‘Rich Kid Syndrome’ is when a rich kid unknowingly makes it incredibly obvious that they’ve had a super sheltered upbringing. Sometimes they’ll just innocently exhibit their cluelessness – which arguably reflects worse on their parents – but other times, they’ll out themselves as entitled, classist and downright rude.
Rich Kid Syndrome is defined by Urban Dictionary as when a child is “born into great fortune [but] does not realise it […] usually he or she has lived in a sheltered community, that consists of other rich kids, therefore when confronted with someone lesser of fortune, he or is she is unable to comprehend it. He or she is also lazy; having never having to worry about receiving anything due to a pampered lifestyle and usually receives failing marks in school.”
Here are Reddit’s most extreme examples of Rich Kid Syndrome.
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. Making waves
I grew up attending a private school in a developing country so a lot of my classmates were in the 1% of the country. Whenever we’d be swimming in the school pool one friend of ours in particular would always remark that swimming is more fun if the pool has a current or waves. To which I had no idea what he was talking about and generally thought he was just being imaginative.
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. Pocket money
My college roommate’s mom gave him f**king $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.
Knew a trust fund girl whose dad gave her the money to start a company. She lost it when she went on vacation for 6 months and forgot she was supposed to pay her employees all the time.
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 and it was clear she had no idea what a job was.
5. Cry me a river
Good friend of mine: “my dad bought me a house and now I can’t buy a house of my own.” (Stamp duties here are insane to prevent rich people from driving up property prices).
Although I have to say that I really respect my friend very much for his desire to actually step out of his dad’s shadow.
6. A Lexus for Lexi
Girl I went to high school with got a Mercedes for her 16th birthday. B***ched and moaned about the fact that she didn’t get a Lexus, because her name was Lexi and she thought it would be “sooooo cool!” for Lexi to drive a Lexus with a custom license plate saying “Lexi”.
Her parents did cave and buy her a Lexus for her 17th birthday.
7. Totally bought all on her own
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.
8. The big reveal
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 it’s 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). I felt bad for the Dad because he looked totally embarrassed and sad about it. You know in his head he’s like, “I created this monster”.
9. Reduced to ash
Dad bought his college aged daughter a house in a VERY nice neighbourhood 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.
10. A good deal
My personal favourite was in college – 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.
11. New wheels
I had a scholarship to private school for my secondary education (11-18.) We were by no means poor, but compared to the people who were paying full school fees I was a peasant. The vast majority of the students were wealthy, and about half of them were spoilt little brats. Most of the kids got given cars for their 17th birthday in anticipation of passing their driving tests. One boy in particular in my year had a September birthday, so was one of the first to take his test; and he had a huge house/garden, so he already knew how to drive (you can drive on private land at any age here.)
On the day he passed his test, he got dropped off back at his school in his shiny new sports car (I don’t know what type it was, idgaf about cars, but everyone else seemed impressed.) He picked up a couple of friends to go for a spin, and before he got ~100m up the road, he completely wrecked the f**king car. His dad bought him a new one the next day and he complained that it was the wrong colour.
This one is kinda mild I guess, but goes to show how clueless wealthy kids can be, completely unaware of the disparity between them and average income people.
Anyways he picked me up in a new $85,000 sportscar one day. The newest Corvette special edition model fresh off the line. I said holy s**t dude your car is incredible. He said he wished everyone knew he had to work a full month with his Grandfather and earned it himself.
There’s a lot of rich kids in my particular business program in university. I met this one girl a few months ago at a social. We were chatting a bit about our program and she proudly told me about how she threatens to sue the school whenever things don’t go her way.
She also said said something to the effect of: “they have to take the threat seriously because they know I actually have the means to follow through.”
14. That’ll teach him
My ex wife used to drive a 1998 Honda Accord. She treated it like sh*t and so one day I got into it to drive somewhere and I noticed that it was falling apart. I had two options; junkyard or sell it, and so I put it on Craigslist for $250. I thought it could go to a low income family that had someone with some know how who could semi restore it, but when I meet the buyer he was not who I expected.
He pulled up in a brand new Escalade and told me that he that his son was spoiled. His son had crashed a BMW, Mercedes, and an Audi and so he was done buying him nice cars. Turns out, this guy purchased my car as a way of torturing his son.
15. If it ain’t broke
From a lower class background and got into a top university in the UK where I joined the scuba club. I’m an instructor, paid for all my training and kit myself but damn, you could see my kit had been well used. Still safe and functional, just faded, frayed around the edges etc. One of the senior members (so he must have been nearly mid twenties) pointed out how beaten one items of kit looked and asked why I didn’t replace it.
I was genuinely confused. It worked, it was safe, all good to keep using in my books. He kept pointing out how it looked and I point blank told him I didn’t have £500 to drop on something just because what I had didn’t look pretty any more. He then asked why didn’t I just ask my parents to buy me a new one. Yes. Because in my twenties, after having worked part or full time for seven years, I will totally ask my single parent on disability benefits to buy me new toys. The guy was completely baffled.
16. Poor teacher
My first teaching job was at a private middle school in one of the wealthiest enclaves in the United States. I taught a kid who told me he didn’t finish his homework because his helicopter had stalled over the weekend so he couldn’t leave his family’s island. He was telling the truth.
Same kid was also a huge pain in the a*s who wanted to misbehave with the “cool” kids, and then would lie through his teeth while crying when held accountable. His parents knew he was a jerk and cared enough to bring me a case of wine from their vineyard as a gift every parent teacher conference or before the holidays, but they didn’t care enough to discipline their kid.
17. Money for nothing
A long time ago I was dating a rich girl, not insane rich, but rich enough. Well, I’m from Norway and we have a recycling system for plastic bottles (you get like 10 cents per bottle). Her family had a literal mountain of empty bottles and crates in their warehouse (they had a warehouse). I asked her dad “umm, whaddya gonna do with these?” for which he replied something like “oh, those are from our employees staff parties from a couple years back, I just haven’t had the time to get rid of them”.
Logically I told him that I’d recycle them for a percentage. He said “keep it all, guy”. So I did, I had to do multiple trips to several different stores, but it ended up being like $1300 bucks, which was insane money for me at the time. I bought a guitar for the money. I realise now it’s not a CRAZY story, but for me it was insane to earn that much money for 4-5 hours of work because her family couldn’t be a*sed to do it.
18. My heart bleeds
One time a college dorm mate next door was stressing his dad hadn’t yet given him money for the month, and $1000 wasn’t going to last him for the week.
Meanwhile I’m having to donate plasma to afford my next meal. Life just be like that.
19. Going out for a spin
I worked at a gas station in my early 20’s. It was the hang out spot for spoiled teens to show off their new cars, try to steal beer, but generally just hang out. Anyway, one d**chenozzle turned 16 and his parents bought him a brand new sports car (don’t ask me what it was, it just looked really expensive). By the next weekend, he totaled that car, trying to show off and do donuts in the intersection the gas station was on and just slammed right into a pole. He was fine, car demolished.
Within 2 weeks, this a*shat already had another BRAND NEW car! He would brag about how is parents were so stupid and he is already looking to ‘upgrade’ when the next model came out. No regard for the money his parents shelled out, no regard for the possible lives he put in jeopardy with his reckless driving.
20. An interesting house
I knew a kid named Thor growing up. He treated everyone like trash. He lived the giant obnoxious post-modern house in an otherwise normal neighborhood. I’m talking gravel lawn decorated with random spheres of differing colors. The house itself was an aluminum-clad cube with curved yellow rooms jutting out.
One year for his birthday, Thor got a 25 foot glass bird-watching bridge, which was affixed to the top floor. I don’t know that they had all that much money. I suspect they just wanted to feel like the big fish in a small pond.
21. So detached
In one language lesson we all had to describe our homes and those f**kers laughed at me when I described my perfectly normal house (3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, living room, kitchen.)
Completely detached from reality.
22. Wild stories
I went to a private school with a gigantic discount because my father has taught there for nearly 20 years at this point. Oh, the stories I could tell. One kid flew to Florida for a dentist appointment. One kid bought a jeep with a credit card. At one point we had an ATM on campus for some reason. Someone found a receipt for a withdrawal from a checking account which still had $900,000 in it.
I went on a field trip where we stayed in a hotel for a few nights and my roommate couldn’t understand why I didn’t want to go to a different hotel where we would both pay $100 per night when I only had $100 to last the entire week. I could go on.
23. Slightly tone-deaf
Guy in college chimed in on a conversation between my group of friends about how working multiple nights a week was taxing. He told us he was frustrated with his parents because they were only willing to help him out financially to a certain point.
They were paying for his education, rent, car, and food but he couldn’t believe how unreasonable they were being because they wouldn’t also pay for his reading week vacation.
24. That’s excessive
When I was at summer camp one year we were waking up one morning and rich kid goes “man these mattresses suck, I’m gonna have to call my chiropractor when I get home.”
The looks he got made him realize that most 12 year olds don’t have a chiropractor on call.
25. He kept that quiet
Dude in high school never wanted anyone to visit his house. Always wore nice clothes and had an okay first car, but nobody really knew why he had this aversion to houseguests. Oh well, our little clique hung out all through high school and then the day after graduation he actually invites us to his house for a grad party.
Mother f**ker. His lakefront house in the mountains had a jag and a Ferrari parked out front, he had a racket ball court in the basement that we weren’t allowed in, but that was okay cuz we had free reign of his VINTAGE ARCADE ROOM. Like, the stand up, feed a quarter type machines! He never told us for 4 years that he was stupid rich.
I was about, uh, 7 or 8, spending the night at my cousins’ house. They were much better off than we were. Then I got invited to a neighbour’s house who was even better off than they were. It was an amazing place. We played for hours.
But picture this: we’re playing with LEGOs like any 8 year old kids would do, and he needed a simple little 1×1 piece. He found a 1×1 piece with the little loop attached. Then he took wire cutters, cut the loop off, and he had a 1×1 piece. I was mortified. Still am 30 years later. Destroying a “special piece” always struck me as the most rich kid thing I’ve ever seen.
27. Daddy’s money
In college there was this girl sort of in our friend group that came from a wealthy family. When discussing plans for the summer there were some people planning a trip together and she overheard someone say they wish they could go, but they couldn’t afford it.
Her response was, “I don’t understand, why don’t you just have your parents pay for it?” She had always had her parents pay for everything and she genuinely thought it was the same for everyone.
28. Hardly starting from the bottom
This was actually recent… but a kid I went to high school with was on Facebook talking about how everyone is on the same playing field and with a little hard work, everyone can be successful. He went on to say how he “started from the bottom, and look at me now!”
I replied with a real estate link for the $3.2 million dollar home he grew up in. And this was in Wisconsin, where $3.2 mil goes a long way.
29. Oh dear
One of my friends had a roommate his freshman year of college who, their first night in their apartment, was in the kitchen and said something to the effect of “so, how exactly do you make a sandwich?”
He was a decent person, but he’d had a nanny and maids who did every little thing for him in the house, so pretty much had to start from scratch learning how to do basic household tasks.
30. How lazy
I attended a boarding school for 8th and 9th grade and lived across the hall from the kid of a major CEO. This kid was a little sh*t to say the least. On multiple occasions, he would walk into my room while I was doing homework or whatever and would start going through my clothing and ridiculing my taste in belts: “this belt is a piece of sh*t. Why don’t you get Gucci?”
I would respond “I like that belt… and I don’t need Gucci to look nice.” I remember once he was saying he didn’t want to microwave Mac and cheese anymore, and he offered me $50 to make him Mac and cheese whenever he wanted, I accepted instantly. Barely made any, well worth the $50.
31. His way or no way
I had a friend whose parents were very rich. He was a relatively down to earth guy but his major flaw was that he had zero concern for the plans and scheduling of others. He was the ultimate flake. He would make or cancel plans in a heartbeat because he had no sense of the time and expense it cost people to make plans.
When he made plans he would just decide what to do and do it. It never occurred to him that other people had budgets and commitments. This attitude has lost him a lot of friends over the years, including me.
32. Let’s hope they were paid well
Met this guy off of Tinder, hooked up a couple times and while hanging out one day it came out that he was rich. But not just normal rich, rich to the extent that his family had staff whose only job it was to polish the silverware.
While I was reeling from that news he proceeded to preach to me that he knew that those staff members had such wonderful fulfilling lives, because they were helping to keep ‘the house’ afloat and running smoothly. Did not see him again after that.
33. She must really love KFC
I dated this girl, and she loved KFC. She ended up getting her dad to buy the franchise across the road.
He relocated it to the same side of the road as her apartment was on so she didn’t have to cross the road.
34. A day at the pictures
In high school, one of the “rich/popular” kids rented out an entire movie theater to have a birthday bash. Everything was included – drinks/food, fair food (they had a snow cone/cotton candy thing set up inside), the arcade was on “free play” mode, and all the movies were playing.
I wasn’t invited (wasn’t popular enough)…but one of my buddies was and he was just gobsmacked that some family had enough money to virtually shut down a public movie theater for a day.
35. Hissy fit
I walked into the local US post office in a wealthy community north of Chicago and see a kid around 20, super preppy looking, leather loafers w/ no socks, and he is berating the clerk for not wrapping his shipment for him, making a huge scene about how they are paid to help him and that “his” taxes pay their salaries. Meanwhile, the queue is growing 10+ people deep. After the clerk finishes directing him how to properly seal the parcel, the clerk weighs the box, rings him up, and gives him his total. The kid runs a credit card. The clerk asks to see it. She asks if the card belongs to his mother and whether she is present.
She isn’t. She explains to him that he cannot use someone else’s credit card without written authorization. He starts rage screaming and spittle comes out of his mouth. The clerk pushes his parcel aside and calls, “Next customer.” The kid grabs his stuff, and then starts knocking over all the displays of packaging and Express mail/Priority mail supplies
36. A very expensive cab ride
A girl I went to college with was from New York and verrrrry rich. Right after the iPhone 4 came out, she got one. A few weeks later, they released it in white and she got one of those. So I asked her one time when I saw her: “I thought you had the black one.” “Oh yeah. I left it in a cab so I got this replacement.” Reasonable enough although cabs in my area are rarely taken and quite expensive. “Oh right, New York. You probably take a cab all the time.” “Yeah. But I took this one from (local mall) back to my dorm. The bus wasn’t coming for like ten minutes.”
The bus is free for students. She spent at least $100 for that cab ride instead of waiting a few minutes for a bus. And she had to buy a new phone afterwards.
37. How horrible
I dated an insanely rich guy (his parents were rich at least), like private island, friends had literal castles, etc. Anyways, his half brother was a total prick. His dad is one of the top lawyers in the UK, so naturally, he likes to argue, in a very condescending way.
So one time we got into a debate, his stance being that we shouldn’t use tax payer money to educate the general public on safety, and that if those people weren’t educated, they should just die, etc etc. It was getting a bit ridiculous, so I finally asked him straight up, thinking it would be a turning point for him, “do you think the actual lives of people who were born in less fortunate circumstances than you are not valuable enough to save?” He said yes without hesitating. This man genuinely believes his life is worth more than others just because he was born into wealth.
38. Interesting thing to call your butler
I worked at a summer camp a few years ago while in college. We had a few high school kids working there too. On the weekends we had a day off and 90% of the staff spent the day at the laundry mat doing laundry. I noticed this one high schooler struggling with his laundry. I told him I wouldn’t do it for him, but I would teach him how, as it is a valuable life skill.
He was getting frustrated at the easiest instructions and kept saying how his “man slave” did all the cleaning for him. I questioned the phrasing and he said that’s what his butler preferred to be called. Turns out this kid’s dad is some sort of royalty in Ireland or Scotland (I forget). I saved the kid’s clothes from a full container of laundry detergent.
39. Not that easy
Upon mentioning that I had never been outside the US, a classmate of mine told me “you should definitely go,” as casually and nonchalantly as you’d tell someone to check out that new restaurant down the street.
I was so frustrated that I just straight up told her “We don’t have that kind of money.” An awkward silence followed.
40. How the other half live
My first roommate in college was a girl from Mexico who told me her father owned a “lot of warehouses.” Cue my cocked eyebrow. She and I didn’t get a long from the get go. I come from a blue collar family, second ever on my dad’s side to go to college and first on my mom’s side. I had to work the entire time I went to school, which to her did not compute. She would tell me “I’m going to Paris for the weekend” and I’d be like, “Oh. OK. Have fun? I have to work a double on Saturday.”
She told her dad something that ended up with her dad buying her a condo in town while also paying for the dorm. So I lived in a single most of the year. Her Dad bought her a brand new jeep grand cherokee which wasn’t good enough and a few days later I saw her in a Cadillac Escalade. I was an a**hole tho and totally borrowed her Louis Vuitton heels a few times while she was in Paris or whatever.
41. Responsible parenting
Underage kid tries to order a beer with an (obvious) fake ID at a restaurant/bar, so like any other business, we refuse to give it back. His DAD goes up to my manager and asks to give it back because his son “paid a lot of money for that fake.” The dad proceeds to throw a fit during a busy dinner rush until my manager says the son can have the ID back after the police come to verify it is real. Dad and son storm out.
The kicker? It’s legal here to have a beer with your parent if they’re there to consent and prove they’re the legal guardian. The kid could’ve ordered a beer legally the entire time
42. An interesting competition
I had a friend who worked at the wealthiest boarding school in Europe. Her students were the children of oligarchs and oil princes with access to insane amounts of money.
One day they found a receipt to a night club with a bill totaling $137k. When they approached the student about the receipt. His response was that he got into a money spending contest with his friend to see who could rack up the largest bill that night. Unclear who won.
43. Hot wheels
There was this girl in high school that was given a car for her birthday. Nothing to special, a Hyundai, maybe a Honda. Her dad paid cash for it.
She traded it in because it got dirty, and she did this 3 or times before the dealership realised what she was doing and that she didn’t have dad’s permission to trade it in the first place.
No crazy story or anything but my best friend was absolutely floored when I told him that most people have to take on debt to finance their college tuition and that not everyone has a mommy and daddy capable of paying their way through.
I love this kid to death but man… that one really exposed his so cal suburban white upbringing.
45. Good riddance
My ex would buy new clothing from designer stores each season, and he’d shred and throw the previous season’s clothing away.
When I pointed out the possibility of him donating it to a charity store he thought it was wonderful and felt really proud of himself. He never thought of donating clothing, or really been in a secondhand store before (until I dragged him in there). I dumped him soon after.
46. Stuck up
Some guy on Facebook always flies 1st or business class. For some reason he leaves it till the last minute and he only able to fly economy for this particular flight. It’s only a 757 so there’s only a few business class seats.
He makes a status saying how p***ed off he is at the airline for making him sit with normal people. People that think they’re above other people because they have more money deserve a broken jaw.
47. Pretty extravagant
When I lived in the dorms my freshman year of college, my next door neighbour came from a very privileged upbringing to say the least.
Instead of doing his laundry in the dorm laundromat like everyone else, he decided it was too much of a chore so he found a service to come and pick up his laundry once a week, wash it, fold it, and deliver it to him the next day.
48. Slight contrast
Old roommate had lawyers for parents. She spilled water on my laptop and it broke. It wasn’t super fancy, but it was an expensive laptop that my parents helped me buy for school. Anyways, when it wouldn’t turn on she said, “oh that sucks. But your parents can just get you a new one.”
They couldn’t. I had no laptop for a semester in college which was hella difficult since the computer lab wasn’t open 24/7 and I had studio classes and sh*t and was busy always. Anyways, I ended up getting a $1000 scholarship to buy a computer. That Christmas break, her boyfriend stepped on her MacBook Pro and the screen cracked. Instead of fixing the screen, her parents bought her a brand new MacBook Pro, the bigger one. And a new car.
49. Really self-made
Kid in high school got a brand new Jag. Which is fine, but kept talking about how he earned the money and paid for it himself. How?
By selling the stock his grandmother gave him the day before. Was convinced it was he got it through hard work and earning it.
50. Disposable earphones
There was this girl with AirPods on and one fell right in front of her feet. It didn’t break and she could have picked it up and used it but no. She said “well, time to get new AirPods” and threw the other AirPod in the trash.
I sh*t you not the next day she had AirPods and I asked her “did you get your AirPod from the trash?” I thought that she got them back from the floor and trash. She said “nah, I just got new ones.”