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In the diverse tapestry of society, we often encounter instances where social perceptions and standards vary based on one’s economic standing. What may be deemed elegant and sophisticated for the affluent can be viewed as distasteful or inappropriate for those with less financial means. The disparity in these perspectives raises an intriguing question: What is considered classy if you’re rich but trashy if you’re poor?
Fashion and Clothing Choices
To start, a Redditor wrote, “wearing a bathrobe all day.”
A second Redditor added, “Casual clothing in a formal environment. Hoodie and cargo pants at a law firm: either going over your trust fund or taking on crippling debt to get out of a public intox charge.”
Dining and Food Preferences
A user replied, “Eating those small meals that are meant to be ‘posh’.”
Another user commented, “Intermittent fasting.”
Entertainment and Leisure Activities
A user replied, “Day drinking.”
A second user added, “Lots of s****, when you’re rich it’s a S****al addiction when you’re poor, you are just a whore.”
Home Decor and Interior Design
One user wrote, “Showering outside.”
Another simply said, “Minimalism.”
Personal Grooming and Beauty
One Redditor replied, “Wearing a bra or lingerie in public.”
Social Etiquette and Manners
A popular comment was, “Getting things for free. Which makes me viciously angry.”
Another comment was, “Disrespecting people.”
Transportation and Vehicles
A Redditor replied, “The most expensive thing you own is a really old car.”
A second Redditor commented, “Having way too many cars in the driveway/yard.”
Shopping Habits and Brands
One user wrote, “Shopping at Aldi. Growing up lower working class, I was embarrassed about my parents shopping there. Now it’s trendy for upper-middle-class folks to shop there, I guess.”
Another user replied, “Buying expensive things. Someone who has money to afford pricy things looks normal doing so, someone who can barely put food on the table yet has an expensive car, clothes, or other luxury items makes e m look like a douche.”
One Redditor replied, “Not paying taxes if you’re poor, you’re stealing for others, but if you’re rich, you have business savvy.”
Another Redditor added, “Stealing tax payers money.”
A user commented, “Someone else raising your kids.”
A second user added, “Giving your kids hard to spell/say names.”
Jobs and Professions
One popular comment was, “Not working while still having an income.”
Charity and Philanthropy
A most-liked comment said, “Asking your friends for money. If you’re rich, it’s a “fundraiser.” If you’re poor, it’s a handout.”
Another comment was. “Being photographed with the poor.”
Networking and Social Circles
One Redditor replied, “Being on a first-name basis with a judge.”
A second Redditor added, “A girlfriend 40 years younger.”
Technology and Gadgets
One user replied, “Scamming people with the latest and greatest. BS”
Health and Wellness
A Redditor commented, “If you are weird and rich, people call you eccentric, but if you are weird and poor, people call you crazy.”
Housing and Neighborhood Choices
A funny comment was, “If you live in a tiny home, it’s ‘eco friendly.’ If you live in a trailer, you’re trash.”
Another said, “Van living. Homeless ppl sleep in their car, they get arrested. Rich ppl do it. It’s “nomadic” living.”
Language and Communication Styles
Finally, a Redditor replied, “Speaking English as a second language.”
And another said, “Being bilingual.”
Redditors have offered valuable insights. They’ve shown us that certain behaviors are considered classy for the rich but may be viewed as trashy for those with less financial means. These discussions highlight how social norms can vary depending on economic status. It’s important to understand that class distinctions are subjective, and we should question these judgments.
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