Rich and Stupid

I will be hosting some very exciting (!) contests to celebrate my 24th birthday this week.  Stay tuned all week for the chance to win some great prizes!

I received an email last week from a new reader.  He recently moved to Orange County and he said he's "astounded" by the wealth in South Orange County. 

It's embarrassing, really.  A lot of people who live here are so rich they've lost touch with reality.  I share stories with you but I also worry that I'm jading my readers.  Nice people live here too.  Real people who work hard for whatever they have.  I don't tell you their stories, but they exist.

Nevertheless, the amusing stories seem to be endless.  And yes, I'm just snarky enough to enjoy sharing them.

Last Friday, our local newspaper reported a theft which took place in an exclusive gated community.  A forty seven year old woman left $500,000 worth of jewelry in her car overnight and it was stolen.  Her jewelry included a six carat diamond engagement ring.  That's right, she left a half million dollars worth of jewelry in her car and it was taken.  She seemed surprised. (???!!!)

Only $85,000 of the jewelry was insured.  She's offering a $10,000 reward if her jewelry is returned and "no questions will be asked."

If you had a half million dollars worth of jewelry and someone was offering you $10,000 for it would you consider that a sound investment?

The story gets better.  It seems the woman who owned the jewelry left it in her car overnight.  It was in her Bentley which was parked in her garage.  She forgot to close her garage door, left her half million dollars worth of jewelry in the unlocked Bentley, and someone stole it.  Her Louis Vuitton planner was also left in her car, and also stolen.

She feels violated.

I feel violated just by reading about her stupidity.

78 Responses to “Rich and Stupid”

  1. goodfather

    Congrats on your upcoming 24th!
    Wow, for the first time in my life, words fail me. That’s saying something. 😉 How can you have that much money and just leave it… lying around? Wow.

  2. goodfather

    Congrats on your upcoming 24th!
    Wow, for the first time in my life, words fail me. That’s saying something. 😉 How can you have that much money and just leave it… lying around? Wow.

  3. goodfather

    Congrats on your upcoming 24th!
    Wow, for the first time in my life, words fail me. That’s saying something. 😉 How can you have that much money and just leave it… lying around? Wow.

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  7. Jan

    I vote for fuckwit – it’s extraordinarily expressive for the mental competence of this person.
    I’m so jealous – the only newsworthy things that happen here are beheadings in trailer parks.

  8. Jan

    I vote for fuckwit – it’s extraordinarily expressive for the mental competence of this person.
    I’m so jealous – the only newsworthy things that happen here are beheadings in trailer parks.

  9. Jan

    I vote for fuckwit – it’s extraordinarily expressive for the mental competence of this person.
    I’m so jealous – the only newsworthy things that happen here are beheadings in trailer parks.

  10. Lori

    Wow! I cannot even fathom having that much money or being that careless with it. I love these amusing stories!

  11. Lori

    Wow! I cannot even fathom having that much money or being that careless with it. I love these amusing stories!

  12. Lori

    Wow! I cannot even fathom having that much money or being that careless with it. I love these amusing stories!

  13. steenky bee (jenboglass)

    What? The only thing someone could steal from my car would be maybe a Forever21 bracelet and some cheap gold earrings. I’ve got nothing that anyone wants. Seriously.
    Hey! Thanks for stopping by. I’ve seen your comments on other sites. Funny! I’m going to add you to my reader. I like it over hear.

  14. steenky bee (jenboglass)

    What? The only thing someone could steal from my car would be maybe a Forever21 bracelet and some cheap gold earrings. I’ve got nothing that anyone wants. Seriously.
    Hey! Thanks for stopping by. I’ve seen your comments on other sites. Funny! I’m going to add you to my reader. I like it over hear.

  15. steenky bee (jenboglass)

    What? The only thing someone could steal from my car would be maybe a Forever21 bracelet and some cheap gold earrings. I’ve got nothing that anyone wants. Seriously.
    Hey! Thanks for stopping by. I’ve seen your comments on other sites. Funny! I’m going to add you to my reader. I like it over hear.

  16. Linda

    Where was she going with all that? Can you wear that much at one time? $500,000 in jewlery and only $85,000 of it insured? I’m smelling insurance fraud here.
    Well I quess she can afford to buy more. If she’s stupid enough to leave it in her unlocked car, in an open garage then I guess she deserves to have to spend the money to replace it. She’s lucky the thieve’s didn’t come in the house for more than just jewelry.

  17. Linda

    Where was she going with all that? Can you wear that much at one time? $500,000 in jewlery and only $85,000 of it insured? I’m smelling insurance fraud here.
    Well I quess she can afford to buy more. If she’s stupid enough to leave it in her unlocked car, in an open garage then I guess she deserves to have to spend the money to replace it. She’s lucky the thieve’s didn’t come in the house for more than just jewelry.

  18. Linda

    Where was she going with all that? Can you wear that much at one time? $500,000 in jewlery and only $85,000 of it insured? I’m smelling insurance fraud here.
    Well I quess she can afford to buy more. If she’s stupid enough to leave it in her unlocked car, in an open garage then I guess she deserves to have to spend the money to replace it. She’s lucky the thieve’s didn’t come in the house for more than just jewelry.

  19. Heather

    There are so many forms of stupid here – I don’t know which one to comment on. Fuckwit. I agree!

  20. Heather

    There are so many forms of stupid here – I don’t know which one to comment on. Fuckwit. I agree!

  21. Heather

    There are so many forms of stupid here – I don’t know which one to comment on. Fuckwit. I agree!

  22. emmysuh

    I feel violated reading about her $85,000-worth of jewelry when I am wearing a necklace from Wal-mart that was on sale for $2.50.

  23. emmysuh

    I feel violated reading about her $85,000-worth of jewelry when I am wearing a necklace from Wal-mart that was on sale for $2.50.

  24. emmysuh

    I feel violated reading about her $85,000-worth of jewelry when I am wearing a necklace from Wal-mart that was on sale for $2.50.

  25. Kristan Hoffman

    I hope that someday I can afford to do something that stupid.
    Only I won’t actually do it. I’ll just remember this story and laugh, then split my money between practical things, charity, and savings/investments.

  26. Kristan Hoffman

    I hope that someday I can afford to do something that stupid.
    Only I won’t actually do it. I’ll just remember this story and laugh, then split my money between practical things, charity, and savings/investments.

  27. Kristan Hoffman

    I hope that someday I can afford to do something that stupid.
    Only I won’t actually do it. I’ll just remember this story and laugh, then split my money between practical things, charity, and savings/investments.

  28. Judi

    I’m one of those hard-working, non-wealthy folks who live in OC. I guess I’m too smart to have money – why is it always the stupid ones who end up rich?

  29. Judi

    I’m one of those hard-working, non-wealthy folks who live in OC. I guess I’m too smart to have money – why is it always the stupid ones who end up rich?

  30. Judi

    I’m one of those hard-working, non-wealthy folks who live in OC. I guess I’m too smart to have money – why is it always the stupid ones who end up rich?

  31. Midlife Slices

    I leave my car and my house unlocked all the time but there’s nothing “steal worthy” in either so I don’t think that counts. If I had a Bentley and a 500K engagement ring, trust me……I’d learn how to lock the doors and close the garage.

  32. Midlife Slices

    I leave my car and my house unlocked all the time but there’s nothing “steal worthy” in either so I don’t think that counts. If I had a Bentley and a 500K engagement ring, trust me……I’d learn how to lock the doors and close the garage.

  33. Midlife Slices

    I leave my car and my house unlocked all the time but there’s nothing “steal worthy” in either so I don’t think that counts. If I had a Bentley and a 500K engagement ring, trust me……I’d learn how to lock the doors and close the garage.

  34. Sandra

    What is the Goodwill like where you live? Do I need to take a day trip to find out? Do you actually find amazingly expensive things donated?

  35. Sandra

    What is the Goodwill like where you live? Do I need to take a day trip to find out? Do you actually find amazingly expensive things donated?

  36. Sandra

    What is the Goodwill like where you live? Do I need to take a day trip to find out? Do you actually find amazingly expensive things donated?

  37. jill prettyman

    People do take things for granted here, but I’m glad you added that not everyone here in Orange County is like this, I drive a Mine Cooper, and I think a thief would laugh if he saw my wedding ring!! And I am smart enough to lock my car (most of the time)

  38. jill prettyman

    People do take things for granted here, but I’m glad you added that not everyone here in Orange County is like this, I drive a Mine Cooper, and I think a thief would laugh if he saw my wedding ring!! And I am smart enough to lock my car (most of the time)

  39. jill prettyman

    People do take things for granted here, but I’m glad you added that not everyone here in Orange County is like this, I drive a Mine Cooper, and I think a thief would laugh if he saw my wedding ring!! And I am smart enough to lock my car (most of the time)

  40. Midlife Mama

    ROFL @ MadWomanMeg. Too perfect.
    And really all I can add? Is WTF???
    First of all, she had half a million dollars in jewelry in an unlocked Bentley. WTF #1.
    Second of all, she was horribly underinsured. WTF #2.
    Third of all? Do I feel sorry for her? Uh, no. Stupid is as stupid does.
    Great post!

  41. Midlife Mama

    ROFL @ MadWomanMeg. Too perfect.
    And really all I can add? Is WTF???
    First of all, she had half a million dollars in jewelry in an unlocked Bentley. WTF #1.
    Second of all, she was horribly underinsured. WTF #2.
    Third of all? Do I feel sorry for her? Uh, no. Stupid is as stupid does.
    Great post!

  42. Midlife Mama

    ROFL @ MadWomanMeg. Too perfect.
    And really all I can add? Is WTF???
    First of all, she had half a million dollars in jewelry in an unlocked Bentley. WTF #1.
    Second of all, she was horribly underinsured. WTF #2.
    Third of all? Do I feel sorry for her? Uh, no. Stupid is as stupid does.
    Great post!

  43. thistle

    apparently God does have a sense of humour…..
    i deliberately leave my car unlocked hoping someone will steal it…so far no takers…not even with the valuable curling broom and 2! dog crates that are always in it…perhaps i need to leave some loonies and two-nies on the seat also…

  44. thistle

    apparently God does have a sense of humour…..
    i deliberately leave my car unlocked hoping someone will steal it…so far no takers…not even with the valuable curling broom and 2! dog crates that are always in it…perhaps i need to leave some loonies and two-nies on the seat also…

  45. thistle

    apparently God does have a sense of humour…..
    i deliberately leave my car unlocked hoping someone will steal it…so far no takers…not even with the valuable curling broom and 2! dog crates that are always in it…perhaps i need to leave some loonies and two-nies on the seat also…

  46. dadshouse

    And here I get mad at my kids if they leave my garage door open. Someone might take off with my rake or my beach cruiser!

  47. dadshouse

    And here I get mad at my kids if they leave my garage door open. Someone might take off with my rake or my beach cruiser!

  48. dadshouse

    And here I get mad at my kids if they leave my garage door open. Someone might take off with my rake or my beach cruiser!

  49. Punditdad

    24@Heart is right, some people are breathing different oxygen in OC and the wealth is breathtaking. New fan and committed reader!

  50. Punditdad

    24@Heart is right, some people are breathing different oxygen in OC and the wealth is breathtaking. New fan and committed reader!

  51. Punditdad

    24@Heart is right, some people are breathing different oxygen in OC and the wealth is breathtaking. New fan and committed reader!

  52. Miz Liz

    Ummm…unlocked car aside, why was all her jewelry in the car?
    That’s not just stupid; it’s “doopid.”

  53. Miz Liz

    Ummm…unlocked car aside, why was all her jewelry in the car?
    That’s not just stupid; it’s “doopid.”

  54. Miz Liz

    Ummm…unlocked car aside, why was all her jewelry in the car?
    That’s not just stupid; it’s “doopid.”

  55. LauraR

    geez, was she a trophy wife with a good body and marble-sized brain?

  56. LauraR

    geez, was she a trophy wife with a good body and marble-sized brain?

  57. LauraR

    geez, was she a trophy wife with a good body and marble-sized brain?

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