Rich People Describe The Craziest Thing They've Ever Seen Someone Spend Money On
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Those who are wealthy have the luxury of acquiring the best of the best–whether it's dinner at a Michelin-starred restaurant or status-identifying clothing from Chanel or Yves Saint Laurent.


But even the rich have their limits when it comes to frivolous spending before casting judgment on friends or colleagues.

Curious to hear examples of this, Redditor Sasquatchfl asked:

"Rich people of Reddit, what's the craziest/most unethical thing you've seen people in your circle spend money on?"

Expensive experiences were a priority over prized possessions.

Live Sushi

"An ex worked for Dell in the late 90s/early 2000s. He was pretty high up and there were lots of partiers in his work circle. Went to a party hosted by one of the dellionaires and there was a body sushi girl. I don’t know what was paid to her, but it was one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever seen."

– 5hrs4hrs3hrs2hrs1mor

Pissing Contest

"Paid a group of homeless guys to only use the bathroom on a competitors business. Eventually bought that place for a massive discount."

– Haboobalub

Let's Work Out

"My mother woke up one morning and said she felt she was way too fat and she wanted to get a treadmill. The treadmill wouldn’t be a problem, but then she saw where it would be and didn’t like the lighting. Fast forward 2 months later there’s a 40k outdoor gym built and connected to the house. She hasn’t used it once."

– Herrera5449_

Taking A Leap

"Travelled with a bunch of ex 'friends' all fairly wealthy."

"First trip to SE Asia together and as an ex-local I was a de-facto tour guide (despite not being there in over a decade)"

"They somehow found and offered a bunch of kids diving off cliffs to jump for spare change."

"They increasingly challenged each other to land their coins as close to the cliff base and small surrounding rocks for the kids to dive for."

– Satakans

Quench That Thirst

"My biological father investing in those get rich quick health scams. Literally spent thousands of dollars on bottles of f'king fruit juice, only for him to drink all of his product and not make back a dime. Not that he'd make any money off of it anyway, they can get organic juice at the store for far f'king less."

– Silver-Syndicate

It's about the finer things in life.

Expensive Party Gag

"A 3k ouija board from Gwen Paltrow's store. I didn't even know it was a thing until the dude brought it out. I really wanted to cut it up and see what it was made from. Looked nice don't get me wrong but the thing is basically a party gag. For 3 grand, it better summon a demon that's all I'm saying."

– con_this

Slow Burn

"$600 USD for a candle."

– Jeffranks

Hire A Band, Or Two Or Three

"Got invited to a birthday party at a vineyard. They had food trucks, open bar, and three stages for musical acts. The acts were Flo Rida, Duran Duran and Wyclef Jean. The following year the acts were Drake and Imagine Dragons."

– Hawk13424

Historical Obsession

"I'm not rich but in high school I had a friend who's dad spent vast sums of money on historical Nazi paraphernalia. My friend said he was a big fan of WW2 history but he didn't collect a single item that wasn't specifically related to the Nazis. He kept it all in his 'office' which was literally just a shrine to the Third Reich. It was super creepy. The scariest part is that my friend's dad was a high ranking police officer where we lived."

– staffsargent

It's not always about the things you acquire.

Minor Inconvenience

"I know a guy who went to get a new drivers license and had to pay ~$100k in back parking tickets, then joked about it after."

"Apparently he couldn't get a permit to park in front of his house, so he just did anyway, and accepted like a $200 fine everyday."

– melodyze

For A Successful Election

"Not me, but I know a guy who crowd funded (read: threw a bunch of money into, then solicited more at a flea market) $80,000 toward his friend's DA election campaign. The guy won. So far, this has paid back at least $120K in avoided legal fees. I know some rich people. Most of them are more boring than you think. Hell, most of them drive Hondas, Toyotas, and Nissans."

– KP_Wrath

The Lance Corporal

"I was stationed with a Lance Corporal who was wealthy beyond means after selling some of his patents. He owned and piloted four helicopters. Lived in a palatial waterfront house in Jacksonville, NC."

"The cheapest one cost 400K. That's the one he trained on. The most expensive was about 1.2 million. That's 1.2 million 1981 dollars. The two he's got now are about 5 million each."

"Had a floating landing pad out back moored to his dock and another landing pad in the back yard. Kept two helicopters and a Rolls inside his custom-built hangar at Norfolk International Airport."

"He drove a pair of Rolls-Royces. He also toyed with a 900K Miami-Vice type speedboat. He also housed and transported his squad to Camp Lejeune and back in a custom mini-bus."

– ApplicationConnect55

Transportation Provided

"The dude was very giving and lived a very clean life. He'd fly us to Norfolk, pickup the car and we'd do our shopping and eating. Hop in a chopper and return home. He'd fly his fire team down to Miami on weekends. He kept a Limo there and wore a chauffer's outfit and did all the driving.

"He bought a full-service and licensed pub in Northern Ireland. He lives there with his wife. Does a lot of charity work there. We still keep in touch."

– ApplicationConnect55

All Is Fine

"I know a guy who went to get a new drivers license and had to pay ~$100k in back parking tickets, then joked about it after."

"Apparently he couldn't get a permit to park in front of his house, so he just did anyway, and accepted like a $200 fine everyday."

– melodyze

Day Trippin'

"I knew a guy who flew to the Neatherlands and back in a single day in order to see a concert."

– Aidan11

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