In a world where the wealth gap is widening for more than 70% of the global population, people are becoming increasingly divided by income. And it all comes down to little things. What if refusing to clean your own house speaks volumes, but very differently depending on the dime you make?

This time, people on r/AskReddit are taking us on a valuable lesson on income inequality. You see, when someone asked “What's classy if you're rich but trashy if you're poor?” it was destined to resonate with many people out there.

The answers started flooding in, like “an old car being the most expensive thing you own” and “having a lawyer’s business card in your pocket.” We picked some of the most illuminating ones to reflect on down below.

#1

The most expensive thing you own is a really old car.

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Phoebe Bean
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1 month ago

So my old bike doesn´t count.... LOL

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#2

Asking for money. When you're poor it's begging, when you're rich, it's a fundraiser

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WilvanderHeijden
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1 month ago

Fundraisers always have at least 70% on organisation costs that flow back to rich people.

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#3

If you are weird and rich people just call you eccentric, but if you are weird and poor people call you crazy.

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Roger Haywood
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1 month ago

No, Kanye is definitely crazy.

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Chances are, you have seen this “Classy If You're Rich, Trashy If You're Poor” question surfing around the internet before. It turns out, the question which basically points out the troubling reality of income inequality has been going viral on and off for the past five years, giving us a lot to think about.

On September 25th, 2015, "What's considered trashy if you're poor, but classy if you're rich?" was first posted to r/AskReddit by user u/GreenAndPride. Know Your Meme reports that before it was archived, the post gained over 13K points.

In 2016, on June 5th, the same question was posted to Reddit and Twitter again. It gained 10K points, 24K retweets, and 14K likes on both platforms. According to Know Your Meme, some top answers included “having someone else raise your kids," "day drinking," "moving to a foreign country," and "multiple cars in front of your house."

In July 2020, the question went viral again after Twitter user Ana Samways posted it on the platform. The top replies included "speaking two languages” and "marrying a second cousin."

#4

Having other people raise your kids.

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Phoebe Bean
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1 month ago

Sad.

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#5

Police escorts

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Eagle Girl
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1 month ago

Ouch. Who felt that?

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#6

Having fake teeth.

I see so many celebrities with those fake ass implants that are going to destroy their jaw bones in a decade, but have a legitimate dental problem that results in missing teeth and you can't even get a job anymore, oh and dental insurance doesn't usually cover it either because it's considered cosmetic. Like getting to chew your food is somehow a style choice.

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MiniMaus
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1 month ago

I agree. I'm in that position. I also have implants and as a result I don't own nice things and don't do vacations. It was a trade-off. Chew or celebrate.

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#7

Getting money from the government.

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iblowsheep
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1 month ago

tax evasion would also qualify

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#8

Rich guy buys fast food: "He's just like us!"

Poor guy buys fast food: "He should really make better choices."

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Roger Haywood
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1 month ago

Anyone who buys fast food: Enjoy your meal.

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#9

Dressing provocatively. When you're rich it's a fashion statement, when you're poor you're a working girl

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Hanni
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1 month ago

Correctly demonstrated in Pretty Woman.

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#10

Being on a first name basis with a judge

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
1 month ago

"Hi Roger, sorry dude, I have to convict you, but don't worry; Donnie is already in the backroom signing your pardon. You'll be out and about before noon. See you tomorrow at Mar a Lago. "

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#11

Having a wedding in your yard.

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Be Potato
Community Member
1 month ago

My country is like this too. If you don't rent an expensive hall to hold your wedding and invite a thousand guest, people will talk about how poor you are and stuff. It's a very toxic thing because everyone is fighting to be the best and sounding rich and stuff even though they're not!

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#12

Biggest thing is leisure spending, imo. Somehow a billionaire wasting hundreds of thousands of dollars on shit she doesn’t need and will use once is considered cool, but a poor person saving up and buying a nice purse or bottle of booze is seen as wasteful

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ebony1k124 touch
Community Member
1 month ago

A poor person deserves a treat. Chances are the rich person may find a way to write it of whereas the poor person worked hard for it.

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#13

Substance abuse. Rich people are ‘troubled’ whereas poor people are just junkies

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Roger Haywood
Community Member
1 month ago

No, all are junkies.

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#14

Stealing from the middle class

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
1 month ago

The rich keep what they take and the poor get punished.

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#15

Having a barren house. If you're rich, it's called minimalism. If you're poor, it's not being able to afford furniture.

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ebony1k124 touch
Community Member
1 month ago

Some people.who aren't wealthy are just very frugal and don't feel the need for more than the basic necessities.

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#16

Being really into wine

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Phoebe Bean
Community Member
1 month ago

And the rich never get drunk.... they simply enjoy too much their drinks....

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#17

Rich people collect. Poor people hoard.

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Dave P
Community Member
1 month ago

No, both hoard and both collect, it depends if it one or two types of items only and if those items are organized as a collection. This is a situational, not a money issue

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#18

Living at a hotel

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Kubu
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1 month ago

How do you live at a hotel being poor?

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#19

Walking around all day in a bathrobe.

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ebony1k124 touch
Community Member
1 month ago

It is called comfortable and in today's economy, working from home

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#20

Having a lawyer's business card in your wallet.

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
1 month ago

Criminals know their lawyer's numbers by heart.

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#21

Wearing “vintage” clothing instead of hand-me-downs

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Anna Witt
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1 month ago

"Vintage" clothes are just really old hand-me-downs. People justify charging more, by calling them "vintage".

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#22

Wearing hoodies/sweats/gym wear to work.. Especially in Tech.

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Just another bot
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1 month ago

The comments here really went off track lol.

Eagle Girl
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1 month ago (edited)

Right?? CoVid killed Bored Panda. People here used to be respectful & have fun. Also, Bored Panda seems to be deleting comments to direct the conversation. I was on this post when it started & soooo many comments are gone. Look at the time stamps. When was the last time a Panda post went days with no comment?

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Janine Hunt-Jackson
Community Member
1 month ago

???? I thought practically everyone wore that type of clothes in tech. Guess I'm behind the times.

ArhomR
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1 month ago

Who’s working during Covid-19?

Mike Rodrick
Community Member
1 month ago

1st responders. Doctors, nurses, everyone in the medical field. "ESSENTIAL workers. Bartenders especially!

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Bob Belcher
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1 month ago

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I don't care who you are, the only time you should be wearing gym clothes is at the gym. I don't want to see your skin tight bulge or camel toe.

Lea S.
Community Member
1 month ago

Recovering from surgery? Sick at home and want to be comfortable? Just use your imagination about where/why someone might wear a certain type of clothing. My gym clothes aren't tight so there's no bulge or camel toe, but I also don't pick out my clothes by asking other people what they want to see. I have seen a few camel toes and skin tight bulges in clothes that were definitely not meant for the gym.

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#23

Trying to avoid paying taxes

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Phoebe Bean
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1 month ago

Classy for rich people?

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#24

Having many many pets.

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Phoebe Bean
Community Member
1 month ago

And you wouldn´t call that hoarding.

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#25

Having a big screen TV. I’ve had to do home visits with people often and they ALWAYS get so mad that these poor families would have one.

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KT
Community Member
1 month ago

LOL large TV's are cheap nowadays and don't poor people deserve something nice? I would consider it a wise investment if all they did was watch movies as their treats.

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#26

Cheese as a meal

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Phoebe Bean
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1 month ago

Hey! I love cheese!

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#27

Making your own booze

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Joe Berger
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1 month ago

True, but rich people generally don't make it in their bathtubs.

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#28

Having multiple kids with multiple partners

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Roger Haywood
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1 month ago

That's trashy no matter how much money you have.

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#29

Not cleaning your own house

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Phoebe Bean
Community Member
1 month ago

They have someone else to do that, I think. I mean, they are rich after all.

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#30

Going to the horse races

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Roger Haywood
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1 month ago

Isn't forcing an animal to race animal abuse?

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