24 Ridiculously Enormous Displays of Wealth


9. Should have kept it

I met the CEO of the company I work for and I complimented his watch. The first thing he did is take it off a day let me wear it. Come to find out after doing a little research, the watch he was wearing is a Patek Philippe that cost 1.75 million. That watch alone cost more than every asset in my family for the past 4 generations.

10. Record sales day

I work in a shoe store. I once had a customer walk in and say ‘give me one pair of every men’s shoe in a size 10.’ He didn’t want to try them on or look at them, he just needed some shoes for each of his houses.

I work on commission so it was a huge sale for me. But wow, man. That was about 140 pairs of shoes.

11. No sense whatsoever

I work for a luxury home builder. Very big, very expensive houses. We are building a home for this guy & he calls freaking out at me because AT&T would only provide him with 9 DVRs when he needs 11. They would provide him with more, but he would need to open a second account to do so. I don’t know why, I guess they had some kind of weird limit at the time. I’m the CTO of the homebuilder, so he expected me to get AT&T to change this policy so he could have a TV with DVR in every bathroom as well as the normal TV-viewing rooms. I obviously couldn’t do this, so he cancelled his contract with us thru his lawyer & never spoke to us again. His deposit was non-refundable, in fact we had already spent most of the money on the initial part of the build. So he walked away from over $100,000 we wouldn’t give him back without ever saying a word to us. It was no biggie to him I guess. It also made NO SENSE.

12. That’s a lot of bars

A party at the CEO’s house for Halloween. Insanity. I thought I was going to get kicked out of the neighborhood because I was only driving a 30k car, not a 300k car. Anything you can think of, he had at this party – staff with signature cocktails at the door, a fully staffed bar for liquor, a fully staffed bar for wine, an entire table made of ice with ice shot glasses and ten different vodkas. He was wearing a costume made of leather that his wife commissioned for him, handmade in France. The 400 yard bridge to his private lake was strung up with extra lights, and the dock had a separate bar for those who wanted to sit on the lake.

13. Star treatment

I went to a birthday party in 3rd grade. Every girl in the 3rd grade was invited. So 80 girls were picked up in limos, taken to build a bear where we could choose any bear, then we all got manicures and pedicures, we went to Red Robin for dinner, and limoed back to her mansion for a sleepover.

I will never attend a party that fancy ever again.

14. I’m so stealing this idea for my own daughter

I live in oil country and my daughter had quite the experience going to a birthday party in kindergarten. The little girl’s family had rented a dance studio, had bathrobes made for each little girl with their names embroidered on it, sleep masks, slippers and a spa bag consisting of a bunch of nail polishes and bath bombs. Estheticians were hired to provide a spa experience for twenty-five little girls and the parents were given bottles of wine as ‘treat bags for mommies’ as we came to pick up our kids. My daughter’s party at the arcade with pizza looked ghetto in comparison, lol.

15. This is a missed opportunity to get other stuff, right?

Lived in the international dorms in college. First week of school move in happens and you get to meet a bunch of people. One of the people I met was this girl from Singapore. She’s pretty cool and whatnot, but after a few weeks she realizes that to get around she needs a car, as public transport BLOWS. So, naturally, she calls her parents to tell them that she needs a car. No biggie.

She tells them that she needs a Mercedes S class. hmm, okay. Nice. But remember, she’s from Singapore. If you know anything about Singapore it’s that cars cost anywhere from 6-9x what they do in the US. Casually, her parents wire her enough money to get an S class….. in Singapore.

Girl gets $650,000 wired to her account, not knowing that it cost 6x less here. She goes to the dealership then comes back in an hour with no car. I asked her what happened, and she says ‘oh, it’s getting delivered.’ Sure enough, 2 days later a brand new car shows up, except it’s no S class. It’s a Lamborghini Murcielago. Touche, well played.

I later find out she doesn’t know how to drive, so she hired a chauffeur to drive her around. She would sit in the passenger side of her own lambo and be driven places. What made it more hilarious was that the chauffeur would actually wear a black jacket and hat.

16. hmmmmmm

I was helping an owner rent his apartment, which is an investment property. It’s a 2,500 sq ft condo with 4 balconies and 360 degree views of midtown east in Manhattan asking for $15,000/month.

Rented it for 6 months upfront with option to renew to someone who has ties to oil families in the Middle East. The person never moved in.