Dear Readers: Today we decided to provide you with something a bit lighter than our typical content. While this format is far different than our usual articles, there are still plenty of lessons to be learned from these (hilarious) stories of people spending money like it’s going out of style.
While most of us are living paycheck to paycheck or swimming in student loan debt, there’s the insanely wealthy 1% out there wasting money like only the insanely wealthy know how. Make sure you’re sitting down when you read this, you’re about to get jealous and angry.
A Fiji Bath
I worked at a high-end grocery store in the Hamptons during my summer breaks from college. One day some rich dude strolls in and asks to buy an entire pallet of Fiji bottled water. For his hot tub! This guy paid $2,000 (cash) for bottled water to dump into his hot tub. The craziest part… When I gave him the price (which I totally made up) he looked confused and said; “wow, that’s it?”.
It Pays To Be On Time
I’m a VIP tour guide at Walt Disney World. Each guide costs $600/hour and charging starts when you ask us to meet you, whether you’re there on time or not. A family booked two of us multiple days in a row and wouldn’t show up until typically 2-3 hours into being charged.
More than $8,000 overall paid for tour time they didn’t use. Didn’t care at all. In case you were wondering, guides only get 2% of that hourly charge.
What a Waste of Food
I was an assistant manager at a grocery store and you wouldn’t believe how much produce I threw out because it wasn’t pretty enough. The district manager set a high standard of how the produce should look. If I didn’t cull it correctly, he would write me up. He came in 1-3 times a week, so I couldn’t get away with not doing what he asked.
When I looked at weekly reports of the shrink, produce amounted for about 100-200 dollars. I asked him if I could donate the produce we throw out, and his response was “that’s theft”. I was so glad when this place went out of business.
My Super Sweet 16.
I moved to Highland Park, Illinois, from Southern California and I’m shocked at how wealthy people are and how much they flaunted it. A girl for her 16th birthday, because she just got her driver’s license, is given a Jaguar XKE by her dad. This 12-cylinder car is impossible for a normal person to drive.
She wrecks it, the first day she has it. And shows up the following day in a little 2 seater Mercedes sports coupe. Daddy’s girl! Imagine the expectations that have already been set for her husband.
I work in a nightclub in Las Vegas. Table/bottle service on an average night starts at around $2,000. You get your own table in the club. Bottles of liquor and mixers. Security. Your own waitress. It’s already rather silly to spend $2,000 to drink at a club for a couple of hours… However… Big holiday weekends those prices rise. I’ve seen people $100,000 for a night out.
One person in particular. Works in finance in Dubai. Himself and his wife, along with 6 security guards (who weren’t drinking by the way) order 40 bottles of champagne, at $800 a piece. 4 magnums, at $2,000 each. And several large format bottles(3 Liter and 6 Liter) of champagne at $5,000+ each. I think they only finished 10-15 of the normal sized bottles. A few sips out of the bigger ones, mostly just pouring glasses and handing them to people.
Yeah, you wanna see people throw money away? Go to a Las Vegas nightclub on Memorial Day weekend. It’s kinda gross.
I Need It Now
I worked at a phone store and this guy just lost his iPhone X in a river. The guy had insurance on the phone and had a $250 option to use it and get a phone the next day. He said he needed a phone now and ended up paying the $850 he still owed on his phone plus signing a new agreement to get another iPhone X.
We make commission off the phones, but I was looking out in his best interest that doing the insurance would make the most sense but then scoffed and said it’s only $800. He was the epitome
What’s 20 Million Amongst Friends
When I lived in a suburb of Salt Lake City several years ago, there was a mortgage company headquartered in my city. When the owner of the company had a birthday–it was a major birthday; if memory serves, he was turning sixty–he went to Las Vegas with some family and friends and blew twenty million dollars in a weekend. Twenty. Million. Dollars. In one weekend.
I’d like someone to do the math and figure out how much he was spending per minute. And, yes, before anyone chides me for being holier-than-thou, I know that many people enjoy gambling, and many people don’t view it as a waste. I, myself, love poker. But guess what? When someone loses twenty million dollars in one weekend, I call that a waste.
Not A His Pot Of Gold
What I personally witnessed was in 2010. My elderly father bought into the gold commercials on the Glenn Beck show on Fox news. He had a good retirement and Social Security but chose to live very meagerly so his bank account grew up to about $15,000. Right after I suggested to him that he could provide a couple thousand dollars to each grandchild and great-grandchild as an inheritance for their education or something, I noticed his bank account was drained to almost nothing. When I questioned him, he admitted that he bought gold coins.
After analyzing the coins (easy to do as there are websites to assist you in determining their quality), I determined that each coin was worth about $100 – $200. He paid over $1000 for each. Even the bank tried to slow down the transaction but nobody in the family really got to know in time. He was in the state of mind where he felt he was capable of making these decisions. He told me that Obama was going to destroy the United States economy and turn our country into a socialist state. He said gold coins would be the only reasonable way to invest for the future.
Not Much Of A Giver
I went to lunch with my friend & her friend. She ordered a large pasta dish & ate about a third of it. She decided to take the rest home. When we left we all decided to go to movies. We get to the theater & she remembers she has her leftovers.
She doesn’t want to leave in car bc it’s 100+ degrees & would smell up her car. So she grabs the container, we walk towards the front of the theater and she tosses it in a trash can.. which was directly next to a homeless man. The man saw it happen, so I am sure he went in and got it asap but he didn’t have to do that.
She could have given it to him. It was such a large portion. Neither me or my friend said anything bc the girl knew what she did bc she said, “He didn’t need alfredo.” And did this weird snicker. I was embarrassed AF but she was my ride.