As ordinary people around the world suffered from the health and economic impacts of the pandemic, billionaires have actually expanded their fortunes. According to the Institute for Policy Studies analysis of Forbes data, the combined wealth of all U.S. billionaires increased by $1.763 trillion (59.8 percent) between March 18, 2020 and July 9, 2021, from approximately $2.947 trillion to $4.711 trillion.
This just shows that people with and without money lead very different lives. Recently Reddit user u/amaltheahope asked others on the platform, “What is something that rich people do that really annoys you?” and everyone immediately started sharing some relatable examples of all the irritating stuff wealthy folks are known for. From happiness to food, continue scrolling to check out the most-discussed topics.
When they insist that money doesn’t buy happiness. Maybe it doesn’t buy happiness, but it does buy vacations, therapy, adequate medical care, and not having to worry about whether or not you’ll have the money to pay rent and eat every month.
When they act like everybody has the same 24 hours in a day. Like, oh OK, how many hours did you spend at the laundromat last week? Or how many hours did you spend on the bus?
My rich friend orders 20 things from McDonald’s and eats two of them, and then throws the rest away. I’m not exaggerating. She is infinitely kind and generous, but that kind of waste makes me shake my head.”
Try to be relatable to “regular” people on social media. Like remember when celebrities were struggling just as much as everyone during covid in their multi-million dollar homes? Yeah, they can f**k themselves.
When they lack perspective. It’s shown through the advice they give (‘Just borrow money from your parents,’ and, ‘Go back to school’). It shows that they have no idea how so many people live
Use their money and power to make laws and policies to enrich themselves even more, all while keeping the rest of us fighting among ourselves for the scrapes
Offering the ‘You should just…’ advice. Having unlimited funds allows for risk taking in a way that working people can’t relate to. No, I can’t just quit my job. I have rent to pay.
Failing to recognize the extent to which luck (including luck of birth) played into their success.
Assume they deserve and earned everything they have and that consequently, poor people just aren’t working hard enough. Even if a person legitimately built their own wealth and jumped socio-economic status on their own, they’re still engaging in survivor bias.
Lots of poor people work very hard and take on a lot of misery in service of a better life. And a lot of those people stay poor forever and never get their break.
My aunt and her wife both work for the state. Her wife is the Deputy Commisoner of Environmental Protection. And I’m not sure what my aunt did but she was pretty high up and retired right before covid. Never had any kids. Needless to say, they’re pretty well off.
They send my 95 year old Grandma a bill every month for what she owes them. When my aunt takes her to Starbucks and “buys” her drink, goes on the bill.
My grandma would offer money on her necessaties, because that’s who she is. Pay for her groceries they bring her, etc. But they literally keep record of anything they ever pay for and bill her at the end of the month.
Like…where’s your soul?
When rich leaders have fake philosophies like, ‘We’re in this together,’ and, ‘First to arrive, last to leave,’ etc.
My relatives are fairly well off. I don’t know what it is about them but they have a notorious habit of bossing people around. My aunt (who I am very close with) straight up told me to go out and start a walking dogs business out of nowhere and that when she sees me again, I better have a walking dog business. What??? This is the way they function and when you stand up to them you get told you’re lazy, don’t care etc.
Just for clarity. I’m looking for work. Her method wouldn’t work for where I live. It’s nowhere near practical. Even if it was, it’s extremely bossy.
Lecture us on saving the planet from their big diesel super yachts, private jets and mansions (not counting their city homes and holiday homes) that houses their classic car collection that they drive around for fun.
Burn £20 notes in front of a homeless person, after they were asked for money. Ronald Coyne, a Tory Cambridge student did this. Insufferable c**t.
When they complain that people on welfare haven’t earned that money and don’t deserve it; meanwhile rich people spoil their kids or give them comfortable jobs as if they’ve earned that stuff.
Some of them behave narcissistically, mainly by sexually assaulting people and sending out hush payments (like Trump, Clinton, Cosby, O’Reilly, Ailes, Weinstein, Epstein, etc.), and some of them abuse workers’ basic rights by intentionally putting bathrooms far away from workspaces (like Jeff Bezos did with Amazon’s warehouses).
Assume that people who have low-paying jobs just didn’t work hard enough or aren’t smart enough to get any better jobs.
My boyfriends mother literally said this to me “How can anyone live in such small apartment. I could never live in such small space.” after I told her how big apartment where I live is.
Talk down to us more “common” people. I worked in a restaurant filled with rich people. And literally my first day, I messed up, not even majorly, i stuttered when reading out the drinks, and one of the rich men sighed and said “oh, hes new” in such a disgusted manner. Like bro, im literally your waiter for the next 5hrs and literally the whole night, him and his friends were talking down to me. They didnt even leave a tip, despite them all having incredible amounts of money, which uno, i would of appreciated even if it was as little as a pound. I worked my arse off to get you your meals and drinks all night and you didnt show any appreciation. If you are somehow reading this, mr rich man, [screw] you.
Buy real estate and hike up the price so much the local people can’t afford to live there anymore
Exploit poor people to film themselves acting generous. I’m all for buying homeless people things, but you don’t have to film yourself giving to them and post it all over social media. They are people too, with friends and family. No need to make them feel small when they already struggle in life.
From my sister who was a tutor/nanny for a period of time.
Horrifically b***hy and abusive trophy wives. This got bad enough that she would turn down work from the “second wives club”.
Chronically ill and under the weather first wives who lay in bed all day….and had a host of “first world problems”.
A broad assumption that you work for them, therefore they own you.
The other point I hear of was her being hit (bumped) on three different occasions by people in Mercedes who, rather than getting out and making sure everything was OK, would pull alongside, laugh and wave through the window like “silly me!” and then just drive off.
Move to low cost of living places and then drive up the cost of living for locals, who then can’t afford to live in their hometown. Thanks for ruining Bozeman you dickheads
When that “rich kid” in class in elementary pulls up with a new giant box of crayons with a crayon sharpener and won’t even let you sharpen your crayons
Guilt trip the public into donating money (that they may not have much of) to help [Enter charitable cause here] when they could just hand over wads of their own cash without feeling the pinch.
One of my friends in high school had parents that are rich and it was insanely annoying how he would continuously downplay and refuse to acknowledge just how incredibly lucky his family was. His parents were some of the sweetest and most genuinely nice people I’ve ever met and fully acknowledged that while they had worked hard they also got extremely lucky to be as successful as they were. For sone reason he just couldn’t see that every person who got rich there was a huge contributing factor of luck. It’s especially baffling because he was adopted by them so if the adoption hadn’t gone through for whatever reason his life could have been radically different.
Buy vehicles that are status symbol related, even though they are notoriously bad investments with huge depreciation.
Not always rich people either…
Range/Land Rovers, Maserati ect
The neighborhood I bought my first house in was middle class but there was one house that was much bigger than all the rest, they had nice landscaping had a pool and had new cars in driveway every 6 months. But the thing that bothered me was the amount of trash they set out on the curb. It was family of four and they would weekly put out 6/8 garbage cans. Most people in the neighborhood had one or two. How much material goods are they buying on a weekly basis to generate that much trash? For some reason that really annoyed me.
I worked at a fancy hotel with a country club style membership to our super fancy gym, and it always struck me just the total disconnect truly rich people have. Like the kind of never ending family money that is just something they have known since birth.
It’s not that they are jerks or anything, in fact those ungodly rich people were always some of the easiest to work with because they always paid for what they wanted and understood how to interact with “the help” (sounds terrible, but it was better than the “new money” folks who liked to bark orders and talk down to you to feel better important while they haggled over every single charge).
It wasn’t horrible but was always off putting when they would ask about our grand holiday plans and being honestly surprised we had to work at the hotel they were staying at for their fancy holiday? And then would like sincerely thank us? Which is nice because they appreciate you but also like, this isn’t fun for me and I’d rather be with my family.
Or paying $100 a night to have their sheets pressed everyday, guest who would drop $300 in the sport store for a change of gym clothes and overpriced shoes because they hadn’t packed theirs, and how they would come back from the fancy mall with bags and bags from places like Hermès talking about a nice little afternoon shopping trip just because.
Again nothing horrible in the treatment or even bad how they spent their money, it paid my bills, but it almost felt like an alien encounter. Like our words were so far apart I know I can’t even comprehend that type of money. Like their life was really that Arrested Development meme not knowing what a banana cost.
I can’t stand their style of dress. I mean, a monocle and a top hat? Get real.
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