People Reveal The Worst Case Of "Rich Kid Syndrome" They've Ever Seen


Money can't buy you class....

Rich kids suck! I jest, not really. A lot of rich kids are from great families who worked hard to be successful and they deserve every gift they have. It's unfortunate in this day and age of "reality/Kardashian" tv we see a different side that seems to validate abhorrent behavior. Money doesn't make you special or better. Nobody is better and everybody should have manners no matter how much cash your daddy has. And the rest of us shouldn't have to tell you this.

Redditor u/Shelf-Life3 wanted everyone to discuss their disdain for the overly self indulgent by asking.... What's the worst case of "rich kid syndrome" you've ever seen?

First Class or Die! 


My roommate refused to go with his family for spring break since there wasn't a flight with first class seats and only business class was available. He ended up taking a connecting flight that did have first class available while the rest of his family just took business on the direct flight. dna12453

It's your fault lady! 

I once had a mom ask if I could open up the back of our ambulance so her kid could see what was inside since he "wanted to be a firefighter" (I'm a medic, not a firefighter) I agree as long as he doesn't touch anything. Of course, the second the doors open the kid hops in and goes straight for our expensive monitor. I tell him no, that's it's dangerous and could break, to which he starts screaming "i don't care, my mom will buy it" and the mom says "it's fine, just let him play with it, if it breaks I'll replace it." I had to physically pick him up and carry him out of the ambulance since she didn't even try to control him. While this is happening we get paged out for a call and this b***h suggests that she could pay double our hourly wage if we stay for a few more minutes so her little s**t could explore/destroy more of our equipment! Get outta here with that lady, you're willing to delay an ambulance so you won't have to deal with precious little Joey's tantrum? Unbelievable. Bedheadredhead30

There is Always a Price! 

Group of rich high school kids in Montana out driving around, drinking. Found two combines (large farm tractor thingies, worth about $250k each) out in a wheat field. Decided to have a demolition derby. Got caught. In the judge's chambers, with the farmer, who just wanted the damages reimbursed. The high-end family lawyers asked what the hell they were thinking when they did it. The response: "Well, you can't put a price on a good time." Turns out that was the wrong answer.... babbchuck

No Humanity! 

He was 25 years old when I knew him. His father owned oilfields. He had a credit card that he used for anything and everything, that they paid the balance on every month. He never even kept track of what was charged on it, just bought whatever caught his fancy. He openly and shamelessly admitted that he had offered his college professor money to give him a passing grade.

One day he was cranky about something and said, "I wish my parents would just die, so I could have their money. Why should I have to wait?" Five_Star_Amenities

It's merely pennies.... 


Back in high school we were doing one of those ice breakers where we passed a beach ball around and whoever caught it had to answer the question their thumb landed on. Well, this kid who has proclaimed being rich numerous times before talking about his parents owning a known pizza place and how he drives an expensive sports car caught the ball and his question was "If you won a million dollars what would you do with it?" His response was somewhere along the lines of "A million dollars wouldn't make any difference in my life." Marshmallowcassi

Sometimes people stay real... 

Wouldn't exactly call it rich kid syndrome, but it took me a while to get used to my Gf's lifestyle. I grew up in a very working class family with both my parents working full time just for us to stay afloat. Went round my GF's house and saw a lady making food in the kitchen, "You must be Mrs (Surname)," trying to be really polite and introduce myself to her family. That was actually their maid, awkward.

Luckily they're all really down to Earth and stuff cause turns out her parents were basically homeless and living out of a storage space when they were my age, but her parents started up a little business that actually became successful enough to support them, and then just kept growing. Naskathedragon


I have a kid in my MBA cohort that outsources his homework and projects to India. He b***hed and moaned when one of our professors gave him a "C" when he only showed up to 2 classes after "his (dad)" donated $10,000 to school. Overall nice guy but doesn't really have a clue. Skwonkie_

Karma is coming....

The dude who relentlessly bullied me in school was also the son of one of the richest people in the city. One day a teacher caught him with his hands around my throat and I was pinned against a wall. We were both taken to the teachers meeting room where it was explained to me that we should try and get along and that we should apologize to each other.

Did I mention his dad also built the flash new cafeteria for the school that year? He was caught on numerous occasions with me in some state of distress and every time they found ways to make it both our problem. His dad pumped a lot of money into that school.

He also flew his friends on his private airline to Manchester United games so nobody stood up for me because they could lose their privileges. My saving grace was a lot of his mates in early years of secondary school turned on him in the later years because he was such an a**hole. Man, I'm clearly not entirely over it. PsychicClown88

But will there be a 4th?

A kid who would dramatically throw down his smartphone on the ground in mock frustration. Broken phones were replaced with few to no questions.

For the record, his name ended with "the 3rd." GemHoundOmega

I'll Delivery!! 


I deliver pizza in a VERY rich area. I'm talking seeing Rolls Royce's and supercars on a daily basis kind of rich.

My manager told me a story of someone that used to work there. This guy would deliver pizzas in a brand new BMW M3 and just put absolutely no effort into his job (delivering pizza isn't hard). Apparently this guy only had a job because his parents wouldn't pay his allowance if he didn't work.

How much was his allowance?

$5,000 a month. This guy was making $60,000 a year to deliver pizza part time. DeputyDongz

It's not bowling shoes....

Not the worst case but I will never forget this girl I know say "EW I can't believe people get used cars 😷 that's so nasty." I had and still have (a diff) used car. Her first car was a brand new Lexus as a teen that her parents got for her. That's when it really hit me how easy some people I know have it. My family was never poor and we had everything we needed and then some, and I'm so grateful for that. But there's a huge difference between me always checking the price of stuff versus people not worrying about money ever. hafsaz

Oh to be an irregular person....


This girl I knew who only shopped at whole foods was shocked to find out I had never been in a whole foods, and even more shocked to find out the "nicest" grocery store I shop at is Harris teeter, although usually it's food lion. She was always out of the loop on a bunch of "regular people" problems and it gave her a really annoying skewed world view. RazzleDazzleBerryJam

Spot on Parenting... 

Kid was 12, owned his own boat, had his own gaming room with every console within the past 10 years, and got a new phone every month. Also his parents came to a school meeting once and he got to sit in the passenger seat while his dad sat in the back. WilltheWalrus12


A guy at my computer institute, he paid for 4 of his friends to take courses with him. These 5 will keep changing batches and redoing the course. I later found out, this guy targeted girls. He would change to the batch of the girl he likes. His friends will befriend the girl and brainwash her about how good a guy he is. After he got the girl he will dump her when he saw another who tickled his fancy. He also spent lavishly on the girls he was after.

15 years later, he is still doing the same stuff at age 35. Only now he owns a female gym, a garment store and a beauty parlor, all so he could meet new girls. logicalsilly

I can do laundry....

My SO's ex housemate paid his girlfriend $300 to do his laundry one time. Family is very well off, they have a private beach, three Lamborghini's, and bought him and his two brothers utes worth $50,000 AUD each. JelloDeSamuello

Money changes Everything....

I worked for five years at a private boarding school in the UK that had kids from all over the world, from some *insanely* rich families. I'm talking oligarchs and Saudi princes. I could tell stories about them not understanding money at all, but so many of them were so messed up -- ignored by their parents, raised by staff who loathed them, never given any boundaries. They were like Harlow's monkeys with a lot of spending money. hep632

Trash with $$$

Some rich kids stole the janitors wallet and started making fun of how little was inside. When the police were called they all started crying. Howdoiilogout

I remember some kid pinching the cleaning lady at our school in the butt because he thought it was funny. I was used to the rich kids at our school being arrogant and entitled but when they start valuing human life so little it just makes me really angry until this day. Oscarben

When the Money is Gone....

Kid in my HS:

Made nearly straight A's. Parents were both making 140k+ a year. Everyone at school kept saying he would be a millionaire before he turned 22 or 23.

What I left out was that the guy was a massive pothead and only passed because people had this expectation on him that everything he did was great, and he was decent at math. Given both his parents were at the school constantly threatening to sue once he got caught with pot it was quietly dropped.

Went to college for 10 years and failed the entire time because his reputation doesn't matter on scantron. Now his parents won't pay for his life and he makes like 7.50 an hour. I just ran into him one day and was like "Wait... aren't you?" He was shocked to see me and was like "Please don't tell anyone I work at a pizza place."

Look him up on Facebook and as it turns out the dude is making it seem like he actually did become a millionaire, nope, just a pot head who knows how to rent things. UnluckyNegotiation8

Sometimes they just don't get it....

I grew up absolutely dirt poor. I'm 28 and I often have to help my parents pay their bills still. But my wife comes from money. The effect on her is minimal as her parents were self made and taught her to work for everything she has. Sure, if we were destitute they would bail us out, but they aren't handing out gifts. But because of this she ended up going to a really nice school in "that part of town," and all of her friends come from money. Some of it very old money. Their parents bought their first cars, put them through college where they never had to work, paid for their weddings, and put down payments on their houses.

They are all really awesome people and I love having them in my life, but sometimes they just don't get it. Naw man, we can't go out to Europe with you guys for 2 weeks because we gotta work, and just can't afford it, our mortgage is due this week. No, we can't really afford to eat at that place the third time this week, our dog had an emergency visit to the vet. larsdan2

Whoops... oh Well! 


Went to a a pretty prestigious public boarding school. My roommate was extremely nice, but also extremely sheltered and naive. Since this is a boarding school, naturally most of the kids who attend end up being upper-middle class to upper-class even though the school is open to anyone regardless of financial need.

Anyway, for one of the optional winter semester trips, my roommate decided to go to Europe. She brought her Macbook with her, and she left it on the bus that the group traveled on from Italy to Spain. She came back to the US without it, and she went home and came back the next week with a brand new Macbook. Instead of keeping up with her devices, afterward she just said "Guess I shouldn't travel with my Macbook anymore!"

I have plenty of stories like this, it was basically like the rich kids from Ouran Host Club



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