damn rich. One would take a taxi everywhere in town. It was a very safe, small college town with free campus buses and she’d taxi across campus. She lived two blocks away from me and would take a taxi from her dorm to my house. Google maps says it’s a full 4 minute walk. She swore she just had a terrible sense of direction and couldn’t figure out where we lived, but you’d think after the first embarrassingly short taxi ride she’d throw our address into google maps and just walk.
The other would regularly complain about people not knowing how to manage their money. It took a while to figure out but eventually it clicked that she meant very poor people didn’t know how to invest their money in stocks and bonds. Then one day we were having a conversation where she revealed she didn’t think a house in Detroit in 2010 could possibly cost under $1 million.
I told her I grew up in a nice $180k house and she thought I was dumb or lying. Shattered her world when I showed her my home on Zillow. When she graduated college she complained about how much stuff cost all the time, it was nice seeing her learn the value of a dollar finally.”
9. Not a bad gig
“I deliver pizza in a VERY rich area. I’m talking seeing Rolls Royce’s and supercars on a daily basis kind of rich.
My manager told me a story of someone that used to work there. This guy would deliver pizzas in a brand new BMW M3 and just put absolutely no effort into his job (delivering pizza isn’t hard).
Apparently this guy only had a job because his parents wouldn’t pay his allowance if he didn’t work.
How much was his allowance?
$5,000 a month
This guy was making $60,000 a year to deliver pizza part time.”
“That’s actually super common with wealthy families. An acquaintance of mine has the same deal with his parents. Work 40hrs a week and get ~$100,000 a year allowance plus the ~$15,000 a month mortgage paid for.
Edit: I should point out. This is NYC FIDI. $15,000/month is for a good sized two bedroom condo.”
“I have a kid in my MBA cohort that outsources his homework and projects to India. He bitched and moaned when one of our professors gave him a “C” when he only showed up to 2 classes after “he (his Dad)” donated $10,000 to school. Overall nice guy but doesn’t really have a clue.”
12. No difference
“Back in high school we were doing one of those ice breakers where we passed a beach ball around and whoever caught it had to answer the question their thumb landed on. Well, this kid who has proclaimed being rich numerous times before talking about his parents owning a known pizza place and how he drives an expensive sports car caught the ball and his question was “If you won a million dollars what would you do with it?” His response was somewhere along the lines of “A million dollars wouldn’t make any difference in my life” “
13. Yes you can
“Group of rich high school kids in Montana out driving around, drinking. Found two combines (large farm tractor thingies, worth about $250k each) out in a wheat field. Decided to have a demolition derby. Got caught. In the judges chambers, with the farmer, who just wanted the damages reimbursed. The high-end family lawyers asked what the hell they were thinking when they did it. The response: “Well, you can’t put a price on a good time”. Turns out that was the wrong answer….”
14. Not over it yet
“The dude who relentlessly bullied me in school was also the son of one of the richest people in the city. One day a teacher caught him with his hands around my throat and I was pinned against a wall. We were both taken to the teachers meeting room where it was explained to me that we should try and get along and that we should apologize to each other.
Did I mention his dad also built the flash new cafeteria for the school that year?
He was caught on numerous occasions with me in some state of distress and every time they found ways to make it both our problem. His dad pumped a lot of money into that school.
He also flew his friends on his private airline to Manchester United games so nobody stood up for me because they could lose their privileges. My saving grace was a lot of his mates in early years of secondary school turned on him in the later years because he was such an asshole.
Man, I’m clearly not entirely over it.”
15. Rags to riches
“Wouldn’t exactly call it rich kid syndrome, but it took me a while to get used to my GF’s lifestyle. I grew up in a very working class family with both my parents working full time just for us to stay afloat. Went round my GFs house and saw a lady making food in the kitchen, “You must be Mrs (Surname),” trying to be really polite and introduce myself to her family. That was actually their maid, awkward.
Luckily they’re all really down to Earth and stuff cause turns out her parents were basically homeless and living out of a storage space when they were my age, but her parents started up a little business that actually became successful enough to support them, and then just kept growing.”