Pop culture is filled with rich and entitled brats, from Veruca Salt in "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" to those arrogant characters James Spader played in his youth to those little darlings who always seemed to get not one but TWO cars as birthday gifts on MTV's "My Super Sweet 16."
But chances are you know people in your real life with way too much money for their own good. "Affluenza" is a fairly common affliction, judging from the responses to this question posed on Reddit: What's the worst case of "rich kid syndrome" you've seen?
Here are 26 of the most truly hideous cases, in the words of Reddit readers.
26. Lexus nix-us
Conversation I witnessed with two "rich" kids in my class last semester:
Rich Kid 1: "Dude, lets hit up the rink for some shinny hockey later tonight."
Rich Kid 2: "I might be late. My dad made me take the Lexus this morning. I'm not showing up in that."
Rich Kid 1: (laughs) "I feel you."
25. Having his cake and making it, too
(I) worked with a guy at a grocery store who made over $600,000 a year.
His grandparents left him a hefty trust fund with the stipulation that he had to have a job, which is why he worked at a grocery store. Dropped out of a nice college, because why do that when you can have an easy job making cakes and still pull in that much money?
His parents have multiple rental properties in his name as well.
I gave him $20 in cash for his birthday, since he wasn't allowed to have cash because "he would just lose it," and he laughed at my piddly $20. Said, "Wanna see what my mom got me?" and shows me $2,000 in $100 bills because she thought the new design looked funny. $2000 as a gag gift....[bleep]!
"Well, what did your dad get you?"
"Oh, he paid off my car."
24. These grandparents deserve a spoiler alert
First world problem: My mother- and father-in-law were buying and gifting endless amounts of junk to my kids.
Cheap, impractical useless plastic toys, stuffed animals and Disney junk.
I'd spoken with them about it time and again to stop, but they just couldn't pass a Walmart without buying some piece of [bleep], then coming over and giving my kids "presents." ...
One day my sister-in-law called to announce that she had the perfect solution to my problems. I should stop complaining to/about her parents because :
"You just need to buy a bigger house."
23. Locked into her rich-kid lifestyle
When I was younger and in the car with my buddy's family, his mom accidentally locked the car with us still in it and his sister couldn't figure out how to get out.
She never had to manually unlock a car door before.
22. The pocket poacher
I once had a client in her late 60s who had been extremely rich her entire life, to the point where she had no concept of doing anything for herself. Example: She NEVER carries her own cellphone.
Most of the time her personal assistant carries it for her, but one day we were at an event together without her assistant, so she just reached over and dropped her phone into my suit jacket's pocket.
Every time it would ring she would just reach in and grab it, then put it back in MY pocket when she was done. This wasn't even something she thought about.
If you were near her, you were working for her and your pockets were hers.
21. Thinking poverty is just an act
The summer before my senior year of high school, I went to a drama camp. (Think "band camp" for kids really in to theatre and the performing arts). ...
I met my roommate. I'll call him Richie McSheltered III. He was a nice kid, really. But, he was completely and utterly clueless about how money worked, and how much of it he really had.
On our first night in the dorms, we were each laying in our twin beds and doing some "get to know you" small-talk. He mentioned that his father had just gotten a new car, so he was going to take the "old" one. But, he wasn't sure he wanted it.
Why not? Well, Daddy had bought a brand new Mercedes and he didn't think it was fair that he was expected to drive around in a one year old Mercedes. When I told him that my car was 14 years old, had over 150,000 miles, and was probably half made of rust, he thought I was doing some improv skit impersonating a poor person.