The reality that rich people inhabit is vastly different from that of the majority of the population. Their comprehension and viewpoint are shaped by a different world, and thus, conversations with them might feel peculiar or entirely unrelated to regular folks.
On the r/AskReddit forum, someone recently posed the question, “What was the most out-of-touch-with-reality thing a wealthy person has ever said to you?” Numerous people have responded by sharing their experiences with affluent and unenlightened individuals. Check out some of the responses below.
“Not to me but near me “I would pay money to see The Hunger Games if it was real”.”
“In college I was washing a bowl in the sink and someone said “that’s the weirdest thing about college for me, not having a dishwasher.”
I said “man I didn’t have one until high school and it was s**t so it couldn’t clean pans.”
Him: “oh, I meant like someone to wash the dishes for us…”
Me: “you’re joking, right?”
He was not joking, but I got invited to their upstate place for spring break so that was cool
Edit: it had a pots and pans mode, which we tried exactly once. Turns out it couldn’t wash anything even remotely stuck on, so we usually just washed them by hand anyways.”
“One time a client’s kid gave a coworker an iPad. Brand new, unopened box. My coworker was a little uncomfortable receiving such an expensive gift from a kid.
The kid just said “don’t worry, I just grabbed it out of the gift closet.”
We were confused, so we asked him what a gift closet is. Apparently, their family keeps a whole closet loaded with stuff like this – Apple Watches, cameras, iPads, etc so that whenever they need to give a gift, they always have something on hand.”
“Oh you get seasonal depression? Why don’t you just go to the Caribbean for a week and the Mediterranean the next? It always helps me.”
“A button fell off my jacket. My rich friend recommended where to buy a new jacket. When I took out the needle and thread, he was very confused.”
“My boss asked me why I didn’t just buy a house in her neighborhood instead of renting an apartment. The houses there were $300-500,000 (very pricy for my area), and she was paying me $9/h….I had literally just applied for food stamps.”
“A coworker of mine was talking with a parent once (summer camp in a rich town). The parent mentioned how she loved my coworkers dress, and wanted to know where she bought it, with the stipulation that it cost under $10,000… turns she had bought the dress on clearance for something like $10. When she explained this, the parent just laughed like it was a joke, saying “no really, how much was it.” Never seen someone thaaat out of touch.”
“Back when I worked in payroll a doctor yelled at me because his administrator didn’t process his bi-monthly incentive on time so it missed his check. He was supposed to go pick up his new Mercedes with that money (it was 6 figures) so he threw a fit to have a check cut that day. Two weeks later that same doctor did not approve a check to be cut for an hourly employee whose hours (2 weeks worth) didn’t get approved on time because it was only $1000 and they wouldn’t miss it. I had to go above him to get it approved because I knew that employee would definitely be negatively impacted by not being paid on time.”
“Our CEO mourned having to sell 4 of the company’s private jets in a town hall meeting because it was really personal to him and hurt. Meanwhile the personnel cuts were described as necessary in the same meeting.”
I was complaining about mortgage payments, and she said “I know, I finally just took the money out of savings and paid mine off so I wouldn’t have to worry about it every month.”
“Why don’t you just buy a house? It’s going to be cheaper than paying rent.”
Thanks. Just let me find the down payment that I don’t have yet.
“I have a friend and she is very wealthy. She was talking about finding a charity for Christmas. I mentioned that there were people going places and paying off Christmas lay a ways. I mentioned a town I grew up in as a possibility. I told them the per capita income is 9k. And she said, “9k a month!!!! How do those people live!!!” Then I had to tell her 9k a year. She was floored.
Edited to say: she is actually a very very sweet and caring person and donates millions a year to so many wonderful places and causes.”
“My father gave me a small loan of a million dollars.”
“Why have roommates at all? I don’t think anyone I knew had roommates. Seems like too much trouble. Just spend the extra hundred on rent and live at peace.
-an 80 year old man.”
“Poor people are poor because they’re lazy.”
I do IT for the 1% in LA. This is my life all day. “My son crashed his Mercedes, so he and I will stop by the dealership to pick up a new one.”
“You sure he won’t crash that one too?”
“It’s just a car, we can always replace it.”
“This actually happened:
I work for a large tech company. My first year there, I had a co-worker that had God level money. We were booked for a business trip to London. I boarded the flight, didn’t see him, thought he missed the flight.
I get off the plane and he’s texting me from our hotel in London. He arrived 5 or so hours before I did. I get to the hotel, check-in and meet him for dinner. I ask if he took an earlier flight as I didn’t see him.
Nope. He told me he was racing his vintage Ferrari(s) in Southern California, lost track of time. Realized he was probably going to miss the flight so he flew his own jet to NY (with the Ferraris on-board), then “grabbed a flight on the Concord” and beat me to London.
And he genuinely said this like he’d just grabbed Starbucks on the way home. He was incredibly down to Earth and very humble, but his assessment of everyday life related to travel was so far out of my realm of reality.
That was my first brush with God level money.”
“Why does public transport still exist?” This dude was legitimately convinced that there is no reason for public transport to still exist. He thinks that everyone is rich enough to afford cars.
“When I had to explain to my roommate that I couldn’t go with him on an expensive multi-week vacation because I had to work and all of my money was going toward the rent/car payment/etc coming up. His dad paid for his rent, his car, his university tuition, his vacations, etc.”
“I complained about going an entire summer without ac, and she asked me why I didn’t buy a new car.”