A Reddit user recently posed a question to people employed by extraordinarily wealthy individuals. What are the craziest occurrences they’ve witnessed on the job? The post went viral, with countless comments recounting insane stories of extravagance. In this post, we’re highlighting 13 of the most ridiculous…
13. The Rabbit Display
“Bartending at a fancy party in a very wealthy older couple’s house where these people had art on display they had bought from museums. I was working in a room where three walls were glass, and you could see this beautiful manicured garden with sculptures. When the sun started to set, these big, floppy-eared white bunnies started to appear and frolic around the yard. I asked someone who worked in the house about the rabbits. The rich people bought them as a garden feature. Every once in a while, they had to cull the rabbit population. The rabbits were decorations!! This was also the night when I was making an older man a drink, and he decided to ask me, “So, what are the poor people doing tonight?”
12. The Celebrity Possessions
“I moved the guy that created ebay. He had Aretha Franklin’s grand piano (played it) and Elvis Presley’s coat (didn’t wear it).”
“You work in the moving business? My partner does, the people and stuff he’s moved is wild, and the homes can be mind boggling to lowly normies like us!”
11. The Crazy (Unused) Houses
“I briefly cleaned houses one summer and these houses were INSANE. Some had elevators. Some had STALLS in their master bathroom (edit: corrected from bedroom). One had a literal cave manufactured in the bathroom, with showerheads all thoroughout it—you could walk from one end and come out the other side of the bathroom (split by a massive hot tub).
What struck me as odd, in almost every house, was the sense of disuse. They had grand pianos covered in dust. Expensive lamps and throw pillows with the tags still on them. Sprawling playrooms with every toy any child could want, totally devoid of playing children.”
10. The Custom Pool
“I worked on a billionaire’s home installing his custom pool. He ordered a custom iridescent tile. For the whole pool it cost $440KUSD for material alone and another $400K to install it.
We informed him that it was a special order and couldn’t be changed once ordered. He approved. We installed it. Walks out, it looks amazing (all the people working on it thought so). Says he doesn’t like it tear it out and replace it. All told he blew like 2.4 million dollars on his pool tile before he got done. [He] didn’t bat an eye.”
9. The Lucrative Home Remodel
“My brother in law builds custom homes in the redneck Riviera belt of Florida. One day, he called me to come over to this $15m beach house he was doing a complete remodel of. He was the original builder. He asked me to bring my truck and trailer.
I show up, and he walks me through all four floors. He then says, “The owners have removed all the stuff they want to keep. She has told me to dispose of everything as I see fit. Get what you want.” Furniture, appliances, outdoor furniture, rugs, lamps, artwork, you name it.
I don’t know the value of everything I took home with me that day, but it was the highest end stuff I’ve ever seen. FOUR floors of it, and I only got one trailer load because I simply couldn’t fit anything else in my house. I likely had over $20k worth of furniture and appliances on that trailer.”
8. The “Dirty” Requests
“My bro worked on a super yacht, quit the day he saw a 14-year-old take a massive **** on the deck and tell him to ‘clean it up.’”
“Same reason I walked. I was supposed to be machine maintenance. The owner has a private bathroom in his office. I was tasked with unclogging a **** that was about the same size as a yeti 46 oz water bottle. I told them in my interview that I don’t have the stomach to clean toilets.”
7. The Billionaire With Friends in High Places
“I was the Project Manager for a mansion build for one of the founders of a major health insurance company here in the US. This guy was one of (if not the) best billionaire I’ve ever worked for. He showed up nearly every day in shorts and flip flops and would treat all of us like equals.
This was around the time that President Obama was about to put out Obamacare. I was in a meeting with the owner and President Obama called him, on his cell, to discuss the plan. He (the owner) tells us to hold on, the president is calling, to which someone jokingly made a comment about (thinking he was joking). The owner asks Obama to say hi to the team, and he did! It was surreal to be at the table with him when the call came through.”
6. The Very Un-PC Yacht Owner
“Worked in recruitment finding crew for super yachts many years ago. Put forward a candidate for a chief engineer on a very well known yacht owned by a very well known individual.
Was the perfect fit of knowledge and experience and the guy was super friendly and nice as well. They turned him down because “he wears glasses and the owner doesn’t want anyone with disabilities working on board.””
5. The Lucky Nanny
“I did a Manny (Male Nanny) job for a rich couple who wanted someone to care for their kids…One day they asked “Do you want to go to Hawaii?” Turns out the company that the husband was the COO of was doing an executive retreat in Hawaii.
Instead of finding daycare in Hawaii for their kids they thought it’d be easier to just pay for me to fly to Hawaii, care for the kids during the day, and then have my evenings or their “family time” free…So I went to Hawaii on their dime, had my own hotel room, they paid me for my time and gave me a large stipend for my own food/entertainment…On top of that they gave me $5k in “spending money” in case any of the kids wanted anything.”
4. The Repair Person’s Tales
“Did appliance repair. One lady had a 10×12 walk in wine cooler. Floor to ceiling stocked with wine. In her living room. Another person’s house was made of imported stone and had a library the size of two car garage.
My favorite was an old lady who just had nice stuff. She took care of what she had. Everytime I went she gave me 40 bucks for “a nice beer with your lady” I would always refuse but she insisted and was basically the typical granny everyone would want.”
3. The Drunk (But Generous) CEO
“The CEO of the company I worked for was the founder’s son…One night, I’m working overtime on the late shift and we get this call. “Hey! You guys… Got…’Lectrician?” The guy is clearly drunk, we have no idea who it is or why he’s calling our maintenance/engineering group.
We ask who he is and he informs us, light heartedly. He wants someone to take a ride to his house and figure out why the internet isn’t working. This is an hour drive away. I volunteer, I was bored off my nut anyway. I get to the house, entry gate is smashed, section of the white horse fencing is gone, Jaguar is stuck in the field.
Here in the house is dude, completely blasted. He’s got a huge cut on his hairline…I accompany him to the bathroom and help him clean himself up, wash off the gash and put some bandaging on it.
Then I corrected the Internet. Unplug-plug. As I’m walking out, he asks me to do a shot with him. I comment, worried about my job, that it might be a bad idea. He agrees and hands me the bottle, “Take it home and do a shot later. Keep it.” When I get back to work I look the stuff up…It’s a $1500 bottle of scotch.
The next day I’m at work early. About eleven in the morning he comes walking up. “Uh…We’re not going to be…Talking about last night?” I tell him it’s all good, “Awesome.” A little bit later I get an envelope. There’s a check attached for ‘Emergency Tech Support’ $5,000.”
2. The Unusual Debt Reduction Strategy
“The owner of my company had a customer pay off a giant debt by signing over a yacht to him. When he went to the marina to get the storage info transferred to his name and saw how much it cost to store the yacht there, he bought the marina.”
1. The Penthouse Problem
“Had a Client who purchased a newly built penthouse apartment and wanted a jacuzzi on the balcony. It would’ve meant a structural column was needed in the middle of the balcony below which the contractor who built the apartment block wouldn’t go for as it would impact selling that apartment. Client buys the apartment below, approves the column, jacuzzi is installed, then privately sells the apartment below. Voila problem solved.”
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