Just because someone wears luxury clothing and jewelry, it does not necessarily mean they are wealthy.

As strangers on the internet have pointed out, some people like making a big deal about appearing rich – even though their bank accounts don't reflect that.

I remember wearing a sweatshirt from the GAP with the giant logo indicating where I got it and was mocked for it because it wasn't a "fancy" brand. Geez.

People can be so judgy in today's superficial society. And for the record, that pullover was not that cheap.

Curious to hear what strangers had to say, Redditor rock4lite asked:

"What screams, 'I am pretending to be rich?'"

Lacking Taste

"90% of the people here don't seem to get that you can be rich AND have bad taste."


"If you already have a bad taste, it won't suddenly become good just because you're rich. And at the same time - taste is subjective so to what extent should anyone care on whether they have a good or a bad taste, right? (I am in agreement with you btw. Just wanted to add to your comment)"


Holding $$$

"People who post pictures of them holding money."


"If you are holding the money, it isn't that much money."


Flashing The Brand

"Posting on social media the expensive stuff you buy and clearly showing the logo."


Posh Hotel

"My aunt does this all the time. That and photos of her 'expensive' vacations. She works for an airline and gets heavily discounted (sometimes free) flights."

"2 years ago she posted photos of herself and her husband staying at some crazy high end famous hotel (like $1k+ a night for basic rooms). The actual story behind it was that they were staying with a relative the whole week and she pressured her husband to pay for a single night there. But then post the photos like she was staying there the whole time."

"Her entire personality is pretending she is rich. In reality they are struggling because she is draining their life savings."


Flaunting It

"People who live in low income areas but spend their money on expensive clothes, shoes and jewelry that are Louis Vuitton just to flex on those who don't have it."


Expensive Wheels

"Don't forget their new sport car or Jeeps parked outside their mobile home. If my neighbor sold their three Jeeps their home might not fly away during tornado season with a foundation built under it."



"Coming from a car guy who would gladly own certain cars rather than a house. Sometimes the car just means more than a house would."

"There's actually a few people who have done this before too. From what I remember, one who was technically homeless in order to buy a Bugatti Veyron (I think he owns some business too though). There's also a YouTube who owns a R-32 GT-R and lives in what is the size of a shed."

"Just depends where your priorities lie."


"I Got This"

"Making a big deal out of paying something for someone. People who are well off might pay for things for you but they will try and be as chill and low key about it as they can. People who want you to notice and feel grateful or impressed by them are just trying to show off."


Excessive Accessories

"Wearing too much jewelry."

"'Jewelry is meant to adorn you, not make you look rich' - Coco Chanel"


"Mr. T would like a word with you."


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Damaged Goods

"Having a newer model car and driving around with the collision damage. Like bro, you were able to 'buy' a new car but can't afford to get it fixed or the deductible to get it fixed?"

"Taking pictures and selfies with other people's nice stuff. (E.g. cars, liquor, table service at a club, etc)"


What's In Your Wallet?

"Reminds me of the time my coworker brought in her new $400 designer wallet that her 'boyfriend' (she didn't actually have a boyfriend) bought for her."

"I told her 'That's cool, but I'd rather have a $5 wallet, and $395 to put in that wallet.'"


Shots For Everyone!

"Dropping $250 cash to buy a round of overpriced shots (Patron, Hennessy, etc). They always want to carry the tray and hand out shots to all their friends and whomever is nearby. As a bartender I see this all the time, yet their card gets declined when they try to start a tab because it doesn't have the $5 on it for the preauth. The people with actual money take a quiet table, order, and subtlety hand me their card saying they have this round."


Dramatic Accessories

"The flashy jewelry. Upperclass jewelry is typically more subtle and understated. They have all their own weird kinds of trying to flex, but I never see it with the large flashy jewelry."


The Jetsetter

"Goes on holiday to Dubai exclusively and drives a brand new Mercedes."

"Bruh you're a labourer and your car is on finance and Dubai is a glittered tacky dust hole. You can get return flights for like 400 quid so ya not fooling anyone with your cropped skinny white jeans, no socks and country club looking shirt."

"What's funny is 99% of people knows someone like this."


It's All In The Delivery

"When your last name is Bucket, and you pronounce it like, 'Bouquet.'"


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It’s weird how much stuff we let slide when we’re kids. Even if you look at the TV shows we watched back then, we had such a high threshold for the bizarre (early 2000’s Nickelodeon, anyone?). So it’s no surprise that some of us straight-up didn’t react when we saw weird crap in person.

Here are a few wild examples of seemingly harmless things we saw as kids that would be horrifying to see now. Brace yourself, this one gets crazy.

Kids and water aren’t a great mix sometimes. It can get real gross, real quick.

Not worth the tranquility.

I've always loved the tranquil feeling of being under water. When I was a kid I would just hold my breath and float around. Sometimes adults would think I was drowning and run up and scoop me out. I don't remember this (it was when I was pretty young) but my parents have told me about it

I used to think it was a funny story... people thinking I was drowning when I was just trying to relax

....until I watched a video explaining child drownings and yeah, the way I acted in water looked exactly like a drowned kid.

I don't think it's funny anymore.



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Flood water. It was fun and games for the kids, and we even splashed around in it, much to the horror of our parents (who immediately scrubbed us down). We didn't understand then, but now, oh wow...sewer, insects, rats, parasites, etc.


That’s actually hilarious.

My friend and I were walking along the road in about thigh high flood waters. A small boat with two men comes up to us. We were about 9 years old and I think they were National Guard. Anyway, one of the men asks if we remembered exactly where the manholes in the road were. We answered no. He told us that all of the covers had most likely been washed away in the flood but not to worry because it would probably only take them a few days to find our bodies if we were sucked down one of the holes by currents they produced. He spoke in a matter of fact tone and then left.

As an adult, I have zero doubt those two men had a good laugh as they looked back and watched us nope out of that water like two roadrunners in a cartoon.

Edit: It was Fish and Game Wardens. The NG didn't come until later.


Not to mention the crazy injuries that kids somehow are constantly surrounded by.

Had a jogger get hit by a car outside my house once when I was about eight or nine. My nephew came running inside yelling at my parents and my sister to call the ambulance because he was bleeding pretty badly.

I could even see him from our playrooms window and I wondered what he was doing lying on the grass. Turns out he was bleeding out pretty badly, deliriously yelling at my parents when they tried to help.

Eventually, an ambulance came and picked him up, but my parents always told me he made it out okay. The day after, in the spot he was found someone had put a lily in the grass in a vase.

It took me longer than I care to admit to figure out he died from the hit and run.


How sharp were they, though?

A kid f*cking sharpened his fingers with an automatic pencil sharpener at grade 2. Everyone didn't know what was going on until the teacher started freaking out.


I just remembered I tried to stick my finger into electric pencil sharpeners as a kid and disliked how my fingers were too big to fit in it. What the hell was I thinking?


Rock climbing can definitely be dangerous.

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We did climbing in PE (sixth to eight grade). Like rock climbing and we had to do our own harness and stuff. PE teacher (supposedly) checked it after we were done to make sure it was done right. One day my neighbor broke an arm and leg because she wasn't properly strapped and fell.

This was at an international American school in Egypt around year 2000, for all those wondering what type of school does rock climbing.


Kids are, in fact, made of elastic.

We used to jump of our roof. First time hurt a little, but after a few times you learnt how to land.

Did it regularly and would try various items as 'parachutes' to see if it slows you down any.

I look at that height now and wonder how the hell we never broke anything - kids bones are more elastic I guess.


​It’s amazing what adults can get away with right under kids’ noses.

A casual hit-and-run.

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My babysitter was running late to take me to piano lessons and rear ended an old man at a stoplight. She told me that he must not have noticed because he didn't get out of his car. I thought nothing of it, and she drove away and took me to my piano lesson.

I forgot about it, and it didn't click until I remembered the incident years later that I had been unknowingly involved in a hit and run.


Big yikes.

Not so much something I saw - but when I was 5 or 6 I was at a family wedding, and there was this really friendly adult guy (who I didn't know) who told me he was really worried about his nice new car in the parking lot and how he wanted to check on the car but didn't want to leave the wedding.

He asked if I could go check on it and he would pay me $5 just to go see if his car was "okay" being that age $5 was a crazy amount of money so I couldn't believe my luck.

On the way to the parking lot, my mom intercepted me and was absolutely horrified, I remember not understanding why, like trying to tell her no she had it wrong he was nice and paying me! And as an adult now I'm like that's so messed up and I wonder how close a call that could have been.


Go grandma!

Until the age of 12 my grandma had custody of me. I used to sleep with her and she slept with a baseball bat next to her bed. It wasn't until I was much older that I realized she did it dads friends wouldn't be able to do anything to me.

Dad was a drug addict and drunk and when he was out of prison he had all kinds of people in and out of the house. You would never know what would be missing the next day - often my Nintendo :(

She did everything she could to protect me from God knows who/what and I had zero clue!

Edit: Damn this blew up while I was sleeping!! Thank you so much to everyone for the support :)

Im adding extra details to help understand the situation.

My grandmother was born in 1914, had a third grade education and was a housewife her entire life. She was already 71 when I was born! My grandpa died when I was 4 and it was just her and I. We lived in a tiny 2 bedroom house in a terrible neighborhood. It was paid off and that's all she could afford. She lived off of the social security death benefits from my grandpa and food banks. She couldn't just "leave" and go anywhere else.

Also, for those suggesting she should have called the cops - cops don't do anything if you say "I'm scared these guys will do something bad" cops have to wait till something bad happens.

She did her very best and raised my right! Now my father is back in prison (shocker) and is pissed at me for not letting the past be in the past and welcoming him with open arms. Meanwhile I'm a 2x college graduate with a great job, my own house and recently married! She definitely did something right. Unfortunately she died when I was 12. Id give anything to be able to tell her how grateful I am to her for doing everything right.


We see some scary stuff as kids. No wonder most of us are so messed up years later. Often these things don’t even register as something terrible- a lot of times, the things we witnessed were just a part of life.

The best we can do is to take our trauma, and learn from it, so we don’t pass it down to our own children. Because kids don’t deserve it- they deserve to have happy childhoods and not think about the horrors of the world.