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.


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

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

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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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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."


Having other people raise your kids.

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Police escorts

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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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Getting money from the government.

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

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Being on a first name basis with a judge

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Having a wedding in your yard.

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

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Stealing from the middle class

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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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Being really into wine

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Rich people collect. Poor people hoard.

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Living at a hotel

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Walking around all day in a bathrobe.

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Having a lawyer's business card in your wallet.

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

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

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Trying to avoid paying taxes

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Having many many pets.

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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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Cheese as a meal

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Making your own booze

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Having multiple kids with multiple partners

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Not cleaning your own house

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Going to the horse races

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