People Share A Case Of Rich Kid Syndrome They’ve Experienced
We all know at least one of these kinds of children: bratty, selfish, or spoiled. These kids are the epitome of annoying—they are often rude, condescending, and tend to throw temper tantrums when they don’t get their way. It’s worse when they have uber-rich parents. They don’t know the value of money, how to treat people, or how to be humble. For some, these qualities never wear off, and they never fully recover from “rich kid syndrome.”
Could you imagine throwing a fit over the fact that your custom car won’t ship from Germany earlier than six weeks? What about purposefully crashing your expensive vehicle so your parents will buy you an even snazzier one? Or throwing a fit over the fact that your family made you sail on their yacht to Italy all summer? While these scenarios may all sound absurd, they are as truthful as they are unsettling. The witnesses to the behaviors of snotty, spoiled kids took to the internet to share the worst instance of “rich kid syndrome” they’ve ever experienced.
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#1 That’s A Little Excessive
In middle school, we were asked to draw our homes for some assignment and hand it in at the end of class. A popular, extremely wealthy kid who sat behind me raised his hand and smugly asked the teacher for another sheet of paper because he couldn’t draw it all on one page. His friends just snickered but I was cringing. Even at 12, I remember thinking it was such a snobby thing to say.
#2 Um, Yes We Are?
I work at a country club and on the Fourth of July (while I was working), a little girl asked why we were closing at 7 p.m. instead of staying open all night. I told her I wanted to light sparklers and fireworks with my family too! She thought about it, looked back at me and said, “But… y’all aren’t real people?” I just had to laugh and inform her I was indeed real and that all my coworkers weren’t just the slaves of the country club. Wildman.
#3 I Have No Pity
I ended up at one of those fancy private universities. Coming from a small Ohio town, it resulted in a lot of “culture shock.” One of the most memorable moments was when I was eating breakfast at one of the campus restaurants super early before I opened the store I worked at. There was a girl at a table with her friend who was just completely broken down, sobbing.
She was basically incomprehensible and I immediately thought she must have lost a family member. My heart broke for her… until, through rolling tears, she managed to croak out, “It’s just not fair! I asked for a Mercedes and he got me a BMW.” Meanwhile, I’m hoping my paycheck can cover an overdue oil change on my 1998 Plymouth Neon.
#4 You’re The Maid, Buddy
I worked at a Starbucks and we hired a new guy, who I was training. At one point, I had to show him how to clean the restrooms. I grabbed the bleach and handed him a pair of gloves. He looked at me in disgust and said, “We don’t have a maid to clean the bathrooms?” He quit the next day. I don’t even know if he was actually a rich kid or not.
#5 It’s Not That Simple, Richie
The Nintendo DS just came out. It was like, $150 and there was no way I could afford it. My family lived in a cramped, one-bedroom apartment and drove a 20-year-old car that was always breaking down. We ate those cheap bags of Walmart beans and rice for months at one point. I expressed my desire to own one after my friend said he had one. He blurted out, “Why can’t your parents just… buy you one? I don’t get it, it’s dirt cheap?” He didn’t want to be my friend anymore after that. He literally avoided me and made fun of me for the rest of the year behind my back.
#6 What A Demanding Little Brat
I work for a dentist and her son is a spoiled brat. He was at the office one day because she had to bring him to an appointment later that day. He got bored and went out, wandering around some of the local shops. He came back a little while later and, without any preamble, walked up to her and said, “Give me $80”. She asked him what it was for and he just repeated himself. She gave it to him.
#7 Consequences Don’t Exist, Apparently
My fiance’s cousin managed to crash four cars while still in high school because he knew his father would replace them without question. When he moved into college, he got kicked out of several apartments for owning a dog when they weren’t permitted. He told me he didn’t care though since his father also funded his continuous stream of new housing. From what I last heard, his father is now paying for his long-standing drinking habit.
#8 It’s All A Big Misunderstanding
My brother works at a rehab center for the kids of wealthy parents. He’s always got stories, but the one that sticks with me the most was a kid who was in trouble with the law and doing rehab before his court appearances. He wanted to look like a better person so that hopefully the judge would go easier on him. He was mopey one day, so my brother asked him what was wrong.
The kids started talking about how tough the whole experience had been for him, how it has been so hard on his family that his parents had to sell his house to pay for his rehab. My brother felt sympathetic and said, “Darn, that sucks that your parents had to sell their house over this,” to which the kid corrected him, “No, they kept their house. They had to sell mine.”
#9 That’s One Way To Curb Jealousy
My friend got a theater and arcade built over this family’s 12-car garage. His parents didn’t want his five-year-old sister to be jealous, so they hired an architect to design and built her a fully-functioning playhouse with a bathroom, AC, and a bedroom. That’s just the tip of the iceberg with this family, though…
#10 I Don’t Think You’re Ready For The Real World
“I could absolutely survive on my own. My parents just pay for my food and house, but I pay for everything else. If I got a job I could pay for my food and house too,” An 18-year-old rich girl said this in the middle of a discussion between two middle-class peers who were talking about saving money because they had to pay for their own college and living expenses.
About five minutes prior to this conversation, both peers had ordered the cheap dinner options and declined a shopping trip later that night, while the rich girl was talking nonstop about buying the most expensive souvenirs for her friends. Once, she tried working a regular-person-retail-job and then she quit within a couple of weeks.
She eventually moved across the country for an eight-month education course, where her parents paid for her food, rent, and schooling. They also gave her a debit card which replenished up to $500 when it hits $50… She constantly suggests the most expensive options for meals, activities, etc., and tacks on things like, “We can just split the bill—I know you’re saving, but it’s just $50. You’ll be fine right?” Then she gets upset when people can’t afford to spend time with her.
#11 Oh, So He’s Rich Rich
A friend of mine inherited a lot of money. It was enough to buy a house, yet he spent it on two cars. One was a Subaru, completely modded to the Ken Blocks version of it, and the other one was a BMW. They were both extremely expensive. We asked him a few months later why he didn’t buy a house with the money instead because he still lived with his parents. He told us that he already owned a penthouse, he just didn’t want to move yet…
#12 Your Parents Are Far Too Forgiving
One of my college classmates wrecked his Range Rover over winter break and came back in an Aston Martin.
#13 That’s A Strange Threat For A 10-Year-Old
I was in military school once and there were a bunch of rich international kids there. It was an all-boys school and one kid got in a fight with another kid. He was losing pretty bad. In the middle of the fight, he pushed the other kid away and yelled, “This fight is over! You’re getting sued by my dad’s lawyer!” We were only 10-years-old.
#14 Well, They Don’t Give A Crap
I went to a destination wedding ina Mexico resort. The rich kids rented a golf cart, tore through the streets and flipped the cart, injuring people and causing a huge commotion. A Mexican lady came out and began to scold them for their behavior. “You wouldn’t act this way at home!” The rich kid responded, “I promise you, we do.” It was the earnestness of his reply that got me.
#15 You Are Spoiled To The Core
We went to high school with this insufferably spoiled kid. The family had a couch and classical European sculpture in their home elevator. The kid regularly talked down to the less fortunate. One time, he made fun of me for picking a coin up off the ground. Clearly, he never learned the value of a dollar because he’s never had to lift a finger to make one.
#16 Sounds Like The Kid Won That One
I went to school with a crazy rich kid. His parents divorced and each decided to buy his love. His mom owned a real estate agency, so she got him a license and spoon-fed him enough sales for a six-figure income. The dad, on the other hand, bought him a magazine company to run. It worked about as well as you’d imagine.
#17 Not A Great Fallback Plan, Buddy
My fraternity brother’s monthly allowance of $2,000 was canceled from his parents because he got a few F’s on his report card. He then called his aunt for a separate allowance. The dude was a huge jerk. His dad is a very successful stockbroker in the Memphis area. He only went to college so he could earn a degree to work at that company. He already had it made from day one.
#18 Yikes, How Will She Survive?
I knew a girl whose allowance was $90 a day. She got into trouble, so they cut it to $90 a week.
#19 Please Teach Her The Value Of A Dollar
She got a new, super-expensive phone for Christmas, then an even more expensive phone for Valentine’s Day. She gave the old one to one of her friends. She constantly has super expensive items and sits in the lap of luxury. Her dad drives her to school every day in his Lamborghini and she is picked up in a limo at the end of the day. She’s super bratty and can’t stand it when something doesn’t go her way.
#20 I Just Can’t Understand This Logic
My friend literally throws away his change because he hates holding coins. It doesn’t matter if it’s $0.99, he’ll throw it away. That stuff adds up, man.
#21 Manipulating The System Has Never Been More Dangerous
This rich witch in high school got a BMW for her 17th birthday. About a week later, she totaled it. A few of my friends and I were wondering what happened, considering there considered pretty safe and reliable. Apparently, she wanted a brand new 2000 BMW 3. Series and she got a 1997 model. She’s so spoiled.
#22 That Sounds Like An Awful Summer
So my best friend’s wife teaches at a ritzy, $40,000-per-year private school. As in, $40,000 a year for elementary and middle school (I think the high school is about $50,000). Well, she teaches 7th or 8th grade, I can’t remember, and she said she always goes around the class after the summer break, asking them what they did over the summer. She particularly remembers one kid complaining about how much his summer sucked because he was stuck on his parent’s yacht all summer and they didn’t even take it to anywhere cool… just Italy.
#23 This Sounds Like The Parents’ Fault
In high school, a kid was bragging that he got in his third fender bender in his “old” car that his parents gave him. He didn’t care because his parents were buying him an entirely new car to incentivize him to drive better and safer. I’m not sure if I agree with that parenting strategy, but to each their own, I guess.
#24 Not Everyone Is A Millionaire, Dude
I knew this one guy at my college who didn’t understand why everybody got so worked up about student loans. I remember him saying something along the lines of, “Why don’t people just pay the tuition upfront?” He was also quite sheltered, so I guess I cut him some slack. It’s not his fault he was raised to be so obtuse.
#25 This Kid Needs A Finance Class
I worked with this kid who was a good guy but completely disconnected from financial reality. He’d just moved out west from another state and was trying to get on like a “normal” adult. He went to buy a new car and was shocked that they couldn’t just bill his dad for it. He ordered a bottle of wine at a restaurant and the sommelier said: “Just for your knowledge, sir, the bottle is $700.” He looked straight at him and asked: “Is that a lot?” The sommelier honestly didn’t know how to answer.
#26 I Hope He Got Suspended
In middle school, a repairman was working on a broken AC in our class. This one kid kept making fun of how dirty he looked. The repairman finally had enough of it and requested the kid to come to the principal office with him. The kid started screaming stupid stuff like, “How dare you speak to me in that tone, do you know who my dad is? Don’t you dare touch me, you’re dirty.” At that moment, I lost all faith in humanity.
#27 I Don’t Want To Hear It, Sweetie
I had a friend whose family was ridiculously rich. She was so blind to just how lucky she was. She once left her limited edition Pikachu 2DS on a plane and was able to replace it, along with all the games she left behind. Her biggest complaint was that she’d have to make up all her lost gameplay. She just kept whining about it. She was living on her own in an apartment that her parents paid for despite being thousands of miles away from her. She also ordered dinner from gourmet places every night.
She took great care to detail for me exactly what she was having every night. I was living in a college dorm at the time, in a town that was basically a food desert. Nothing was available for delivery unless you wanted Papa John’s, and the options for dining out other than the campus dining hall were Moe’s and a few other places of similar quality.
I’d been pretty content with these until her luxurious lifestyle started to make me envious. She just couldn’t help but flaunt her wealth all the time. I talked to her once about it and at least she was kind enough to stop telling me every dinner she was splurging on, but with everything else, she was still 100% obnoxious.
#28 He Got What Was Coming To Him
I saw this Aussie guy in a Thai pub on Koh Samui. He wanted to show the bar girls that he was rich, so he lit up a 1,000 baht bill. He probably did not know how much Thai’s loved their King, and his face is on the bill. What’s even worse is that the king just recently died. The rich kid got his butt kicked so hard. He was thrown out of that bar.
#29 Where Is The Logic?
I babysat some rich kids. When we were watching a movie, one of the kids made a remark about how someone was ugly because they were poor. That kid was about 11 years old.
#30 Jeez, His Life Is So Hard
This kid back in high school was whining (I mean literally whimpering) because he had to wait for something like six weeks for his custom-built BMW to come over from Germany. I will never fathom how a human can end up so spoiled to the point where not receiving something immediately upon request will trigger tears within the millisecond.
#31 At Least He Covered The Cost
I became friends with a kid whose family was really well off. He was a really nice guy, but just a bit sheltered. University was the first time he really had any independence, but he had very little sense of what the value of a dollar really was since his folks got usually him what he wanted without question. There was one particular time he wanted us to eat at a restaurant, and he assured us it was a really good spot. So we all rocked up to this place, only to discover the prices for main courses started at $40 to $60. When he realized this, he was so embarrassed he got his folks to pay for it.
#32 We Need To Have A Chat
I was complaining about how I was short on money one month because I had to pay for rent and a tag renewal all in the same paycheck. My rich friend looked at me, super seriously, and said: “Don’t worry, they send you those in the mail for free!” After a long discussion, she learned that, in fact, her mom had been paying for her new tags every year.
#33 What An Unfortunate Dilemma
My friend’s parents had a dilemma because they both bought each other new Mercedes for Valentine’s Day.
#34 Hey, You Got Free Food
When I got out of the navy, I decided to use my GI bill at one of the Penn State satellites. I was sitting in the cafeteria drinking coffee and typing up a paper when a girl sat down across from me. She pulled out a sandwich bag from her backpack, looked at it in disgust, then looked me dead in the eye and said, “I don’t even know why I bother, my mother never cuts off the crust.”
I let out one of those high-pitched short laughs. Was this girl for real? Oblivious to the tone of it, she said, “I know right,” then asked me if I wanted it. I looked around thinking I was getting pranked or something, but she shook it at me and quipped, “Well?” I said screw it and took the sandwich, she then pulled out her student ID card and bought a ton of french fries.
That sandwich was awesome, by the way. I think the bread was homemade and it was stacked like a Dagwood. It had all kinds of expensive-looking meats and Dijon mustard; serious gourmet stuff. I know this girl’s mother will never see this, but I just want to assure her that at least someone appreciated her sandwich.
#35 Someone Is Full Of Themselves
When I was in boarding school, one of my co-boarders handed me some mail, saying, “Do you notice anything special about this envelope?”When I checked it out, I realized his face was on the stamp… Apparently, I was in the presence of royalty. This guy must have been loaded. I honestly didn’t know how to act. The guy was eating up my expressions and smirking the whole time.
#36 Gosh, This Would Make Me Wince
I went on a cruise with a rich friend. Dinner was served as a three-course menu, and you could order as many different courses as you wanted. My rich friend would order two plates of food per course, eat a single bite or two, and throw away the rest of the food. My family was extremely poor when I was younger, and even though we are much better financially now, we still refuse to throw away even the smallest leftovers. All those plates of food wasted hurt my heart to see.
#37 It’s Fine, I Don’t Fight Cowards
In high school, a kid made fun of my mother, so I squared up ready to fight him. Then he said, “If you lay a finger on me, I’ll get my fathers lawyer to sue your family for everything they’ve got.” I laughed at him, called him a coward and went on with my life. The moment he said that to me, I realized he wasn’t worth the trouble.
#38 Now This Is Just Ridiculous
My mom’s friend used to buy new clothes each season and throw out the old ones. She had to be taught by her husband to save them for the next year.
#39 Ah, If Only I Thought Of That
I used to work as an after-school babysitter for a LOADED doctor couple with two kids. My job was mainly to pick up the younger kid from school and hang out with them until his parents got home. He was a good kid, but coddled and immature. He was in 5th or 6th grade at this point. Oftentimes, he would not be at his classroom when I came to get him, and the school campus was huge.
I had to comb the whole campus, and he was rarely in the same place twice. He had a cell phone but he usually ignored its existence except for when he played games on it while in the car. The school was in the city and I had to park on the street. A couple of times, I wound up with parking tickets because, despite having stuffed the meter with enough quarters, the search for my charge would take much longer than anticipated.
After a point, I mentioned this to him, calmly asking that he respect my time and stay in a set location so that I don’t end up with a $25 ticket again. He looked at me with a good-natured shrug and said, “Well, that’s not much. You can afford that.” Sonny, your parents pay me $140 a week and I was in college. I know you live in a $1.4-million house and your dad buys you an expensive new toy every Sunday, but with the money they’re forking over for your education, someone ought to have taught you the value of a dollar by now.
#40 Let’s Teach This Kid A Lesson
I worked as a bouncer at a high-end night club. The biggest jerk of a rich kid, straight out of Malibu’s Most Wanted, got a VIP booth and bottle service. He racked up a massive bill trying to act like a baller. His credit card got denied and he had to call his dad to come down at 1:30 a.m. because he couldn’t order any more bottles. The worst part? His dad actually came down, in his pajamas. He was obviously ashamed and furious at his kid, but he still handed over another credit card to him. The kid basically snatched the card from his dad’s hands and turned his back away in a snap, while the dad sluggishly walked back out of the venue to his car.
#41 That’s A Slap In The Face
When I was a kid, I got bullied a lot by this one kid named Miguel. His family was a lot better off than mine. They spoiled him, buying him the latest shoes, Starter jackets, video games, etc. He was always showing it off and especially liked to rub it into my face. My parents both worked two jobs to try and provide a decent life for me growing up, but money was tight. Most of my clothes I either got from the thrift store or they were hand-me-downs from my older cousins.
I remember one day, my parents decided to treat me and take me to the Nike outlet and get a pair of brand new sneakers. This was the first pair of shoes I had in a long time that was all mine and never worn by anyone else. I remember being so excited to wear them to school and walked onto the playground with a big smile the next day. Miguel took one look at my shoes and said, “Nice new, old shoes. I had a pair of those last year when they were cool.” Then, he proceeded to kick dirt on them. With a few words and some dirt, he completely crushed the happiness high I was riding in an instant.
#42 They Could Buy The Whole Library
A rich kid I know brought $1,000 to the book fair in elementary school. Yeah, $1,000. That’s not a typo.
#43 Sounds Like They Want To Get Rid Of Her
My step-sister blew off a Paris vacation because she didn’t bother to get her passport renewed. A week later, her sugar daddy bought her a vacation to Mexico for a week. She missed that one too. Also, a year earlier, her mom got her a seven-day cruise that she missed because her mom didn’t bother to check when her spring break was. It keeps me up at night thinking about all the money that had been wasted to get her out of the country.
#44 Impulsive Online Shopping Is A No-No
I befriended him in fifth grade over our shared interest in the Yugioh trading card game. The first time I hung out at his place, I noticed just how littered with stuff his room was. I showed him some rare card that I had recently pulled from a pack. He got super jealous and angry that I wouldn’t trade or sell it to him. He immediately got up, walked over to the family computer and booted up a site where you could buy cards.
He was completely ignoring me at this point, his eyes glued to the screen while he online shopped. After adding a few things to his cart, he yelled, “Where’s the credit card?” Immediately, his older sister came running up the stairs to yell, “Kyle, mom said no more buying stuff online!” He closed the website and shut off the computer. Kyle then proceeded to have a crying tantrum on the floor. I was just standing there over him in shock at how he was acting. I slowly stopped hanging out with him after that.
#45 So Close, But So, So Far
A guy looked at my $2,000 beater car in college and commented that it must’ve been really cheap. He guessed $15,000.
#46 Call the Police
I was at the Ford dealership getting my oil changed and killing time by walking through the big showroom. There is a Mustang GT350 sitting in the middle with a huge bow on it and folks gathered around waiting for someone. Minutes later the family comes in with their son, who immediately yells about wanting it in blue instead of black, and denting the passenger door with a swift kick.
#47 Good Riddance!
#48 Wash Her Mouth Out
I was in a Toys R Us in the 90s. A mother and daughter, who had to be around 12, were shopping. The girl asked if she can have some toy. The mother said, “No, we are here to get a gift for … .” The girl asked once or twice more and the mom declined.
The girl then said “f*** you, Mommy” and took off running. The mother chased here, while the kid cursed her out. Eventually, it must have ended.
I went to check out and the mother/daughter were behind me. The mother not only got her the toy she wanted, but actually apologized.
My cat will only eat his kibble if it’s whole pieces. He ignores the broken ones. Spoiled cat… I mean brat!
#50 Oooh, It’s Shiny
#51 Pass The Classifieds, Please
#52 It Wasn’t A Good Year
#53 But Me My Own Or Else
#54 Jet Set
In college, I knew a girl whose daddy was some big shot banker or something. He made enough that the wife didn’t have to work, and 3 kids could go to expensive schools with little financial aid.
This girl didn’t have to work during college, had all her supplies and lodging paid for by daddy, and got to fly home every time there was a 3-day weekend. All on her father’s dime.
I once had to borrow $10 from her to pay for some food when we went out to eat. I promised I would pay her back once I got my check next week (at the time I worked for a cafe), and she seemed cool with it. Turns out she was not cool with it, and promptly bashed me on her blog and to all her other friends, calling me a bad person and a thief. All because I borrowed $10, which I paid her back. I brought up the blog posts and she was very embarrassed.
Last I heard of her she’s living in a daddy-paid Manhattan apartment, working part-time as a receptionist at a yoga studio. She started a new blog about “the struggle.”
EDIT: Another instance, this was back in high school so the details are a little fuzzy, but there were two girls. 1. The daughter of oil money 2. the daughter of a garbage truck corporation. They always tried to out-do each other. The oil money girl got a brand new Audi convertible when she got her license.
#55 Rich People Problems
I’m from a rich area in Dallas, TX, so I’ve seen some stuff. I went back for a visit, and my childhood best friend was complaining that her parents were only letting her go to New Zealand instead of Amsterdam. Her dad is a multi-millionaire, and both of her teenage brothers drive Teslas.
My male best friend was complaining to me that he didn’t get to go to prom in a hummer limo, only a regular stretch. He looked like he was going to pass out when I told him that I missed prom in high school to work a night shift.
Glad I don’t know them anymore.
#56 It’s Not Fair!
I dated a girl who was given a brand new car for her 16th. She had it for less than a year before she crashed it. Her parents bought her a used car. She had it for about a year before crashing it. They bought her a THIRD car (used), and when her brother turned 16, she pitched a fit because he got a new car, while she had to drive around her used car.
#57 Jobs Are Beneath Me
I didn’t know her personally, but I’m still friends with a guy who dated one of her friends and I heard this from him.
We all went to a private, pretty expensive school in the US. The “spoiled rotten” girl got a degree in journalism and promptly moved to London to find a job.
Her parents rented her an apartment, and I assume paid for her life, for about 2 years, before she was forced to move back. She had never looked for a job, nor was employed while there.
Once back in the states, she refused to live in her parents house, citing she was a grown woman and how could this be expected of her.
Her parents bought her an apartment in NYC.
Last I heard, she still lives in that apartment, without a job, but is/has moved because it’s in “lame Brooklyn,” not Manhattan.