We all know that some people in the world are richer than others. There's not anything inherently wrong with being rich — if you or your parents or your great-great-grandparents made good investments, then you should obviously feel free to reap the rewards!

Of course, not all rich people are created equally. When you grow up with a lot of money, it can sometimes be tricky to relate to people who don't have as much as you do. Some rich people make up for the extreme disparity by being extra generous and sharing their spoils. Others simply feel entitled to enjoy their wealth and keep it to themselves. And when those super-rich people have children, those kids often face the same struggle.

A recent AskReddit thread gave people the opportunity to share their own stories of what it's like to know super rich kids. Their stories run the gamut from super heartwarming to downright shocking. Here are a few of our favorites.

Worst roommate ever.

A guy I met in my early 20's was the richest person I've ever known. His dad was CFO for a big bank but died when my friend was 14. He grew up in a massive mansion, had his rent paid for in a luxury rental building, and had unlimited funds for drugs. Eventually, his mom forced him to go to rehab, which he did for a couple of months. One day, while he was at rehab, my roommate got a call from him. He said he's outside and didn't know where else to go. He had been cut off from his money, knew that we had an extra room, and asked if he could stay with us while he learned basic life skills (getting a job, buying groceries, cleaning, budgeting, etc...). We let him, against our better judgment. About a month in, he had managed to stay sober, keep a job, and not be such a parasitic piece of crap. His mom thought he was doing better too, so she reconnected him to his money. His whole attitude and demeanor completely changed. All of a sudden it's, "I don't have to stay in this crappy apartment, living like I'm poor. I don't even have to stop doing drugs. I've got my money back!" He left right before rent was due and basically told us to screw ourselves. Two months later, he had the exact same situation happen. His mom cut him off again, forced him to go to rehab. He left again and called us, but this time we figured he'd rather not live in our crappy apartment living like he's poor.BTCAlex

This sounds like so much fun.

I grew up attending a private school in a developing country so a lot of my classmates were in the 1% of the country. Whenever we'd be swimming in the school pool one friend of ours in particular would always remark that swimming is more fun if the pool has a current or waves. I had no idea what he was talking about and generally thought he was just being imaginative. One day he invited me over to his house for swimming and... He had a 50-foot indoor pool that generated a current/waves. He wasn't lying. They are a lot more fun.huazzy


My college roommate's mom gave him $1400 "for the weekend" just randomly. He blew through the whole thing by Saturday asked his mom for more money and was screaming at her because "she promised $1400 for the weekend" and he spent most of what she gave him on Friday which isn't a part of the weekend.chuteboxhero

She learned an important lesson that day. Hopefully.

Knew a trust fund girl whose dad gave her the money to start a company. She lost it when she went on vacation for 6 months and forgot she was supposed to pay her employees all the time. She assumed they would not get paid for 6 months and be there when she got back. I quizzed her on this for a few minutes and it was clear she had no idea what a job was.Pencilowner

Poor girl.

Girl I went to high school with got a Mercedes for her 16th birthday. Moaned about the fact that she didn't get a Lexus, because her name was Lexi and she thought it would be "sooooo cool!" for Lexi to drive a Lexus with a custom license plate saying "Lexi." Her parents did cave and buy her a Lexus for her 17th birthday.emmaballoo

I've gotta make some new friends.

A Saudi guy in the UK got in a crash, with light damage to one side of brand new Mercedes. He called for one of his assistants to come get him, even though the car was fully driveable. My friend rolled up on-call with his tow truck and asked the guy where he wanted the Merc towed. The guy gave him the keys and said: "Keep it; I don't want it."Aiku

At least she didn't crash it!

Girl got a 2-year-old Range Rover for her 17th birthday. Now she's 20 and still doesn’t have her license. It sits unused in their 4-car garage.foxaer

Sounds nice.

I use to have a friend who would constantly say "I love when my dad gives me money." and "If I ask for a certain amount of money my parents always give me $50 extra." This girl then bought an apartment boasting about it on Facebook and how proud she was of herself how at 23 she was able to afford a home at such a young age all on her own. Still makes me want to face plant into a pile of jagged rocks.Stephy

Literal first world problems.

Good friend of mine: “My dad bought me a house and now I can’t buy a house of my own." (Stamp duties here are insane to prevent rich people from driving up property prices.) Although I have to say that I really respect my friend very much for his desire to actually step out of his dad’s shadow.lost-kitty

This one is just nuts.

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 it's 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."PazzaCiccio

At least she learned her lesson. Just kidding.

Dad bought his college-aged daughter a house in a VERY nice neighborhood so that she and her friends could live rent-free while they attended university. He remodeled the entire house. In all, he probably spent close to $2 million. Two weeks after moving in, they left a candle burning while they went to the store to get snacks for a football game. Came home and the house was on fire. A month later, it was good as new for them to move back in.party_atthemoontower


I knew someone who goes out of the country just to have a haircut.FriendFryFrench

Work with what you have.

Not exactly "rich kid syndrome," but there was this family that had two children who attended the elementary school that was connected to my middle school. Every day, the two parents would leave the house and drive separately to pick up their two kids before returning home. They each drove a Lamborghini, one black and one orange, back-to-back in the pickup line to get their kids from elementary school. At first, I thought they were just being showy, but then I realized that they were two-seaters, so this was really the only way to do it.RhapsodicRaven

Pretty good deal!

My personal favorite was in college. Kid down the hall from me bought a brand-new Fender Stratocaster and played with it for a day and got bored and sold it to me case and all for $20. I still have it and play it 15 years later. It's a great guitar.maklershed

Bless his heart.

Had a kid that lived across the hall from me my freshman year of college from Honduras. During one of the ice breakers after freshman move-in, he leaned to me to ask if I knew when the maids came to make his bed/clean. I guess his family was very well-off in his home country and the entire semester was an eye opener for him in actually taking care of himself.ACrossEyedSnipr

Ya hate to see that.

I had a scholarship to a private school for my secondary education (11-18). We were by no means poor but compared to the people who were paying full school fees, I was a peasant. The vast majority of the students were wealthy, and about half of them were spoilt little brats. Most of the kids got given cars for their 17th birthday in anticipation of passing their driving tests. One boy in particular in my year had a September birthday, so was one of the first to take his test. He had a huge house/garden, so he already knew how to drive (you can drive on private land at any age here). On the day he passed his test, he got dropped off back at his school in his shiny new sports car (I don't know what type it was, but everyone else seemed impressed.) He picked up a couple of friends to go for a spin, and before he got ~100m up the road, he completely wrecked the car. His dad bought him a new one the next day and he complained that it was the wrong color.tragicworldrecord

I guess she was technically correct.

I was in a theology class where we were talking about compromises. Teacher: What are some compromises your parents have made? Very rich girl: My mom wanted to go to Hawaii and my dad wanted to go to Mexico so we went to the Bahamas instead.PracticalSpinach

This just sounds annoying.

There was this rich kid in our class who was literally disgusted by us buying used stuff (like computer parts) on eBay. Once during conversation, I said I bought on eBay a memory module for my PC and he said to me that I should have a little dignity and that if I buy used stuff, I should keep it to myself.Nathaniel66

I would have loved to see this in person.

Kids trying to straight up bribe bouncers and even police officers. This is less surprising when you realize they were international students from rich families where bribes are common/expected. Thankfully, they'd learn really quick to not do that.squats_and_sugars

This is a long read, but totally worth it.

I live in a town that sits on the shore of a really big lake. My friends and I decided a few years ago to buy a boat we could take out onto the open water. None of us are "poor" but none of us have a bunch of extra money on the side so we did it as cheap as we could. We bought a decent boat that was over 30 years old and spent two years rebuilding the engine, refinishing some of the interior, and generally getting the thing ship shape. We were super proud of the fact that we managed to get a fully functional and reliable boat together for a little under 5 grand. We were out on the boat on a beautiful Saturday, drinking beers and cruising the beaches for girls that might want a ride on our new boat. We pulled up to a beach and anchored and eventually a few girls waded out to us to see if they could have a couple beers. One thing led to another and they were climbing aboard to head out for a spin. This is when I notice one of the girls was not really excited to be on the boat. We got to the middle of the lake and started swimming off the boat, having a good time, except for that one girl. My friend asked her what was wrong. She replied, "I don't even feel safe on this piece of crap!, that's my grandmother's island over there, drop me off NOW!" We were hurt that we had put so much effort into the boat and she dismissed it as a piece of garbage, but whatever. It is kind of a beater. We dropped her off on the island. The dock had over 5 million dollars in boats parked at it. The girl sucked but grandma was awesome, she brought us all ashore for beers and food and berated her granddaughter for being such a snob. Little old lady (80+) lives out there alone all summer. We go back to the island all the time to help granny with the yard work and such (in exchange for hanging out on a private island) but I haven't talked to the granddaughter since.Optimized_Orangutan

She sounds like a real peach.

There are a lot of rich kids in my particular business program in university. I met this one girl a few months ago at a social. We were chatting a bit about our program and she proudly told me about how she threatens to sue the school whenever things don’t go her way. She also said something to the effect of: “They have to take the threat seriously because they know I actually have the means to follow through haha."schneidrew

Are they looking for more friends?

I had two friends in college who were from the UAE. They were brothers, and their parents were sending them to school in the US. They were actually pretty cool and down-to-earth...if not a good bit weird. They knew I didn't have a ton of money and couldn't afford to do the cool stuff they did, so they covered me all the time. Crazy stuff, like renting a private plane to go to a concert, black cars with drivers, expensive dinners in exclusive clubs.bad-pickle


My girlfriend's family is wealthy, she’s working her way to it. But, she was waiting to get a chance for a promotion and the words “I cannot believe anyone would make somebody work for almost a year to get a promotion" came out of her mouth. And I laughed.steve-the-sloth

Ooh, that's rough.

My brother and I grew up working class, but when my mom remarried we were all of a sudden in the 1%. One day when we were in high school, my brother’s girlfriend came over to our place in tears. It turns out the family’s Mercedes was in the shop and she had to use the Audi.Skeptickler

This is hilarious.

Ex-girlfriend's friend said to me, "Can you believe there are people who have never been on a private jet??" "Uhh, yeah, I'm one of them..."SpiritualAmbassador

Talk about a spoiled brat.

A 14-year-old in full volume cursing meltdown ("WHERE THE F IS HE!!???") because the pilot of the private helicopter that had brought him there had gone off to get a cup of coffee. The kid was done skiing for the day and found it totally unacceptable that he had to wait 10 minutes before he got flown home.picksandchooses


When I was in college, a friend that was heavy into the frat life told me about a freshman that got kicked out for having a servant flown to town to do the hazing chores he was supposed to do.tuscabam

I think I'm on dad's side on this one.

Girl at work told me she hated her Dad. I asked why. She said he kept asking for money since she used his credit card for a Euro trip and left him an 80-grand bill from last year.meta_uprising


I went to college with a guy who totaled five Mustangs in a year. I don't think he was sober enough to remember any of them.MMMLG

At least he was trying to be nice!

First day as a librarian in a private school. Help a 7-year-old with the printer. He offers to tip me.humanextintion