When we start talking about money, a whole bunch of double standards start popping up. How people in authority positions treat you. What you're allowed to get away with both socially and legally. And how, suddenly, some of the things that were trashy when you're poor become classy when you're rich.

Well, it's not only us who've noticed the trashy/classy divide and the massive shifts in our perception that happen when we become aware that someone's rich. Entrepreneur Morgan, aka Cajunventures, posted a video on TikTok asking people to share the things that are considered trashy when you're poor but classy when you're rich.

She kicked things off by pointing out that the most expensive thing that you own being a really old car perfectly fits this category. Her video quickly went viral and others started sharing their own examples. Check some of the best ones out below, upvote the ones that you agree with, and let us know in the comments if you have any examples of your own.

Bored Panda had a chat with Morgan, who goes by her nickname Cajunventures online, about the importance of money, the American Dream, as well as financial independence. You'll find our full interview with the self-made millionaire below.

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Susan Green
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1 month ago

Yeah right? How absurd.

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Toko Danganronpa
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1 month ago

That's true

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Morgan pointed out that money plays a pivotal part in our lives: from giving people power and security to providing access to the experiences that we want, as well as being our way of valuing things.

"I think some people have nothing better to do with their time, and when people see someone living a different lifestyle than their own or doing better than them, they judge out of anger or jealousy. We should try empathy and understanding over criticizing and judging," the entrepreneur and financial independence advocate said about the trashy/classy divide.

The entrepreneur opened up to Bored Panda that she "grew up broke in a trailer park." However, this didn't stop her from starting her own company from scratch and becoming a millionaire by the time she was 30. "I am proof the American Dream is still alive and well," she said.

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Toko Danganronpa
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1 month ago (edited)

I personally find old cars really cool but this one is true.

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Daria B
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1 month ago

Depends where you live, though. In Croatia, back when I was growing up, speaking 3 languages was very common, almost normal. Speaking 4+ usually means you're working in tourism, which, given it's a large sector there, again - it's considered normal, but people will think you're skilled and will find it a virtue. In Korea, speaking English is still considered great skill, although it's socially recognised as a necessity, and if you speak a language they haven't heard of, they'll have no particular feeling about that. Speaking Korean with a non-korean face will be very much appreciated, but there will be some people who will try and patronise you, forgetting you can speak 4 languages while they barely struggle with their 2nd and only foreign language. As for my European circles, we all go "wow" at merely the number and we have a common saying "the more languages you speak, the more people you're worth".

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"The internet has an insane amount of opportunity, and I have been able to help thousands of people make money online for free. I started a million-dollar company with only $1 at Goodwill flipping books. It's possible if you are willing to put in the work," Morgan shared that hard work and perseverance really do pay off. And creativity and flexibility never hurt.

Like many other entrepreneurs, Morgan was hard-hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. "During the pandemic, my small business was struggling so we had to really adapt to survive. I learned a lot and decided to start sharing how I was able to quit my corporate job I hated to work for myself online for free."

She continued: "As an Amazon seller and a real estate investor, I have been able to share various side hustles and help thousands of people make money online. It won't be easy, you won't get rich quick, but if you put in the work you can definitely become financially independent." she said that slow and steady wins the race and that nobody should expect to rush into wealth at the drop of a hat.

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WilvanderHeijden
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1 month ago

Tiny houses aren't always build on trailers, at least not in my country.

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Sum Guy
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1 month ago

This one doesn't make sense... if you're rich and not have a job sounds like a dream to me.

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Morgan, who's behind the Cajunventures channel, is a full-time seller on Amazon, a real estate investor, and helps “women sell weird stuff online.” Having been self-employed for 4 years, her main goal in life is helping people learn all the different ways that they can make money working from home. The entrepreneur also claims to have made 7 figures selling things, so naturally, she's a bit of an expert when it comes to finance-related topics. Even lighthearted ones.

Economic inequality is a sensitive subject in the United States. The Pew Research Center points out that in 2018, the highest-earning fifth of families made more than half of all US income. “Over the past 50 years, the highest-earning 20% of U.S. households have steadily brought in a larger share of the country's total income,” the Center highlighted the trend.

What's more, data from the OECD shows that income inequality in the US is the highest of all the G7 nations. Not only that, but the black-white income gap in America has remained more or less steady since 1970.

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Susan Green
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1 month ago (edited)

When I was a single parent raising two sons, I always bought them brand new clothes. After doing that, I couldn’t afford to buy myself new clothes, so I always bought everything from consignment, or thrift stores. No big deal. Now that I can afford nice new, expensive clothes, I have never forgotten those times, so I still do shop in consignment and thrift stores some times. I will never feel that I’m above that.

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Susan Green
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1 month ago

No biggie! I sometimes do this too, if I don’t feel like cooking. It’s not trashy, and has nothing to do with how much money you have, or don’t have.

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“The difference in median household incomes between white and black Americans has grown from about $23,800 in 1970 to roughly $33,000 in 2018 (as measured in 2018 dollars). Median black household income was 61% of median white household income in 2018, up modestly from 56% in 1970—but down slightly from 63% in 2007, before the Great Recession,” the Pew Research Center explains that the situation hasn't improved much.

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Toko Danganronpa
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1 month ago (edited)

This is a bit too specific to be accurate in my opinion

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Demi Zwaan
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1 month ago

Yeah, circumstances matter. If you can't afford to pay your bills, can't better your life because you're always high and spend every cent on your next hit, you can't compare that to a rich person (who don't always just inherit their money...) who occasionally does recreational drugs.

Something
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1 month ago

But what about a rich person who's always high and spends more than the poor person's income on drugs vs a poor person who simply occasionally does recreational drugs?

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Eslamala
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1 month ago

To me, the only difference is between people who do drugs everyday, and those who do it sporadically. Money has nothing to with that. A meth head is a meth head no matter how much money they have. It's never cool nor an aesthetic thing.

bxttery_bxby
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1 month ago

It's bad either way.

Daria B
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1 month ago

I have a feeling this one is slowly changing, though. But I may not be informed that well.

Logic and Reason
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1 month ago

When rich people do drugs, they are harming their health and potentially harming their quality of life. Same for people that are poor. Regardless of financial status, doing drugs is not going to be a net positive decision.

Miss Frankfurter
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1 month ago

Either way drug addiction can eat up all your money. Rich or poor, you just might be doing it for something so seemingly insignificant as to fit in or party and then it can be a slow slide. If you're poor it just happens faster. Rich people can go through all of their money too, just slower. However, it may be easier for rich people to get drug rehab than a poor person. Of course if you do get yo go to rehab it still depends on that person to use the opportunity and then keep working the program, rich or poor.

Nikki Owens
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1 month ago

No. Drugs are for losers, no matter how rich they are.

Suzanne Haigh
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1 month ago

had a friend who wanted to emigrate to Canada. I smoked then, she told me how disgusting it was and Canadians hated smokers, regarded them as total trash. Her sister lived there, it was OK for her husband to take cocaine at various times of the day, to drink every chance he had and all weekend, but me having a cig was disgusting.

Sarah Grape
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1 month ago

or maybe everyone doing drugs is wasting money & life.........no hate please just my opinion

Mewton’s Third Paw
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1 month ago

She doesn’t know what aesthetic means. Drugs fûck you up if you abuse them. They are fun to use sometimes, never to abuse. The difference is poor people usually abuse. Anyone who abused them is gonna look trashy.

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It's not just a minority of Americans who think that there's something wrong with the massive financial divide in the country. A whopping 61 percent of Americans believe there's too much economic inequality. However, Democrats (78 percent) are more likely than Republicans (41 percent) to hold this belief, meaning that there's a party divide there.

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Toko Danganronpa
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1 month ago

Hot take here. Yeah, sure, Elon Musk named his kid a weird name but let's be real: he was always weird to begin with. The guy is totally bonkers and has done all kinds of crazy things but people really care about the name of his son. 1. How does it even affect you? 2. You can name your kid whatever you want and still get the same amount of criticism as a rich person would.

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WilvanderHeijden
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1 month ago

The "stone-washed" jeans comes to mind as another example of fools paying a shedload of money to some conman for a pair of torn jeans.

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Or, to put it bluntly, Democrats are nearly twice as likely to believe there's too much economic inequality than Republicans. What most likely won't surprise you either is that upper- and middle-class Americans with greater incomes are more likely to believe that there isn't much of an issue.

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Demi Zwaan
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1 month ago

Being able to buy things because you have money is a privilege? I mean, everyone should be able to get basic housing, food and other necessities, but it's not privileged to be able to live a good (better?) life when you have money. That's what it's for.

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Eslamala
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1 month ago

There's a huge difference between going to a city famous for its casinos on a weekend or a holiday just to gamble, and spending your kid's food money on the slots every day, though...

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According to the analysis done by the Pew Research Center, the wealth gap between the US' richest and poorest families more than doubled from 1989 to 2016. Not only have the 5 percent richest families grown their wealth from 114 times the median in 1989 to 248 times in 2016, but they were also the only ones to increase their wealth after the recession that started in 2007.

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Friday
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1 month ago (edited)

Marrying a family member? Rich or poor, that should be a hard no.

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Toko Danganronpa
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1 month ago

Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't it also considered "trashy" if you are rich?

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There's a shrinking middle class as well. The number of middle-income households decreased from 61 percent in 1971 to just 51 percent in 2019, highlighting the growth of the divide between the rich and the poor.

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Toko Danganronpa
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1 month ago

I don't think so

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WilvanderHeijden
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1 month ago

Sorry, but you keep complaining how awful the US is, yet nearly 50% of the votes in the last election were for an an orange baboon who just killed 500 000 US citizens by sitting on his hands and refusing to admit that there was a pandemic going on. The same guy also changed tax laws so that the richer you are, the less tax you pay. And let's not forget the millions he squandered on a useless wall, just to calm down his xenophobia.

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Over the same period of time, the number of people in the upper-income tier grew from 14 percent to 20 percent. While the share of adults in the lower-income tier grew from 25 percent to 29 percent. In other words, if something doesn't change soon, we'll be seeing even more trashy/classy videos on social media as economic inequality continues to thrive.

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Miss Frankfurter
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1 month ago

For so many people they aren't trashy. They're a necessity because of whatever oral condition you may have, it's a necessity to have all Of your teeth removed. And it's not always from poor oral care. If you check it out the term dental implants like are advertised these days they're still dentures ie fake teeth. They're simply snapped in instead of glued in.

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