posted on Jul, 23 2018 @ 11:49 AM
I had the "privilidge" of working in 2 of the most exclusive areas of the US for a number of years, one was largerly a vacation area (with many rich
having summer residence there) and another was a large gated community where most had their primary home (it was an ultra- rich country club & housing
community). The houses were anywhere from 3-4,000 ft for a small "bungalo" up to 25,000ft (just for the main house on the property, and maybe 1-3
smaller guest houses of 2-8,000 ft on the property) The lots were anywyere from 1.5-15 acres in size, the largest being about 30 with a total of just
under 35,000 sq ft for all houses on property. There were massive security checks to get employed (had to have reference from other working there,
residents, etc) and even then there was a watchful eye.
While working at the main club house of the gated community I have to say that all the residents were more than kind and I only encountered a few rude
people who I think were just having really bad days. What I did notice was an attitude that seemed to permiate the club members where they were not
interested in anything related to the employees (for the most part, some took attention to some like pretty girls, boys, etc) and this was VASTLY
different from other upscale places where I worked (no where near the same level, but most were multi millionaires with a few billionaires thrown in).
These people took the time to get to know the employees, about their families and even personal lives. This often lead to VERY good tips at this
place for all workers, where the gated community (with a MUCH higher level of average income) it was almost the opposite and the behavior was more
dismissive and uncaring on many occasions. I can't say that this may have been due to the fact I has less interaction at the gated country club
community, as I was an IT manager who only over-heard interactions, but it was noticeable in morale.
When working at a place where the yearly membership fee is more than the employees make in 2-5 years, and profits are mainly dispursed to the top 3-6
executives often paying minimum wage to all employees, this just seems so unjust that I could spit on the patrons and management (of which I was one,
but not executive). Many workers worked 1-2 side jobs to be able to live in a slum. The go to work every day, park $150-500,000 cars for 8 hours and
come home with maybe $75 cash in tips and the $8/hr. This included a complete car wash, light detail (vacuum, interior wipe down, etc) and they would
tip maybe 10% what it would cost to have this service done at a car wash. If there was damage (most often there when dropping it off) it could lead
to being fired or the repair being taken from paychecks. This was on the West Coast about 45 mins N of central San Diego.
The other place I worked at was on the East coast and had a wide range of wealthy from those who "summered" on the Island in $18-30 million houses
to those who had $2-4 million houses with many in between. I was friends with a lot of their children my same age and actually got along really well
with them, dated 3 different girls who had wealthy parents (one from a VERY wealthy dynasty). The children were 95% down to earth when it was just
the 2 of us or maybe one other "lower class person" but when a group got together of the wealthy elites, it was totally different. There would be
people ordering $200-500 bottles for our table, maybe 3-5 over a 5-8 hour night, and use "po boys" never ordered them and tried to not drink unless
shots were being offered. But at the end we were expected to split checks - REALLY! A person driving a $7,000 car and then local royalty driving a
$60K-200,000 (most didn't have jobs either, or they were often minimum wage jobs like pool attendant at the country club - basically socialite) never
thought that us peons would have major problems paying for this - and when an issue did arise, they acted surprised we couldnt' spend $400 for 4-5
shots of a bottle of vodka (which we never ordered, poured, or helped outselves). These sessions didn't last after the second time but remained
friends with the girls I dated and a few guys who were "brothers" (greek wise).
On top of this, many girls expected to have all their drinks paid for, even when they ordered crazy expensive stuff. Luckily the ones I finally got
to date were happy with domestic beers (bottles) and good company after the first couple meetings. I think it was the local guys trying to push out
the "po boy" competition by ordering the expensive stuff.
This type of thing happens in all kinds of situations and on various levels of income where it can be going out for dinner (work related, or dating)
and people are just oblivious or don't care about others financial issues.
The next big issue is dealing with the previous generations that wrecked the economy (boomers) and continue to blame younger generations for their
living and financial situation, while most live high on the hog (spending VAST sums of money while their younger family struggles)