In college, I was trying to work out how I was going to purchase a textbook that I needed for a class. I had come to the conclusion that I had to wait till the next week when my part time job paycheck came in and I’d try to survive in the class until then. My friend took notice of this and came to me the next day with a brand new text book that he bought with the credit card his parents gave him. Said he buys so much on the card that his parents wouldn’t question him about it even though he didn’t get it for himself. He was super spoiled, but also helped me out so I can’t sh*t on him.
The Macbook Girl Incident.
I was a student tech at our university, so I was usually helping with repairing student and the occasional professor’s laptop or desktop. However, during a big sale, it was required that we helped freshman and their parents with buying computers from the student store. Now, we had two options at this point for students who chose to buy our laptops with a student discount. We had Dell Latitudes and Insprions, and we had Macbooks. A girl and a father walked in and she darted right over to the Macbooks. She knew exactly which one she wanted. Her father told her that they didn’t have the cash for the laptop, and at my recommendation, we settled on a Dell Latitude Laptop. I thought it would be an easy sale.
Well, the father and I did. The daughter did not agree with our opinion. She threw a f*cking tantrum right in the middle of the store, initially with hushed reservations which escalated to her loudly calling her father out, telling him how much of a good girl she was, how much of a sh*tty father he was because he wouldn’t buy her things like her mother always did, and how he was RUINING HER LIFE, because she would be unpopular if she didn’t have a Macbook. The father then said he was stepping out for five minutes, at which point she began asking random customers to help defend her, all of them looked at her like she was crazy, one even told her that they’d buy the dell laptop from her for fifty bucks minus retail, others said they’d be happy to get any laptop for free, and she should be too, that their parents never helped them through college, etc. When the father came back, they continued fighting, and he left once again, telling her she was not getting the Macbook. She left a minute or so later.
Fifteen minutes later, she came to the register where I was at, and asked for a Macbook Pro. When I plopped down the box, her eyes widened. I took the card out of her hand, and examined it. It was obviously the Father’s card. I asked for ID, and did the usual policy for high end purchases. Because it was not her card, I declined the sale. She gave me every excuse in the book, oh he’s outside, dad gave me the card, blah blah blah. None of it stuck and I refused the sale, explaining the situation to the store manager, who had seen the entire thing and confirmed it. The father, confident where his daughter was, came storming in a few seconds later. He asked her what happened and I told him exactly what had happened, and she gave me extremely dirty look as I handed back the card. She had stolen the card from the backpack the father was carrying their stuff in. She turned quickly and begged for the dell laptop, but the father refused anything, saying he had a much better punishment. We all laughed and cringed. Others in the line chuckled.
I saw her two months later and she scowled at me, blaming me for not just swiping the damned card, because she had to use the lab computers for everything for an entire semester as punishment. I laughed, and walked back to my desk.
A friend of mine from high school. She 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 if they could have a child together and she told them no because she wanted to be an only child.
– She constantly whined 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.
– 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.
– 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.
– She hated doing her homework so her mom and step-dad did all of it, including writing her papers and doing her school projects.
– She had her own private bonus room with a flat screen, multiple gaming systems, a desktop, massage chairs, a pool table, etc. If her parents tried to go in it then she would scream at them.
If you’re a parent to a young kid, people glaring at you is something you’re probably familiar with. Whether it’s a public tantrum in the candy aisle at the supermarket, or the stares when your mini-me gets away with acting like a big boss, you just know what’s going on their minds: “what a spoiled brat.”
I was at a friends house who has two little girls, about 7 and 2 and it was around Christmas time. My friend also had a few other friends over who had brought Christmas presents for the two girls. The 7 year old opened one of the presents (mermaid/ocean puzzle and a book) and started crying because she didn’t like the gift. My friend, the mom, tried to console her but she continued having a tantrum. So the mom then asks the friend who brought the present if she wouldn’t mind getting her something different because the daughter didn’t like what she got. The friend looked pretty uncomfortable but agreed she would consider taking the presents back in exchange for something else. The mom said her daughter really wanted an American girl pony, much more expensive than the two presents the friend originally bought. Mom then proceeds to leave the house to go buy this pony for her daughter. Mind you, mom’s friends were from out of town visiting and she just randomly leaves to get her daughter this pony because she’s still throwing a tantrum. Mom comes back, and has the friend give her daughter the new toy.
I know a couple who couldn’t have children. They finally got approved for adoption when they were older and they finally got their first child in their mid to late 50s.
They were just so happy with finally having a child that they spoiled him rotten. Anything he wanted, they gave him. He grew up demanding things and throwing tantrums. They let him eat what he wanted so he ballooned in size. Eventually he dropped out of school because he didn’t want to go and his parents were fine with this until the state told them they weren’t allowed to do this, so they got his butt back into school, which he failed miserably in because he didn’t give a sh*t.
He was eating away at all of their savings. He would randomly pick up new hobbies and needed top-of-the-line things for those hobbies, which he gave up on after a few months. His parents received an inheritance, and he blew through that entire amount within a few months, spending on stupid sh*t.
Eventually, his mother passed away, and his elderly dad, who is in his 70s, is having to work two full jobs while his son, now in his 20s, does nothing all day except drive around in his vehicle, live streaming himself talking while driving. He’s already had two accidents from filming himself while driving.
His extended family tried to have a family meeting with the dad, telling him that he’s got to put his foot down because his son is going to kill someone, and when the dad finally had a talk with the son, the son attacked him, knocking him down a flight of steps.
He didn’t want to press charges. After he got well again, he went back to working his two jobs, and became an alcoholic during his non-work hours, letting his son run all over him because he is terrified of telling him “No”.
The worst part… the dad has spent his entire retirement fund on this “kid”. He is going to have to work until he dies because he has a parasitic son who refuses to do anything except spend spend spend.
Guy I went to school with. He was a rich brat who got whatever he wanted, immediately and without question. He came to school with designer clothes, bag, watches, etc. and bought thv latest and most expensive phones as soon as they released.
For his 16th birthday, his parents bought him a brand new MG roadster. Dude never took any driving lessons but took it out in the roads anyway. Within a week, he wrapped it around a lamppost. He somehow walked away with minor injuries but the car was a total loss, it wasn’t even recognisable as a vehicle. How did his parents react to their child driving illegally and completely destroying what was at the time a seriously expensive car?
They bought him another one.
You may argue that every kid has their off days. And it’s true even with adults; on some days we are better versions of ourselves than others. But it’s all part of being human. However, what separates spoiled kids from kids who are acting weird on a given day is that the former ones “are stuck in ‘me’ mode,” suggests Michele Borba, an educational psychologist. If that mode when the world has to revolve around them is their daily MO, you’re raising a spoiled kid, bottom line.
Have a billionaire customer with 4 kids, all of them pretty spoiled but the youngest once said to me spitefully “we’re going on tiger next week and you’re not allowed to come.”
(Tiger is the name of their yacht in southern italy)
It’s not just that he’s spoiled that gets to me, it’s the fact he knows it and rubs it in.
My friend’s ten-year-old son is a brat, and always getting sent to his room for one thing or another. The other day, I peeked in to the kid’s room. Laptop, desktop, TV, and three game systems. Oh my god, what a horrible punishment. Amnesty International is going to write letters about this.
I was talking about the water crisis with my students and we were discussing what the response would be if our local area had an impending Day 0. One of my students shrugged and said, “well, I would just go to our house in Spain.”
I reminded her that this wasn’t an option for the majority of the population and her response was, “well, it’s not my fault if they can’t afford it. Get a job.”
It was the very beginning of the school year and the majority of my students in that class were from low-income familes who had never been overseas let alone had a holiday house in Europe. She sat by herself for the rest of the year and I don’t believe it was by choice.
On the other hand, the word spoiled itself may be flawed when referring to ill-behaved kids who think and act like they’re superior to others. It may wrongly suggest that the kid is “ruined” and that there’s nothing that can be done about it. But this is not true. So to find out what exact steps parents could take in unspoiling their child, we reached out to Lynn How. Lynn is the author of “Positive Young Mind” and a life coach who specializes in supporting educators, parents, and children with improving and prevention of mental health issues.
An old friend of mine and his family are loaded. They constantly get the newest car, massive house, multiple out of country vacations a year first class, and he’ll get the most expensive tickets possible for concerts and mommy and daddy would never say no.
When the iPhones/ and iPod touches were blowing up, he asked for a very specific color and GB for the iPod touch. It was near Christmas time and they were sold out EVERYWHERE. His mom was so disappointed that she paid a lady at the mall DOUBLE the price of the newest iPhone max GB while she was walking out and so he could get something similar since she couldn’t find what he really wanted for Christmas.
Fast forward to Christmas Day, he opened the box and was so pissed it wasn’t what he wanted that he threw it so hard onto the floor saying that it wasn’t what he asked for. It was DESTROYED. Then he called her a b**** and left to his room without opening the rest of his presents.
She then had a breakdown and went to the mall again to ask for what he wanted for the next few weeks until yet again, someone had just bought one and she paid double to gift it for him again.
That was the last time we ever spoke and from what I hear, he has no job, still lives with mom and dad, no high school diploma, upgrades his Mercedes every year, and decided that he’s going to be a rapper or nothing at all.
I used to baby sit these kids. The one girl didn’t feel like doing her homework, so I told her we only have a couple problems left and I had been helping her, so it was gonna go by quickly, and we could play games as soon as she was done.
In response, she told me she wished I was dead (this girl was 6 years old), threw a bunch of crackers on the floor, kicked her dog in the nuts, and said she was going to blame it all on me and get me fired. Of course, her parents didn’t believe I threw food on the floor and assaulted their dog, but there was absolutely no repercussions for what she did. They just turned their heads, put their hands on their hips and were like, “what did we say about lying?” And that was it.
My 11yo cousin didn’t feel like cutting her food, so her dad cut it for her. Later, she didn’t want to read her school assignment, so her father read it to her.
According to the life coach, after realizing the problem, a parent should be proactive in wanting to change it. Leaving it as it is will not only not help the situation, it may also worsen it. “Be committed to make a change,” Lynn said, referring to the very first step. She added: “Get used to saying no and letting them have the tantrum, then saying no again.” It turns out, our words have so much more power than we believe if we really stick to what we say.
Ex-friend of mine was given a puppy at his 7th birthday party. He threw a tantrum because he didn’t like the breed.
Thankfully, the puppy was given to his aunt and the little sh*t was told he would never have a pet. Cue epic tantrum saying he changed his mind. Nope. Didn’t work.
in person? Ben Roethlisberger. The biggest spoiled little kid I’ve ever met was ~25 years old and actually said, verbatim, “Do you know who I am?” when a bouncer wouldn’t let him and his entourage cut in front of a line of 50+ people to get into a night club. It was both hilarious and nauseating. After Ben stormed off (with the obligatory “I’ll talk to your boss” threats), people were tipping the doorman for the entertainment.
Kid at my high school.
When he was 14 he had a learners permit but his parents got him a Mercedes-Benz G-Class. Every day he drove it to school and he was determined to park it in the parking lot to show it off. So he had his housekeeper drive to school with him and her son drove a car behind her to take her back home (which was only about 2 miles away from our school).
Lynn continued with her tips: “Follow through on behavior sanctions and ensure sanctions are consistent as well as the right size—don’t say, for example, ‘if you do that again we are going home’ when you have no intention of actually going home!”
Most importantly, the life coach reminds parents that changes don’t happen overnight and you gotta just stick to it and keep at it. Getting friends and family on board may also work wonders. “For example, make sure your partner doesn’t give in when you have said ‘no,’ make sure you are on the same page,” Lynn explained.
My husband and I moved to a new city and spent a lot of time with his gal pal from high school. She had a toddler son who was absolutely atrocious and without mental disability. She threatened him with punishment all of the time for his behavior but never followed through. We would often meet her for dinner where he would throw a tantrum, and she’d say, “If you keep acting like that, we’re leaving.” He kept acting up but she never left with him.
She had him with a live-in partner who is Cuban and grew up with a “Cuban boys should be treated like gods” mentality. One time we saw her get upset with the kid for throwing a toy at her head, only to see the kid’s dad yell at her, “No! You shouldn’t have given him that toy! Now YOU apologize to HIM!” The kid was in a stroller until he was 5 because he couldn’t be trusted not to run off into traffic when they were out in public.
The last time we hung out with them, we went mini-golfing. Each time one of us hit our ball, he would snatch it and throw it across the course. I wisened up to this and immediately went to pick up my ball for safekeeping after I hit it. As I was picking it up, he tried to grab it out of my hand and fell over lightly. He laid on the ground, pounding his fists and crying. His parents looked at me like I was the a*shole. We ended up limiting our time with them as a result of the kid’s bad behavior.
Not a kid, he’s in his late 20’s, but he “works” for his rich dad’s company, but takes a week long “business” trip at least once a month and posts Facebook statuses b*tching about the most minor inconveniences on his vacations. For example he posted a paragraph berating the “stupid idiot” waitress who didn’t cut the limes small enough to fit into his Corona bottle, and how he didn’t tip her because she “didn’t deserve it”.
Spoiled child syndrome that bled into adulthood. I work at a collection agency, and this guy racked up a 200k debt. Thing is, anything of that size we had to go over financials.
Dude got 60k a month from his father. A month. He got more in a month than I do in a year. But, still followed procedures. He claimed huge amounts for expenses. Didn’t add up to the 60k though, only 20k a month. Dude could pay off his debt in half a year. He then informs me he can’t afford the 40k monthly payment, as he is renovating his house. And spending all of that 40k each month on said renovations.
Thing is, he was technically employed by his father, and that was a garnishment source. So when he basically threw a tantrum and hung up. I just hit send on a wage garnishment, which his father would likely see.
Teaching your child to be responsible from an early age is also crucial. One such way to go about it is simply providing them pocket money instead of buying them things so they have a better understanding of the value of money, Lynn said.
I worked at Toys R Us so I had to listen to some pretty ridiculous sh*t. What stuck with me though was a boy, who was about 9, tell his mother they better leave with the nerf gun or else she know what he’ll do when they get home. The look on his face was akin to that of a person who purposefully belittles their spouse in public.
Some douchenugget who once told me he was going to feel like he was living in poverty if he made anything less than a million a year. The kid lived in Idaho, wasn’t even 20 yet and had never worked a day in his life.
I work at a summer camp and we had a 12 year old come in after his birthday. He got a brand new Iphone that had just come out, His mom was a nurse and was always stressed to all hell when she came out. The mom came in to tell the kid she got him a case for his new phone, he asked what kind it was, and the mom said it was an all black otterbox. The kid then berated his single mom, that works day and night shifts, with a mentally disabled 6 year old, who had also just bought him a $600+ phone, for buying an “ugly and old woman case”. For a solid five minutes, I have never looked at someone with such disrespect, I wish I could’ve done something for the mom.
I hope she’s doing okay, she had a lot on her plate and she deserves a good life.
In the end, any parent wants their child to grow up into an independent, responsible adult. That can’t be done if you continually spoil them by showering them with whatever they want, and by letting them get away with anything. “Develop resilience by letting them figure out their own issues (up to a point!)—if they have an issue in a playground, for example, observe from afar to see if they can sort it out themselves before bowling in,” Lynn concluded.
I started working part-time when I was 12 to save for a car. By 16 I had $7k saved up. I bought myself a used Pontiac G5 Coupe that I was very proud of. At the same time, a popular girl in school turned 16 and her dad bought her a brand new Mustang GT. She ended up crashing it in winter that year…
Going to high school with the son of the owner of a large TV company. He thought he should be allowed to sit alone in the classroom surrounded by unfilled desks. I had the “privilege” of sitting in front of him and was constantly harassed with attacks from his ruler and pens if he thought I was even remotely leaning back.
My cousins. On my sisters 7th birthday my cousin called her to say happy birthday. My sister began telling her about the awesome party she was having later that day. My cousin was upset she couldn’t go, so my Aunt put her on a plane that day and arranged for a driver to take her to our house (Uber was not a thing). They are upper middle class but by no means rich enough to be doing that kind of stuff.
My mom used to run an in-home daycare. One kid named Jackson did lots of horrible things for attention, but here are the 3 worst. (He was like, 5 or 6)
1: Break a TV by throwing his backpack at it. 2: Bit his little sister hard enough to break the skin (she was like 2 or 3) 3: a year after we stopped babysitting him, we heard from his mother that he had stabbed his father with a pocket knife and they had to go to the ER.
Some kid (like 11 years old) that got an iPhone 8 for Christmas and she was like “I was expecting the iPhone X
My little brother. He has a PS4/Xbone, gaming PC with two monitors, laptop, smartphone, TV, Netflix subscription. He gets every game he points at. He’s 11 years old…
In high school, girl turned 16, parents gave her a new bmw with the understanding that the live-in maid would use it once, maybe twice, a week to get groceries/run errands. Unacceptable! A week after her epic tantrum she had a brand new Land Rover.
In college, there was a serious party girl (drugs/alcohol),she goes out one night with her car (think it was a Land Rover). Can’t find it after a night at the bar. Tells her parents it was stolen, G-Wagon replacement. Turns out her car wasn’t stolen it was parked in a lot across from the bar, not the one adjacent to the bar. Oh well, she had two cars at school for the next two years…
I lived in Russia and worked for a very wealthy family. The four year old had very clearly never been told “no.” The first time I did, he threw a full scale tantrum for four and a half hours. He was a monster (though not to me once he understood I had all the time in the world for tantrums, and definitely wasn’t going to give in to one).
A kid I was a nanny for in the US: she threw the biggest fit over the fact, that her parents gave a backpack to charity. She got a new one just a month ago. She had a friend who got everything she wanted. No matter what price.
I was so appalled. I usually work with kids who have so little and who don’t act like that.
But they were just spoiled brats tbh.
a girl in my grade broke or lost her phone six times in the past year and her parents replaced every single one. the last time she broke it (like two months ago), she complained because she got an iphone 6s instead of the new one.
Family friends daughter (14,F)
-Breaks iphone screen every week (not exaggerating), parents get it fixed every week. Once, her phone crashed and she WILLINGLY slammed the iPhone on the table also cracking the back. Refuses to put a case or glass screen protector on it. Throws tantrum when her parents won’t fix it for her.
-Claims she will get a BMW as her first car and will not settle for anything less.
-Gets Gucci for her birthday/christmas
-Refuses to be picked up in any other vehicle other than the Mercedes her parents own. If someone else is getting her, they park around the block.
Some Native American kid from one of the rich tribes crying at one of the tables at the Indian Casino I work at. I’m also Native btw. He couldn’t understand why his tribe would cut back their earnings checks from $50,000 to $30,000 because they were engaged in some huge public works project, and how he could live on that little. I was talking to him about cutting unnecessary spending and that living on 30k a year will be pretty easy. Although, he didn’t mean a year – they were getting $30,000 usd a month and he was worried about “getting by.” By comparison, my tribes individual checks totaled $2,000 for the year
When I used to roleplay on Gaia Online (god that’s a really old sentence), there was a guildmate of ours who tried to bribe the admins to ban my account, since our friends tended to prefer roleplay with myself over him. When that didn’t work, he tried to DDOS my computer from his private jet.
I don’t know what happened to him.
I knew a 17 year old who’s parents gave him a bmw and he had a maid. Okay not too weird I’ve met a lot of doctors’ and franchise owners’ kids with that stuff what really got me though was when this kid said how he traveled to his dad’s factory in another country. To get there he usually is flown in a helicopter and then driven around in a limo.
This kid also had zero understanding of how to live without someone tending to his every need so he was a terrible roommate, we were in college by the way. He didn’t clean up anything (I watched him one and he really didn’t know how to work broom) and demanded (by banging on their door) his roommates cook for him.
After reading all that I’m now pretty sure I might have been friends with a real rich kids of instagram kid.
My boss’s kids I used to babysit. They were the definition of spoiled, privileged, and sheltered children. Family had their own private plane, took multiple ski trips throughout the year, went to an expensive private school, etc.
One time when I was driving them home from school, the little brother asked the older brother to share his snack. The older brother gave him about 1/4 of his granola bar. The little brother rolls his eyes and goes, “That’s it? Give me some more.” The older brother refused and it became bickering between the two of them. I figured this was normal sibling bickering until the little brother rolls down the window and throws the granola bar out onto the streets. I was so shocked to see him waste perfectly good food and asked him why he did that. He said, “Because if I’m not going to have the whole bar, I don’t want any.” Now, I know it wasn’t my place as a babysitter to give them a lecture about morals but I couldn’t help but to scold him for wasting food that someone could’ve needed. I told him there are people starving and would’ve loved to eat that granola bar and we shouldn’t take food for granted. He just shrugged and said, “not my problem.”
So glad I don’t have to deal with their attitude anymore.
A kid kicked me in the leg while having a tantrum at the doctors. His mum looked at me and said hes just expressing his frustration and then proceeded to give him a bag of sweets because….well I’m not sure why. Was mega pissed!
This dude Matt I knew, like 30 years old, who was addicted to heroin, lived at home, his parents DROVE HIM TO THE CITY AND GAVE HIM MONEY to buy drugs every morning so he could WORK A PAID JOB delivering pizzas WITH HIS DAD’S BMW at the family pizza shop without being sick. And the motherf*cker still had the nerve to b*tch about what an a*shole his dad was.
I watched him literally CRY on the phone with his dad begging for money, and as soon as he hung up, he talked sh*t because the dad said he had to wait for a slow period at the shop before delivering the drug money to the son.
Meanwhile we were all struggling to keep apartments, pay bills, keep jobs, taking the bus everywhere, etc. (while also having drug addictions, obviously). I just couldn’t believe the balls of this dude to b*tch about how good he had it.
Yeah, he obviously ended up in jail (not sure if he’s out yet or not.) He did sell me a decent TV (from his family living room) for $20 once though. Still have it.
A guy (in his mid 20s) that worked for me was mad that his father bought him one jet ski. On Christmas he said to his father, “What am I going to do with one?”
His father bought him a second one so his friends could go too.
3 year old refused to eat rigatoni and made her grandpa cook penne instead. Parents let it happen. I went to the bar.
From the age of four I grew up with a girl whose Mum and Dad bought her everything she asked for. I mean literally, she could walk into any toy store and say she wanted lots of things and she would get them. Even now she’s in her twenties, her parents paid for her car, tax, insurance, all her bills etc. She can’t (read: won’t) hold down a full time job because she finds working more than 16 hours a week too stressful. She lives with her boyfriends mum and dad (rent free), and has all high tech stuff. She actually had the audacity to call me a slob for asking if I could watch something on her Netflix (paid for by, you guessed it, bank of mum and dad). I wasn’t asking for the password or anything, I was at the house she lives in and wanted to watch the last episode of big mouth on her MacBook (you know where this is going).
When I was a teenager my mom ran an in home daycare. There were these two sisters, about 3 and 5, that were spoiled rotten (literally). They weren’t necessarily wealthy, but they were definitely never told no.
We had lunches set up two ways, the parents could pay a little less and send lunch with their kids every day, or pay a little more and we would provide lunch for them. These two girls would bring their “lunch” which their mother let them pick out and usually consisted of mostly fruit snacks, super sugary juice, and other non nutritional foods. They simply refused to eat anything else.
Of course this meant they were always in a bad mood because sugar can only get you so far, and if another kid had a snack they wanted, the girls would gang up on the kid and try to take it. They had to be closely monitored during lunch and snack time. They ate so much sugar that their front teeth were nothing but little brown nubs….
me. I was 8 and no joke threw a long temper tantrum on a flight from CT to Hawaii because my mom surprised (!) us very last minute (like booked it the day before) with a trip to Hawaii which meant I wouldn’t see my pony (!) for 3 weeks. I was a terror.
Knew a kid- parents bought them a BMW for their 16th bday. At our school we had limited parking so Seniors had first dibs, then juniors & then, if any was left over, the sophomores who drove would get a spot. There was also off campus parking (i.e.: side streets). Well this kids parents were pissed because the kid didn’t get a parking spot. So they bought their kid a Honda to drive just to school because they were having to park on side streets. THEN, they went a step further and rented a strip of grassy land from the neighbors next to the school so their kid could park there.
Hosted and gave a lecture to a cooking group (+ kids) and as a thank you for this free event the organizers gave me some cupcakes they had baked during the workshop. One of the kids started screaming at me that she wanted the cupcakes and almost pulled the plate from my hands. The mother very softly said that those were meant for me and the kid shouted while stamping her foot “but I want them, she (meaning me) doesn’t want them”. The mother just looked ashamed and did not say anything further while the kid ran off angry.
It’s not about the worth of the cupcakes, more about the sheer confidence in the kids eyes that I would hand the thank you gift I had just gotten over to her, just because she wanted them.
My bf’s cousin is extremely spoiled in my opinion, one time she was about to go to a cinema with her friends and found out that her parents were about to go there too.. I guess she didn’t wanna be embarrassed or something, so she told them to go to another cinema (the only other ones are 30+ km away) and they actually did that…. Left me speechless
Kid at my school “Ughh my parents suck, they never get me anything”
(Went to Malibu over winter break, and got a MacBook and an iPhone XR for Christmas)
After sixth grade I went to the same sleepaway summer camp as my friend. I loved camp; he hated it. He had a total meltdown the first night, crying and begging to be allowed to call his parents. I made new friends while he sullenly kept to himself…We began to drift apart.
His parents used to clip comics from the newspaper and send them to him. He would read them and then put them in the recycle bin. One day another kid took one of the thrown-away strips out from the bin and started reading it. My friend started screaming. He ran up and punched the kid, then knocked the strip out of his hands. “Don’t read that – IT’S MINE!”
Maybe this isn’t “spoiled” as much as “pathologically selfish” but it really burned into my memory.
We were not friends after that summer.
I knew a dude who got a PS4 with two controllers and four games + a XBox One with two controllers and four games + a new 4K TV + other things for Christmas from his parents and still complained it wasn’t enough. He was 15, already had a 2000€ PC, the richest motherf*cker I met.
31 year old Arab child screaming at his Dad because his Dad wouldn’t give him the money to open another restaurant (the first one was failing) and also wouldn’t allow him to buy another car. (At that point he had about 7, including a Ferrari, Maserati and a vintage GT500)
He ended up getting the money for the second and third restaurant, the third one is opening now but don’t know how it’s doing, the first two are sh*t)
My ex had this friend whose parents were loaded.
He lived in an upscale apartment downtown with just him and his girlfriend. Didn’t have a job. Dad paid for everything.
All he ever did was go to music festivals (even ones out of the country) and throw parties. Didn’t know the meaning of a dollar. Always threw hissy fits if something didn’t go his way.
Not really a kid, but when I was at Uni there were a couple of very well off girls (had everything paid for them, could do whatever they wanted and left with zero debt) and they once spent an entire evening complaining how unfair it was when the others got more loan/grant than they did.
Because it’s definitely nothing to do with how much your family earns or anything…
A dude on my study abroad program had a $5,000 grant + free housing to do research in Europe for 2 months at 19 years old. 2 weeks into the program he got the stomach flu and his step mom flew across the ocean to feed him soup for a weekend and then they both flew back to the USA a few days later.
The toddler in McDonalds one morning. Instead of asking for another bite or another sip, he would simply scream this high-pitched screech of anger that faded into pathetic whining. And his useless piece of sh*t parents would hop to it ever time and reward that godawful behavior. It was like he was a king and they were hired servants or something. They seemed terrified of him.
People were literally getting up and leaving because that screeching every 20 seconds was so painful on the ears.
I was a camp counselor for a while… had a granddaughter of the man who owns Torké coffee one week. I dont know how materially spoiled she was, but I was baffled that the kid could not understand that having a rich grandpa does not entitle her to get to use the only working teatherball, alone, because she demanded it. I had to have a ten minute conversation with her during playground time about how, at camp, everyone are equals. Thankfully she was fine the rest of the week!
My older sister at some point in her life. She threw a fit when my dad bought her a pink IPod shuffle instead of an IPod Nano. She made my dad return it and threw a tantrum. She eventually got a pink IPod Nano. I know this because a year later she stopped using it completely and I inherited when she decided to throw it away. I still have it.
Bear in mind. My parents came from extremely poor backgrounds and we were what you’d consider working class at that time.
There was a kid in my brothers grade whose parents bought him a brand new dodge Cummins jacked up and all that stuff. He blew the engine of his truck within a week. So his dad bought him a brand new ford f250 to replace it and paid to have the dodge fixed. So this kid got over $100,000 worth of trucks within a few weeks.
I tutored a kid in college who’s dad was a surgeon. His dad was a surgeon and had a driving range built in his backyard that teed up on the deck and shot down a large hill onto a green about 200 feet away. It was absolutely incredible.
His 15 year old son was angry because it wasn’t built well enough.
Went to Dubai to visit my mums best friend. They were the typical Arabs there, Villa, super car, some cool other toys. I commented once while in his room saying “you’re rich”. He looked at me baffled and replied “no? We only have 4 maids. My friend has 12”
Another child once threw a tantrum at a birthday party because they wanted a birthday present too (it was not their birthday, or their party). She got her way, her parents took her shopping after the party and she got a Gameboy.
my roommate in college was extremely manipulative, and she would even say things like “I know that i’m lying but it’s like, i’ve convinced myself it’s true so i believe myself.” she once cried so hard and manipulated her dad into taking out yet another loan so that she could have her range rover.
One student at university drove a new Jaguar and lived off-campus in an elegant house with a housekeeper/cook provided by his parents.
It was as if he were “granting an audience” to faculty and staff by his presence.
Recently saw a boy (8-10 years old) throwing a hissy fit as his family was checking into the Four Seasons. “I hate this hotel chain. The bath products are terrible. The conditioner always makes my hair crispy!!”
A younger cousin was upset when I moved because he was worried that I moved into a mansion larger than his. He lives in a suburb and I live in the city
A kid I was in the Boy Scouts with. It was our week at summer camp right after the N64 came out, on Monday he was like “yeah, I’ve already got one N64, but I want a second one too, watch this, I’ll have it by the end of the week” the kid then proceeded to work on his mom all week long (she was there because she was a scoutmaster) and sure as sh*t, by Friday she had agreed to buy him another N64.
Had a boss ages ago. Great guy. He had two kids: one was a pretty normal guy and then a very, very “everything is about me” daddy’s girl for a daughter. One day, she runs through our office, tears streaming down her face, straight out “looks like someone died” levels of trauma. She slams the door to his overhead office, loud enough that everyone in the store can hear, and then theres a ton of tearful screaming (“WWAHHHHHTBTHBTHA THASKJHT THBTHTBTHBTHBT’) as her father just keeps repeating over and over “Whats wrong? What happened?”
Ten minutes later, she blurts out I RAN OVER MY IPOD MINI. She must’ve dropped it in the parking lot at the gym and backed over it somehow? Who knows.
Couldn’t stand her at all, apple fell very far from the tree on that one.
I teach karate and every once in a while there are super spoiled kids that come. One girl is spoiled because her mom is the greatest example of a Karen that I have ever seen.
One night during our normal class time (40 minutes long from warm-up to bowing out, mind you), she asked to get a drink because she was thirsty. She wasn’t coughing, sick, exhausted, or anything that would indicate she needed a drink right that second. It’s also a well-known rule that once they’re on the mats, they can’t leave unless its an emergency. She asked my coworker and he said no because the class was going to end in 10 minutes anyway. She didn’t listen to him and left the mats anyway to get a drink. When she came back, he told her how she didn’t follow directions and left the mats without permission. He wasn’t yelling or anything, just being stern because she wasn’t listening.
She started crying and her mom through a fit too to our boss to get him fired for disrespecting and humiliating her daughter in front of the whole class. No one noticed the situation and even if they did, it wasn’t that serious. I’m still amazed to this day this was all because she didn’t follow the rules and got in trouble for it
A girl in my high school bullied her mom into buying her an electric guitar that was signed by our state basketball team at a silent auction.
She didn’t play the guitar, or like sports.
A kid on my sons baseball team struck out and dented/cracked his composite bat having a hissy fit behind the dugout. Coach laid into him. Sat him. Parents complained of course. Next practice. Brand new composite bat. Those are a few hundred bucks by the way.