"Rich kid syndrome" or "affluenza" is an ailment on society that affects people who have yet to learn about the harsh, cold realities of life. Either because of overprotective parents or just an excess of material goods, these are people who are unaware of their privilege and act accordingly, often treating others as inferior or taking material goods for granted.
The good folks of Reddit shared their stories of people they met who "suffer" from rich kid syndrome. Here are a few of the worst.
From Redditor u/PazzaCiccio:
A girl in my school was "surprised" by her parents in the school's parking lot with a new BMW. A freaking BMW. Everyone who is out is basically watching this go down and she starts crying. At first we are all thinking its because she's so happy but then she runs back into the school. Apparently they were supposed to show up earlier (I'm assuming when there would be more students to witness the surprise).
I felt bad for the dad because he looked totally embarrassed and sad about it. You know in his head he's like, "I created this monster."Bad case of affluenza?
From Redditor u/Five_Star_Amenities:
He was 25 years old when I knew him. His father owned oilfields. He had a credit card that he used for anything and everything, that they paid the balance on every month. He never even kept track of what was charged on it, just bought whatever caught his fancy. He openly and shamelessly admitted that he had offered his college professor money to give him a passing grade.
One day he was cranky about something and said, "I wish my parents would just die, so I could have their money. Why should I have to wait?"Bad case of affluenza?
From Redditor u/Daro10:
Once heard my sister's friend say to her mom, “I’ve never worn the same outfit twice and I don’t ever plan to.”Bad case of affluenza?
From Redditor u/thecrusadeswereahoax:
Went to a destination wedding in Mexico resort. Rich kids rented a golf cart, tore through the streets and flipped the cart, injuring people and causing a huge commotion and traffic jam.
A Mexican lady comes out and begins to scold them for their behavior.
"You wouldn't act this way at home!"
Rich kid responds, "I promise you we do."
It was the earnestness of his reply that got me.Bad case of affluenza?