The Worst Cases of “Rich Kid Syndrome” Ever Recorded

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Now we aren’t generalizing here, but rich kids can be so annoying sometimes! We’re talking about the ones who let the money go straight to their heads, so much so that they’re tad bit (or a lotta bit) out of touch with reality. They flaunt their wealth in people’s faces, think they can buy anything they set their eyes on and get really mad when they don’t get what they want.

These kids are so spoilt that their own parents can’t get a handle on them. But if you’d like to laugh or shake your head at some off their most outrageous antics, go ahead and read these stories.

40. Justice Is Served…Kinda

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A kid I went to high school with got in trouble at school for telling a substitute teacher to “eff off” when she asked him to put his phone away. In the office, he allegedly threw the principal’s hot coffee into the guys face. When the school resource officer cuffed him, he started screaming and wailing and said he was going to get the entire school arrested for assaulting and bullying him.

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The thing is, this guy was easily the biggest in bully in school, and because his daddy was the District Attorney, he thought he could get away with anything, and he usually did. He was back at school two days after this happened and had a smug smile on his face. But two months later his daddy was arrested, removed from his position, and charged with tampering with evidence and interfering with investigations. Apparently, he was using his position to get friends and family out of trouble with the law, and the feds picked up on it.

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39. Just For A Shower

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When I was in high school, I was dating a guy whose family was relatively well to do. Living in the midwest, our winters were brutal, and this one was no exception. One time, the pipes in his basement burst, filling the basement with sewage.

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His darling mother, instead of driving a few blocks to the nearby hotel, bought a last-minute plane ticket to Denver to go to their condo and take a shower there, and immediately flew back home. I wish I had money to spend as ridiculously and as stupidly as this woman did.

38. Biggest Brat On the Block

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A friend of mine from high school who was filthy rich thanks to her step-dad. I’m just going to list a few of the things I remember about her. Her mom and step-dad asked her for permission to have a child together and she told them no because she wanted to be an only child. She constantly complained because her parents refused to move out of the master suite of their mansion. She felt that she deserved it because the attached walk-in closet and bathroom were bigger than hers. To reconcile this, she had her parents pay to redecorate her room every single year.

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On her 16th birthday, her step-dad gave her his one-year-old hummer. She full on cried when he tried to give her the keys because it was the “wrong color” and used. They went out and bought her a brand new one in the color she liked that day. Lastly, she only wore designer clothes and would constantly make fun of people who couldn’t afford to wear the same. When we went to the mall, I would often buy nothing, but her parents would give her not one, but two credit cards to buy whatever she wanted.

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37. A Human Foot Rest?

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I worked as a computer technician and had to install a new computer for the kid of one of our biggest clients- think top 10 richest people in the country rich.

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The 15-year-old not only tried ordering me to tie his shoelaces for him, but he also rest his feet on my back while I was under the desk connecting up the computer.

36. Used Cars Are Nasty

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I will never forget this girl I know say “Ew I can’t believe people get used cars, that’s so nasty.” I had and still have (a different) used car. Her first car was a brand new Lexus when she was a teenager that her parents got for her. That’s when it really hit me how easy some people I know have it.

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My family was never poor and we had everything we needed and then some, and I’m so grateful for that. But there’s a huge difference between me always checking the price of stuff versus people not worrying about money ever.

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35. “I Don’t Care, My Mom Will Buy It”

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I once had a mom ask if I could open up the back of our ambulance so her kid could see what was inside since he “wanted to be a firefighter.” I’m a medic, not a firefighter, but I agreed as long as he didn’t touch anything. Of course, the second the doors open the kid hopped in and goes straight for our expensive monitor. I told him that it’s dangerous and could break, to which he started screaming “I don’t care, my mom will buy it.” The mom then says, “it’s fine, just let him play with it. If it breaks, I’ll replace it.”

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I physically picked him up and carried him out of the ambulance since she didn’t even try to control him. While this was happening, we get paged out for a call and this woman suggested that she’d pay double our hourly wage if we stayed for a few more minutes so her little boy could explore/destroy more of our equipment! 

34. Just For the Safari

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I had a classmate in primary school, whose family was insanely wealthy. His dad was a lawyer and his mother was a stay-at-home trophy wife. One summer, the family went on safari to either Kenya or South Africa. His family decided that instead of going on a tour with other visitors or just renting out a jeep for a private excursion, that they would buy their own Hummer, have it shipped to the nature preserve in Africa, and use it for the trip before leaving it behind when they returned to the States.

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You can imagine the look of pure “what the hell” everyone in the class had, from the students to the teachers to the volunteer mother who was going to blab about it to the other women in her social group later that afternoon.

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33. The Introverted Rich Guy

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I once had a friend who wasn’t socially comfortable and had an aversion to being near a lot of people. I set him up on a date with this girl in our high school who shared similar interests with him. I told him to take her to this famous restaurant which served amazing food but was known to be pretty expensive.

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Being the introvert that he was, he rings up the restaurant and takes over the entire establishment for himself, canceling all the other reservations and paying the charges himself. I’m glad that they’re a couple now with two kids and a third on the way.

32. New Pizzas

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One time in elementary school, my friend had a party for all the kids in the class and his mom ordered like ten pizzas. When they arrived, they were square cut.

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He threw a fit because he wanted triangles; his mom threw the pizzas away and reordered new ones.

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31. She Needed to See the Episode

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I knew 15-year-old girl insisted that the family’s flights to a Pacific Island get pushed back a day so she wouldn’t miss an episode of her favorite TV program.

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They had paid for everything already, but since she was a spoiled brat, they went a day late on their vacation.

30. Used Them Like Tissues

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A friend of mine knew the son of a Chinese millionaire who would constantly buy new clothes so that he would never have to wash his clothes.

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He just used clothes as if they were tissues, never having to re-wear them, all because of a seeming allergy to washing machines.

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29. Worst Christmas Ever

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A girl I know posted a picture of a $14,000 check for herself. She didn’t even blur or cover the numbers and names on it.

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When she posted the picture, it had the caption “Mom said I have to split it with my brother! Worst Christmas ever.”

28. Pretend To Be Poor Day

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A friend of mine was on the student council in high school and they had to plan the themes for spirit week. One of the girls suggested a “poor” theme, where everyone wears ragged clothes and dresses like they’re homeless. I assume her intention was to bring perspective and make kids appreciate what they have.

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My friend quickly shot her down explaining that poor kids actually exist and attend their school so they can’t have a “pretend to be poor day.”

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27. The Phone Collection

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One of my friends owns a lot of phones. One day, we took his phone to see his reaction. He just took another one out of his pocket and didn’t even care.

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Also, he carries around $2000 of “pocket change” in his wallet and he occasionally leaves it on a table in our library or a bench in our locker room. It’s crazy

26. An Immediate Investment

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A very distant relative of ours offered her son a bribe of an entire apartment building if he finished his undergraduate accounting degree.

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I just went, “Huh? So you get an immediate investment after graduating and you can rent out the place for tons of money. How lucky!”

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25. Car Appreciation or Lack Thereof

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I had a friend who once was super mad that her dad bought her a year model Jeep Grand Cherokee because it wasn’t a “real jeep.” He got that one instead of the typical model because it had a much higher safety rating.

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Don’t even get me started on the appreciation of the Lexus she had for a short while.

24. He Just Knew How to Rent Things

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A kid in my high school had parents who both made 140k+ a year and everyone at school kept saying he would be a millionaire before he turned 22 or 23. What I left out was that the guy only passed because people had this expectation that everything he did was great, and he was actually decent at math. Given both his parents were at the school constantly threatening to sue, when he got in trouble, it was quietly dropped.

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He went to college for ten years and failed the entire time because his reputation didn’t matter on a scantron exam. Now, his parents won’t pay for his life and he makes like $7.50 an hour. I ran into him one day and was like “Wait…aren’t you?” He was shocked to see me and was like “Please don’t tell anyone I work at a pizza place.” I looked him up on Facebook and he’s making it seem like he actually did become a millionaire, when really, he just knows how to rent things.

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23. A Different Kind of Independence

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My boss bought her kids a two-million-dollar house to live in while they went to college. My boss also paid for their college.

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So, of course, they move out of the two-million-dollar house five months later because they want to be independent. But they still expected mommy and daddy to pay for their rent, utilities, college, cars, vacations to see friends in different states, etc.

22. “You Can’t Put A Price on A Good Time”

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A group of rich high school kids in Montana was out driving around and drinking. They found two combines (worth about $250k each) out in a wheat field and decided to have a demolition derby. They got caught and were summoned to the judge’s chambers with the farmer who just wanted the damages reimbursed.

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The high-end family lawyers asked the kids what the hell they were thinking when they did it. The response: “Well, you can’t put a price on a good time.”

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21. $60, 000 To Deliver Pizza

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I deliver pizza in a very rich area. I’m talking seeing Rolls Royces and supercars on a daily basis kind of rich. My manager told me a story of someone that used to work there once. The guy would deliver pizzas in a brand new BMW M3 and just put absolutely no effort into his job- delivering pizza isn’t that hard.

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Apparently, this guy only had a job because his parents wouldn’t pay his allowance if he didn’t work. How much was his allowance? $5,000 a month. This guy was making $60,000 a year to deliver pizza part-time.

20. The Mercedes Collection

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I went to high school with a girl whose first car was some new Mercedes. She crashed it, and her parents got her another one. She crashed that one, and guess what? Her parents bought her another Mercedes.

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The third time was a charm, and when she got into yet ANOTHER accident, her parents refused to buy another one. She then went around the school telling everyone how abusive her parents were just because they wouldn’t waste any more money.

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19. Entitled Jerk

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This one kid that was in my class a few years back was a huge jerk who was always arguing with teachers. His family was one of the wealthiest in the area. He was allowed to do some pretty illegal things, quite often, even though he was 15 at the time.

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This kid once slapped his mom in front of the entire school. Why? Because she wouldn’t buy him some stupid $2000 microphone. He brought it to school the next week and broke it because he thought it was a good idea to put it in a glass of water.

18. A Whole School of Them

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I attended an international high school in Ho Chi Minh City, where a lot of new-wave millionaire’s kids lived. The school was ridiculous; a third of the kids were expats (perfectly lovely kids), another third were local Vietnamese kids whose parents were working their butts off to send them to a private school, and the other third were these millionaire kids. They wouldn’t ever hesitate to show off their parents’ wealth. They’d pull up to school in Lamborghini’s, Ferrari’s, etc.

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They’d be such bullies to the non-rich locals, and constantly bring up the most trivial things and complaining about them. For example, one said, “my maid bought me the wrong Louis Vuitton bag! I TOLD HER it was the TAN BROWN one, not the LIGHT BROWN one! Ugh, I can’t believe it – now we have to send her on the jet to Shanghai to get it.”

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17. No One Makes That Little Money

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My younger brother saw me balancing books for some low-end families we were supporting at our local church. He looked at the finances and said: “why are you trying to budget that little for food?” I said that was all the money they made.

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He said, with unwavering confidence, that no one made that little money that they were just being stingy. It was at that moment that I realized he wasn’t born during my family’s hardships. He’s never known anything except our prosperous lifestyle. It was the first time he saw minimum wage.

16. Learning the True Cost of Living

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I knew a girl who would regularly complain about people not knowing how to manage their money. It took a while to figure out but eventually, it clicked that she meant very poor people didn’t know how to invest their money in stocks and bonds.

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Then one day, we were having a conversation where she revealed she didn’t think a house in Detroit in 2010 could possibly cost under $1 million. I told her I grew up in a nice $180k house and she thought I was dumb or lying. It shattered her world when I showed her my home on Zillow. When she graduated college she complained about how much stuff cost all the time; it was nice seeing her learn the value of a dollar, finally.

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15. The Rich Bully

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The dude who relentlessly bullied me in school was also the son of one of the richest people in the city. One day, a teacher caught him with his hands around my throat and I was pinned against a wall. We were both taken to the teacher’s meeting room where it was explained to me that we should try and get along and that we should apologize to each other. Did I mention his dad happened to build the flashy new cafeteria for the school that year?

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He was caught on numerous occasions with me in some state of distress and every time they found ways to make it both our problems. His dad pumped a lot of money into that school because of this. He also flew his friends on his private airline to Manchester United (soccer) games, so nobody stood up for me because they could lose their privileges. My saving grace was that a lot of his friends in the early years of secondary school turned on him later because he was such a jerk.

14. Why Aren’t You Guys Mad?

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There was a guy in my driver’s ed class in high school who was surprised that he was the only one in the class who got a brand new BMW for his 16th birthday.

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He was even more shocked because he couldn’t understand why the rest of us weren’t mad at our parents for not getting us one.

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13. Dead Parents = More Money

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I once met a 25-year-old rich brat whose father owned oilfields. He had a credit card that he used for any and everything; his dad paid the bill every month. He never even kept track of what was charged on it, he 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.

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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?”

12. Why Wasn’t His Bed Made?

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My step cousin had a sheltered upbringing and has an irritating sense of entitlement. After he graduated from an Ivy League university, he was asked whether he had secured a job. He responded puzzled and somewhat amused, “No – why would I do that?” He continues to live off his family’s wealth.

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Another time, while my uncle and aunt were in town, my parents invited the same cousin to stay with them. After waking up, he asked why his bed was not made. “Don’t you have someone to do that for you?”, he asked.

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11. Ensuring Comfort

My roommate refused to go with his family for Spring Break since there wasn’t a flight with first class seats and only business class was available.

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He ended up taking a connecting flight that did have first class available, while the rest of his family just took business on the direct flight.

10. The Wrong Model

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My friend called me sobbing because her dad bought her the wrong car. He got her a 2003 Mercedes Benz instead of the 2018 model she wanted for her 16th birthday.

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The kicker is that she doesn’t even know how to drive.

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9. A Short Story

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My cousin insisted on a $15,000 wedding ring and $30,000 wedding, although she and the groom made $20-25k a year, combined.

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Her dad paid for everything; they divorced within six months.

8. Just So You Don’t Starve

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A friend in college literally went to the local Gamestop at midnight every Tuesday. He’d buy every new release for every console. We went over to his house one time that year and he had about 60ish games that were unopened.
One time, we were walking around campus and he stopped by the ATM. He got his receipt and called his dad. It turns out his dad was worried his funds were running low, so he sent him $25, 000 just to make sure he wasn’t going to starve.

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7. It Wouldn’t Make A Difference

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Back in high school, we were doing one of those ice breakers where we passed a beach ball around and whoever caught it had to answer the question their thumb landed on. Well, this kid who was always talking about being rich, including talking about his parents owning a known pizza place and how he drove an expensive sports car caught the ball and his question was “If you won a million dollars what would you do with it?”

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His response was somewhere along the lines of “A million dollars wouldn’t make any difference in my life.”

6. Taxi Love

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I had a friend who would take a taxi everywhere in town. It was a very safe, small college town with free campus buses and she’d taxi across campus. She lived two blocks away from me and would take a taxi from her dorm to my house; Google maps says it’s a full 4-minute walk.

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She swore she just had a terrible sense of direction and couldn’t figure out where we lived, but you’d think after the first embarrassingly short taxi ride she’d throw our address into Google Maps and just walk.

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5. The Donation That Didn’t Work

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There’s a kid in my MBA cohort that outsources his homework and projects to India.

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He complained when one of our professors gave him a ‘C,’ when he only showed up to two classes after his father donated $10,000 to school.

4. The Case of Tom

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When I was in Cuernavaca, a suburb of Mexico City, I stayed with a host family. I stayed with another fellow classmate named Tom. Tom was good at hiding his wealth, but it was very apparent he was a preppy, wealthy boy, because he was notorious for saying things that were out of touch with us middle-class kids. He was a picky eater, which is something of a problem in Mexico, where a good portion of people live in poverty, and wasting food, or not eating food, is considered rude, unless you are literally stuffed. One night, our host family had us and our other classmates an American-themed night, where they made burgers and hot dogs.

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I’ll never forget how they gave him a hot dog with mustard and he told them straight up he would not eat anything with mustard, because it was disgusting, and how dare they not ask him first. I was half expecting him to throw it on the ground. When the host family asked if they could remove it, he told them no it wouldn’t matter because the bun was contaminated. He proceeded to take another hot dog without asking and when I told him to apologize, he refused, saying they should have asked him. It was obvious there was to be no reasoning with Tom on this one. That night I heard the host through the window talking badly about Tom and calling him a spoiled brat. I chuckled so hard.

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3. The Cellular Ultimatum

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When I was in college, I had a part-time job and some of my co-workers were in high school and early college. I noticed one of the high school workers’ phone screen was shattered, but it still functioned well.

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I asked her what happened to it and she simply said she wanted a new phone. She ran over her phone with her car so her mom can buy a new one. Since she got a job, she was told to buy it herself (which is reasonable). However, my coworker refused to do so and wanted to make her mom feel bad for her.

2. More Harm Than Good

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I worked with a boy who got a job to practice law. It was his dad’s idea that before he inherited their multi-billion family business, they would test out how good he was. And he was just useless. He slept 12 hours on the job and his ‘assistance’ usually resulted in an extra eight to nine hours of work for everyone else.

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One day, he came to work pissed off. It turned out that he wanted new a jet ski because his old one was one year old and his dad didn’t want to buy him one. He literally pouted and had a tantrum for the whole shift because he had to use the old one.

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1. Money for Napping

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I knew a kid who never worked a day in his life, but still, got paid by his parents. They pay him $500 a week to do some charity work at a local shelter. To make sure he went, his parents would leave “Find My iPhone” on so they know if their son was actually at the shelter.

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It was a good and reasonable move, except this kid doesn’t do anything at all. He actually just sat in the parking lot of the shelter and took naps. He got paid for six hours of naps!

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