As ordinary people around the world suffered from the health and economic impacts of the pandemic, billionaires have actually expanded their fortunes. According to the Institute for Policy Studies analysis of Forbes data, the combined wealth of all U.S. billionaires increased by $1.763 trillion (59.8 percent) between March 18, 2020 and July 9, 2021, from approximately $2.947 trillion to $4.711 trillion.
This just shows that people with and without money lead very different lives. Recently Reddit user u/amaltheahope asked others on the platform, "What is something that rich people do that really annoys you?" and everyone immediately started sharing some relatable examples of all the irritating stuff wealthy folks are known for. From happiness to food, continue scrolling to check out the most-discussed topics.
When they insist that money doesn’t buy happiness. Maybe it doesn’t buy happiness, but it does buy vacations, therapy, adequate medical care, and not having to worry about whether or not you’ll have the money to pay rent and eat every month.
When they act like everybody has the same 24 hours in a day. Like, oh OK, how many hours did you spend at the laundromat last week? Or how many hours did you spend on the bus?
u/amaltheahope told Bored Panda the idea to post this question popped into their head quite randomly and since it looked like other users hadn't asked it before, they just went ahead and asked. "I was also curious about other people's opinions because basically, I also have some things that I hate about rich people," u/amaltheahope said.
The Redditor thinks many of the replies are quite universal. "Basically, I have the same sentiments as most of the commenters!" they said, laughing. "We have a common ground — hate towards annoying things rich people do!"
u/amaltheahope believes people can get along despite their wealth gap, but it takes respect, open communication, and understanding on both ends.
Build billion dollar rocketships while their employees pee in bottles
Try to be relatable to "regular" people on social media. Like remember when celebrities were struggling just as much as everyone during covid in their multi-million dollar homes? Yeah, they can f**k themselves.
The sad thing is that financial inequality is skyrocketing.
To put things into perspective, the before-mentioned analysis offers this comparison: in 1982, the "poorest" American on the first annual Forbes magazine list of America's richest 400 had a net worth of $210 million in today's money and the average member of that list had a net worth of $600 million. But in 2020, Americans needed a net worth of $2.1 billion to enter the Forbes 400, and the average member held a net $8 billion. That's 13 times the 1982 average after adjusting for inflation.
When they act like or say they’re 'self-made' when they grew up affluent.
Get away with things because they have money for better lawyers/bail/payout etc.
My aunt and her wife both work for the state. Her wife is the Deputy Commisoner of Environmental Protection. And I'm not sure what my aunt did but she was pretty high up and retired right before covid. Never had any kids. Needless to say, they're pretty well off.
They send my 95 year old Grandma a bill every month for what she owes them. When my aunt takes her to Starbucks and "buys" her drink, goes on the bill.
My grandma would offer money on her necessaties, because that's who she is. Pay for her groceries they bring her, etc. But they literally keep record of anything they ever pay for and bill her at the end of the month.
Like...where's your soul?
A variety of explanations have been proposed to explain how inequality can affect a country's economy. But a high level of disparity usually means a high level of poverty. Poverty is associated with increased crime and poor public health, which places additional burdens on the economy.
In the face of increasing food prices and lower incomes, support for pro-growth government policies declines. As wealthy citizens maintain disproportionate political power compared to poorer citizens, inefficient tax structures develop in favor of the wealthy. Unequal income distribution increases political instability, which threatens property rights, increases the risk of state repudiated contracts and discourages capital accumulation. Also, a widening rich-poor gap tends to increase the rate of rent-seeking and predatory market behaviors that hinder economic growth.
When they lack perspective. It's shown through the advice they give ('Just borrow money from your parents,' and, 'Go back to school'). It shows that they have no idea how so many people live
Say that we're all on the same boat. Nope. We definitely aren't
Offering the 'You should just…' advice. Having unlimited funds allows for risk taking in a way that working people can’t relate to. No, I can’t just quit my job. I have rent to pay.
Thanking us poor folks for sending them on a trip into space.
Employ others for low pay and bad benefits in an unsafe working environment and think they're doing the people they employ a favor.
Use their money and power to make laws and policies to enrich themselves even more, all while keeping the rest of us fighting among ourselves for the scrapes
Failing to recognize the extent to which luck (including luck of birth) played into their success.
Assume they deserve and earned everything they have and that consequently, poor people just aren't working hard enough. Even if a person legitimately built their own wealth and jumped socio-economic status on their own, they're still engaging in survivor bias.
Lots of poor people work very hard and take on a lot of misery in service of a better life. And a lot of those people stay poor forever and never get their break.
Guilt trip the public into donating money (that they may not have much of) to help [Enter charitable cause here] when they could just hand over wads of their own cash without feeling the pinch.
[Mess] up the whole world and then get bailed out when they [mess] up.
Exploit poor people to film themselves acting generous. I’m all for buying homeless people things, but you don’t have to film yourself giving to them and post it all over social media. They are people too, with friends and family. No need to make them feel small when they already struggle in life.
Burn £20 notes in front of a homeless person, after they were asked for money. Ronald Coyne, a Tory Cambridge student did this. Insufferable c**t.
When they complain that people on welfare haven’t earned that money and don’t deserve it; meanwhile rich people spoil their kids or give them comfortable jobs as if they've earned that stuff.
My rich friend orders 20 things from McDonald’s and eats two of them, and then throws the rest away. I’m not exaggerating. She is infinitely kind and generous, but that kind of waste makes me shake my head."
When they tell people, 'Travel and expand their horizons.' Traveling is expensive
Complain about being stuck in their large mansion with a pool, tennis court, etc. during the pandemic.
My < 700 sq. ft. apartment is probably the size of their closet.
Assume that people who have low-paying jobs just didn't work hard enough or aren't smart enough to get any better jobs.
I've known some fairly rich people complain that they have too much money. Give it to me then — I'll put it to good use.
Lecture us on saving the planet from their big diesel super yachts, private jets and mansions (not counting their city homes and holiday homes) that houses their classic car collection that they drive around for fun.
When they're so freaking cheap. They won't leave tips or will argue over 10 cents while shopping
Some of them behave narcissistically, mainly by sexually assaulting people and sending out hush payments (like Trump, Clinton, Cosby, O’Reilly, Ailes, Weinstein, Epstein, etc.), and some of them abuse workers’ basic rights by intentionally putting bathrooms far away from workspaces (like Jeff Bezos did with Amazon’s warehouses).
When rich leaders have fake philosophies like, 'We're in this together,' and, 'First to arrive, last to leave,' etc.
Move to low cost of living places and then drive up the cost of living for locals, who then can’t afford to live in their hometown. Thanks for ruining Bozeman you dickheads
My relatives are fairly well off. I don't know what it is about them but they have a notorious habit of bossing people around. My aunt (who I am very close with) straight up told me to go out and start a walking dogs business out of nowhere and that when she sees me again, I better have a walking dog business. What??? This is the way they function and when you stand up to them you get told you're lazy, don't care etc.
Just for clarity. I'm looking for work. Her method wouldn't work for where I live. It's nowhere near practical. Even if it was, it's extremely bossy.
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