Sunday, 3 March 2013

Conspicuous Consumption

At the five-star hotel we stayed at, one of the expatriate staff told us an interesting anecdote.

She said some of her colleagues are fu er dai (富二代), or second generation rich, typically spoiled brats whose parents had built up enormous wealth for their only child to squander.

What surprised her was that they drove very expensive cars to work -- but when we heard this we were even more surprised they didn't have chauffeurs who dropped them off at the hotel.

She asked them why they were working in an international hotel when their wages could never pay for such fancy wheels.

And their reply?

"I'm gaining experience now for when my daddy builds me a hotel."

She swears that's what many of them say...

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