People Reveal The Things You Shouldn't Do If You Don't Want People To Know You're Rich[rebelmouse-image 18355310 is_animated_gif=
Being rich is probably awesome, we wouldn't know. We're not too envious, though. If Biggie taught us anything (aside from the fact that he loved it when they called him Big Poppa), it was that more money means more problems. So that got us thinking... if we could be rich without people knowing we were rich, that might be sauteed in awesome-sauce. One Reddit user asked: What screams "rich"?
So we decided to take that thread and put together a list of tips for being rich without letting people know. If we know what things are the "I'm rich" giveaway, we know what not to do, right? Some of these tips (like don't buy an elephant) might be a little outlandish, but hey - dream big! Oh, and if you actually have enough money to consider buying an elephant... just don't rub it in your friends faces. The money, not the elephant. Go ahead and flaunt the elephant, your friends would probably be pretty jazzed if you just showed up with one on a Tuesday afternoon. Ours would.
Don't Invite People To Expensive Stuff[rebelmouse-image 18355422 is_animated_gif=
Inviting people to do something or go somewhere expensive without a second thought is a dead giveaway. It's super weird showing up somewhere to meet friends and realizing
1. You can't afford this activity
2. Your friends aren't even aware of the cost.
That's when the light bulb flickers on and suddenly, all the strange things you noticed make sense: they're rich
Don't Buy Elephants[rebelmouse-image 18355424 is_animated_gif=
My Malaysian roommate's family owns elephants. According to one local, that is not a regular rich family thing. It's more of a "very eccentric family living secluded near a jungle kind of rich" thing.
Don't Post About It[rebelmouse-image 18355426 is_animated_gif=
I make around $16 an hour at my job. A 19-year-old coworker has a a really nice 2017 Mercedes Benz. He posted a photo of it on Facebook that said:
**"fully paid off Mercedes. This is what hard work gets you." **
Yeah. Ok. We work together, that Mercedes is what your parent's hard work got you.
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Well a thing that screamed "rich" to me about my partner was when he casually mentioned he had been to every single Disney in the world, as if it was a totally normal thing. I grew up poor and he grew up rich. There's big cultural differences there and we had to learn how to navigate those things together.
His parents really didn't approve either. My mom also had reservations.
We got through all that together though. Now his parents love me and my parents love him. We've learned a lot about each other's world's too. These days we're on equal footing so that's nice. It wasn't always easy but we've loved each other all this time and worked through it all.
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When I asked a friend how they afford tuition they said:
"The trick is just write a bunch of letters to your family asking for a little contribution for college. It may only be a few thousand from aunt Lou, a couple thousand from uncle John, and not seem like a lot at first, but eventually it adds up!"
If I did that I'd probably get $20 from one relative, maybe $50 from another, and I'd be grateful. Can't imagine relatives casually throwing thousands at you like it's nothing.
Don't Be On Reality TV[rebelmouse-image 18355429 is_animated_gif=
Those brats on MTV's "My Super Sweet 16"
...I remember watching that as a teen and thinking how much I hated those rich kids.
Don't Be Ignorant To How Checks Work[rebelmouse-image 18355430 is_animated_gif=
When I was putting myself through college and was struggling to come up with money for the new semester a roommate of mine asked me:
**"Why don't you just write them a check?" **
She didn't get it. I had to explain checks were connected to bank accounts that I have to put money into and I had to work for that money, it wasn't just there because I said so. She acted like I was so stupid that I couldn't just solve the problem by writing a number on a piece of paper.
I'm still mad about it.
Don't Blame The Server[rebelmouse-image 18355431 is_animated_gif=
I was friends with the "rich guy" before I finally got sick of his bullshit.
He had no concept of earning a living, having to do any real budgeting or hard work.
He doesn't understand why his friends can't go out to eat 7 days a week, every week.
He can't perform simple tasks without help such as pumping gas, cooking any type of food, laundry, etc.
2 month tour of Africa on 3 days notice? Just quit your job, you can always get another one. Too expensive? It's only a few grand. Can't you swing that? You get paid Friday, right?
But the worst was that he would spend hundreds of dollars a week eating out at restaurants constantly, but flat out refuses to tip. When questioned about it he said:
"It's the waiter/waitresses fault for not getting a better job."
Don't Assume "Everyone" Can Afford Something[rebelmouse-image 18355432 is_animated_gif=
Had a friend tell me, in all seriousness:
**"But EVERYONE can afford at least one cruise." **
He's going on his 9th cruise with his family later this year. Also, annual overseas holidays.
Don't Be Unaware That Dust Exists[rebelmouse-image 18355433 is_animated_gif=
My sister figured out exactly how rich one of her friends was when she realized that he didn't know what dust was.
He was living on his own for the first time in New Jersey and originally from Jordan. After a few weeks he complained about this "weird powder" building up in his apartment, which didn't happen back home. He thought it was a New Jersey thing. It turns out his family had a very diligent dusting staff. I think it was specific to household dust - the kind that is dead skin and pet hair, etc. He didn't understand how it was happening since he was extra careful about closing windows and trying not to track dirt inside. He actually turned out to be a good guy, just a book-smart rich kid who's out of touch with that kind of domestic stuff.
Don't Assume A "Deal" Is Affordable[rebelmouse-image 18355435 is_animated_gif=
Rich kids at school just couldn't grasp why I couldn't go on an expensive trip.
Them: "Why aren't coming to the Paris trip?"
Me: "Too expensive"
Them: "But it's only 800€" (that's about a thousand dollars)
The trip was for one week in Paris including flights from Finland. Sure, it's a good deal, but that wasn't my point. You could offer me the Mona Lisa for 10 million but it would still be way beyond my budget even though it's a good deal.
Don't Adopt This Fashion Trend[rebelmouse-image 18355436 is_animated_gif=
Wearing your cardigan over your shoulders like a cape just screams rich but not for any real reason. It's not something that requires money or rich parents, but it's something that just seems to happen. Very strange.
Don't Live The Insta-Life[rebelmouse-image 18355437 is_animated_gif=
Know what screams rich? Instagram "models" that seem to do nothing but travel around the world and go to huge raves.
Don't Use The "Do You Know Who I Am?" Line[rebelmouse-image 18355439 is_animated_gif=
I was out with a bunch of friends once, and we got chucked out of a club for something we honestly deserved. One bloke, friend of a friend, started taking photos of the bouncers on his phone, demanding to see their ID badges, and genuinely said the phrase:
"I'm documenting all of this, you know! Don't you know who I am!?"
Dude, you are a random student in their 20's on a night out in a city with thousands of students in their 20's. No, he does not know who you are. He does not care who you are. And, frankly, who you are should not make any difference to the way you are treated by a licensed bouncer when they are doing their job. They should throw out the Queen of England if she broke the rules.
Don't Take Out "Small" Loans[rebelmouse-image 18355440 is_animated_gif=
When you consider a million dollars from your father to be a "small loan."
Don't Own A Horse Unless...[rebelmouse-image 18355441 is_animated_gif=
In my experience, there's a 100% correlation between being rich and being a young adult who grew up riding horses that they, themselves, didn't take care of.
Don't Use The Seasons As Verbs[rebelmouse-image 18355442 is_animated_gif=
Only rich people use "summer" or "winter" as a verb. When you say:
"We summer in the Hamptons and winter in the Keys."
We all want to say:
"Well, do us a favor and fall in a manhole."
I want "words have different meanings" money
Don't Remind People[rebelmouse-image 18355443 is_animated_gif=
I work with a guy who reminds people nearly every day that his parents are retired millionaires. He swears he's on his way to success and he's only doing "this job" temporarily. According to him, his friends and family constantly ask him why he's "wasting his time" in his current job. I wish I was exaggerating, but it's almost some kind of defensive impulse he has.
I guess he used to make 6+ figs, but that all went away. So now, the first time he meets you, he will bring up how this job is "pennies" and he's so much better than it. Cringey conversation every time.
Don't Scream About Your Money[rebelmouse-image 18355444 is_animated_gif=
Yelling at people about how much money you have is a pretty good indicator. A teenager at the gym literally screamed:
**"My dad makes millions, you make $11.00 an hour!" **
at a personal trainer who politely asked to him to stop excessively slamming his weights on the ground
Don't Flaunt The Newest Phone[rebelmouse-image 18355445 is_animated_gif=
Having the newest of everything and not understanding why others don't is totally a sign that you have a bunch of money. Around a year and a bit ago I sat next to this guy in one of my classes. He saw my cracked Nexus 5 ($200 for a phone that does all you need it to, quickly) and couldn't understand why I didn't have the newest iPhone.
We had the following conversation:
Rich Guy: "Um, what phones is that?"
Me: "It's called a Nexus."
Rich Guy: "Why don't you get an iPhone?"
Me: "I can't afford it."
Rich Guy: "Well, just get your parents to buy you one. It's only $1000."
We are in a fragile place right now when it comes to bringing children into this world.
Not everybody is meant to be a parent.
In fact, many people should never be one.
So I find it commendable how many of us acknowledge that and chose not to procreate.
Redditorucinangel wanted to everyone to vent about why children are a "no thank you" in their book of life. They asked:
"What is the biggest reasons why you don’t want children?"
I have never wanted children. Best decision ever. But y'all do you if you feel differently. How do we feel?
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"I like sleep too much."
"I took two naps today.. definitely couldn't do that with kids."
"I don’t want to be a parent."
"This is reason enough."
"I am a parent. One of my friends told me she didn’t want kids and said she hoped she hadn’t offended me by saying so. I said absolutely not, no one who doesn’t want to be a parent should be one. It’s an unquittable job. You have to want it for the long term."
"I don't want kids because they're expensive and I don't have any free time. I have yet to break it to them though. Maybe after soccer practice tonight."
"I miss having free time. I can't hang out with friends last minute after work because I have to pick up my kid and feed her and get her to bed."
"It can really wreck you physically and emotionally. Even if it's an easy pregnancy, your whole body/hormonal makeup changes wildly. People act like it's 9 months of sitting in a field, making flower crowns and serenely stroking your growing belly."
"Nah bro, it's mood swings, having your guts kicked from the inside, your hair changes, eyesight might change, all kinds of crap I had no idea about until my friends started popping out kids. Like I knew it was intense before, but I had no idea how intense."
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"A two person income with no children is too sexy to pass up on."
Kids are EXPENSIVE! I like $$$ too much as well.
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"All that noise… hurts my head."
"I'm barely capable of taking care of myself, so I definitely shouldn't be responsible for a child. I also think it would be a crime to make a child using my DNA."
"I commend this sentiment so much, and I wish more people would follow. My brother is 40 years old and never had kids, simply stating he knows he wouldn't be capable of taking care of them. There's so many unwanted kids in this world because people don't think this through before having them."
"I got a cat and the amount of anxiety and panic I regularly have over being responsible for an animal that doesn't need to be taught to walk is nuts."
"I don’t even have any pets, but I watch my sisters dog and a friends cat every few weeks, and the amount of time I spent staring at them when they’re sleeping to make sure they’re still breathing is too high."
"I grew up poor so u bet ur a** I'm enjoying my money not having to worry about diapers and baby formula."
"I feel this so much. I was the kid who never had the money to go to the movies or the concert or whatever it was my friends wanted to do. I make decent money but am so stuck in poverty mindset I'm terrified to spend it and I genuinely don't feel like I will ever feel financially stable enough to feel comfortable supporting a kid."
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"Wouldn't make a good parent. I'm 56. I don't see myself changing my mind on this one."
"My older brother got a vasectomy at like 27, no kids. He knew it was a very good idea. I actually agreed (I have three myself, he, ummm, probably wouldn't have been a killer dad). They're not for everybody, and you have to really spoil 'em if you expect a decent nursing home someday."
Kids aren't for everybody. That is truth and that's ok.
When visiting any place for the first time you want to do your best with the locals and the culture.
You're a guest.
Whether it's someone'e home or if it's as vast as the scope of the entire country.
You want to experience all you can while being respectful.
So let's discuss hitting up America for the first time.
RedditorPraglikwanted to share some must knows for the people whole and visit our land.They asked:
"Americans of Reddit, what's something anyone visiting the US for the first time absolutely must know about or be aware of?"
Welcome to America. A few beginner rules...
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"Do not under any circumstances try to bribe a cop depending on where you come from that might seem odd but trust me you will get in trouble if you try."
"Don't get out of your car if you're pulled over by the police unless directed to do so. Police here take their own safety very seriously so they may see someone quickly getting out of the car as a sign of aggression. Coupled with the fact they carry guns and generally don’t have a track record of deescalation, it’s possible you might get shot."
"Drinks come with ice by default."
"And refills! Soda is cheap as hell. No one's coming to pour it into a glass for you, it's made on the spot and you can have as much as you want."
"And everybody wants to put lemon in them but they never wash the lemons you have to ask specifically for no lemon in your water."
"If the price says for example $5, you need to be aware that is $5 plus taxes."
"Plus extra recycling taxes on plastic water bottles in certain states (like California) So that pack of water bottles listed for $3 will cost over $5 after taxes."
"That’s literally false advertising. If a product is advertised (say on television) at a certain price, that’s how much you pay."
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"Plus tip, if it’s served to you."
Tip. Tip. Tip. And tip properly. 20%.
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"24 hour Diners. According to stuff I read in Reddit, our diners are legendary. ETA: I’m American and I eat at them a lot. I was just surprised how much visitors from other countries love our diners so much."
"I think it’s really funny that the CA DMV official drivers manual says, 'do NOT make eye contact with another driver, this will make them MORE angry.'"
"If you screw up while driving put your hand up as a way to say sorry/my bad to the other driver. It diffuses situations because it shows them you didn’t mean to do that. Many times drivers think something was intentional when really it’s just human error."
"I live in SoCal, and the Los Angeles area has the most brutally aggressive drivers I know. Sure, other countries like Vietnam etc. are a free for all, but Los Angeles drivers literally want you dead."
"The CD is not free, never accept something from someone on a street."
"People will follow you around and thrust the CD (usually their mixtape) in your hand and then as you’re walking away with a CD you didn’t even ask for they start telling you you need to pay for it and then they refuse to accept the CD back so they make you pay for it or they keep harassing you. Happened to me in Venice beach."
"GO TO NATIONAL PARKS!"
"But be respectful! Our parks are beautiful, but often dangerous! Stick to set paths, look up local wildlife, and get an idea of common dangers. A park in the northeast will have drastically different dangers than Utah. And always have plenty of water with you. States often have very gorgeous state parks, too."
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"Do not eat exclusively at chain restaurants then go home and talk about how American food sucks."
So much to do and see. What would you add to this list? Let us know in the comments below.
The world is full of crazy people.
It feels like that more and more as I meander in my local shopping center.
But a little crazy I can deal with.
I want to discuss the people who leave an imprint of fear.
The people who lack empathy, remorse... and a soul.
You met many of those?
Redditor playmesomethinnice wanted to see who would fess up and discuss the person or persons that leave us shook.They asked:
"What type of people are you scared of?"
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"It's a bit hard to categorize, but for me it's people who can't be reasoned with."
"Like flat earthers. I met one in the wild last summer and it was the weirdest experience. My friend slept with him anyway and I'm still mad at her for it, like don't reward him????"
"People who are manipulative liars. Who get you to care about them and then play the victim just to watch you suffer."
"This. It scarred me so much I lost faith and trust in humanity. I was not the target but I’ve seen it with my eyes on a dear friend of mine."
"Had an ex who lied about having cancer and a twin sister who died in a car wreck, makes no sense to me we were in high school at the time lol."
"There is an odd category of people who seem to be able to get away with anything they do. May it be with their looks, skills, wits, power and everything in between. Them. I'm afraid of them."
"My ex husband is this type. I witnessed him get away with crimes, and not just get away like not get caught... like he got caught, went to court, and somehow convinced the prosecution and judge to drop all charges. It was at that moment I knew real fear from that man."
Lacking in Brain
"The dangerously stupid. F**king up and hurting others but come out unharmed to sheer luck."
"Oh like my father in law who was torching weeds right by his shed that then caught fire and spread to an electrical box, deck, tree, and outdoor bar and then laughed about it cause 'I did something just like this at our old house too.'"
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"I don't remember who said it but, 'It's not the people that are unsure that bother me, it's the people that are so certain that scare the hell out of me.'"
It's all about sanity levels. Or lack thereof.
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"The drunk guys at bars that always have that stare."
"People with a short temper."
"I would add people with a short and unpredictable temper. Those kinds of people who can be totally fine one second, then you do something that doesn't even cross your mind could be 'wrong' and suddenly they're yelling at you. People who explode at seemingly random stuff, no consistency, and particularly at moments you wouldn't expect."
"That's the worst. I'm not particularly used to being yelled at and I'm also rather non-confrontational, so I just don't know what to do when someone does yell at me when I'm absolutely not expecting it. Those people scare the sh*t out of me. I'm constantly on edge when I'm around them and I always feel like I have to walk on eggshells."
"People who refuse to take responsibility for their mistakes."
"They think it keeps them out of trouble, failing to recognize it causes so much more trouble for them in long run. A former friend of mine seems to have their brain constantly working on writing excuses for everything (to the point they can't keep their owns tory straight much of the time)."
"With the idea that any decision they make has to be the fault of others. They convince themselves that their every move was beyond their control and they were forced into it by others and then if they still suffer consequences they think it just means they are the victim of injustice. Tragically failing to realize they effectively deprive themselves of any control over the decisions."
"People who who are unwilling to accept the limits of their knowledge."
"I hate that my limits are there. I want to know more. And I wake up in the middle of the night wondering about James Joyce books and the NASCAR jeopardy questions I don't know."
"My boss hates me but said I'm the only person who is the best on all the machines. I suck at people, but I'm the machine whisperer. I'm the skinny *itch who can tell an autoclave to behave. A DSD to suck it up Sally. I'll even help the front desk with Bob Marley printer."
"Because he be jamming, not my job, but I have a personal vendetta against that machine. I fixed a Gameboy that was sitting in water for 2 weeks. Nintendo does make them good. Yet, I cannot for the life of me can't use an automatic car. Stick or nothing."
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"Be scared of the man who has nothing to lose. Be very scared."
"With money diminishing more people are feeling trapped and in a corner."
I believe I've met all of those people. God help me.
There are just some people who need a good, spiteful talking to.
The amount of poor behavior I witness on the daily is astonishing.
How are we like this in these modern times?
Instead of serving shame, we're serving justice for improper deeds.
Be a better human.
Redditor ValenFrost wanted to share what people need a little bit of bad spotlight. They asked:
"What do you think people actually deserve to be shamed for?"
I shame anyone who doesn't use a turn signal.
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"Leaving pee on the toilet seat when you have guests."
Stay with the truth...
"Knowingly spreading lies about someone."
"My life was legitimately destroyed by someone knowingly spreading lies about me. I’d been in a new town just a few weeks. It’s been almost 10 years and I still can’t make friends and my kids still have issues with their friends being allowed to hang out with them over it. All over something that never happened."
Don't Toss It
"I remember when I was a kid this guy in a 7/11 threw trash on the ground and another little girl looked at him and said 'you're littering' in that you're in trouble voice. And the guy just said something along the lines of 'I'm an adult, it's ok.'"
"Ummmm so I’ve had a work training that I planned, for MONTHS, and we already had to move the training once because of an internal work crisis. The training was moved to today. It's in an hour."
"This morning alone, 4 people have asked me to move it and they’ve known the training date for months. It’s so disrespectful. Moving the training from our previous date was a $500 fine, and if you can’t make it, that’s on you. Your poor planning does not constitute an emergency on my behalf."
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"Selfishness that harms others."
"I think most of us do in some ways. Hopefully people might decide to try harder at minimizing the harm we do while surviving and entertaining ourselves and others."
Humans really need to be better.
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"Trying to skip a line."
"A lady came up to me once, asking to skip 30 people in line to buy a banana for her crying daughter at Disney, and I told her I can't speak for all 30 people behind me."
"Especially a traffic line where it is going one way and you get every other 15 vehicles behind that will go to the middle lane just cut in line to wait behind even more traffic."
Not Always Right
"Being entitled and treating customer service workers badly."
"I work in a restaurant and my boss will argue with you and kick you out if you don't behave, downright telling people they are the worst people are so surprised every time they get told to leave after insulting a staff member."
"I dealt with this hard during the early days of the pandemic at Gamestop. When we got crappy no-mask customers when I was working with my friends, we would be rude right back and borderline harass them out of the store. The next several customers would always praise us for not taking s**t. Everyone hates crappy customers, including other customers."
"Finding the fault in others while ignoring the same fault in yourself."
"An unfortunate truth is that a lot of adults stop emotionally maturing when they’re still children. When we’re kids, we can’t really imagine that there are adults who are less mature than us, but it’s actually depressingly common. Something stunts their ability to mature and then they’re just stuck with the emotional maturity of a teenager."
"They develop physical skills just like everyone else, and seem to live successful lives. They have careers and homes and families. But they also can’t connect with people on a deep level, lack the ability to introspect (so they can’t handle any criticism of themselves), and they can’t grow as people. It’s very sad."
“what the hell dude?”
"I watched someone try to run over a cat with their car in the Walmart parking lot, like 3 times. It was 2 am and they were speeding and swerving trying to hit the cat. Poor thing was running away terrified. I got out of my car and shrugged at them like 'what the f**k dude?' and they drove off."
"Tried to give the cat food and be nice to it but it wouldn’t come near, I think it’s just going to be terrified forever."
"Edit: I don’t understand it at all. I can at least conceptualize evil for the sake of personal gain, but what do you get from trying to murder a cat? It’s evil for the sake of evil and it’s freaking sick."
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"Listening to music from their phone without using earphone in a public place."
Well all of those people deserve a little shame. Some... A LOT of shame! What is wrong with people?