Time to Cry Tuesday – Lifestyles of the Rich & Clueless


Prada purple stone nylon patent trim medium tote from Bluefly

Yesterday Newsday ran an article titled, Luxury retailers hit as wealthy LIers cut back, too. Catchy title, right? Actually terrible title. LIers means Long Islanders in this context, but hey, this looks mysteriously like LIARS to me.

In the wake of AIG rage, a reporter did a piece on how the wealthy in my neck of the woods are ‘cutting back’ in reaction to the economic crisis. Touching. Seriously folks, is the best use of ink on paper? Does it help for the average Long Island resident to read these sound bites? It feels as if the media is out there fueling the divide. Why? Maybe because it is so entertaining to read this stuff:

There was a time not long ago when Marina Stern of Great Neck would buy a $1,500 shirt without thinking twice. She can still afford to, she said, but now, she’s more likely to go for the one costing $500.

No I am not kidding, that was a direct copy and paste. Marina, I am thinking perhaps you should have kept that inane comment to yourself, not making you look so good hon. The funny thing for me was that I really had no idea you could actually buy a $1,500 shirt. I mean, what’s the point? Chances are I would probably drop something and stain it anyway.

Don’t worry, it gets better:

While no one has yet requested a plain wrapper for their purchases at Prada in Manhasset, some are asking that multiple purchases go into one bag. “A lot of them say, ‘I don’t want to be too showy,'” an employee said. “What if they randomly walked into a girlfriend who lost a ton of money and their husband lost a job? It would feel funny.”

Funny? SERIOUSLY! Um, only mention of the husband losing a job? Oh right, women don’t work in this group, but apparently they do have the ability to *lose a ton of money*.

Here is another gem:

 “They’re still buying luxury but maybe not the big purple bag with stones on it,” said the Prada employee. “Instead of two $3,000 jackets, they’re saying ‘OK, I have to choose one.'”

Maybe the reason you should not buy the big purple bag with stones on it is because IT IS UGLY! Never mind the $1,000+ price tag.

Ok, enough! You get the point. Understand, this is not the norm on Long Island. Not even on the ‘Gold Coast’. This is a stereotypical representation of the wealthy in our area. They are no different in the OC, or Palm Springs, Miami or New England. These people are a parody. Of themselves perhaps. And the media that feeds off their clueless behavior is adding no value to society.

Hey, things are hard enough out there. Must we feed off this stuff  in anger? 

I will leave you with a comedic comment from the friend who linked me to this article early this morning:

I have vomited from these people my whole life. Now I can openly show my disdain for them. It is fashionable. Lets go to the [local belly of the beast restaurant] and have some fun.  

Perhaps, my friends, this has all simply become sport.

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4 responses to “Time to Cry Tuesday – Lifestyles of the Rich & Clueless

  1. I love handbags. Absolutely love them. THAT one? Is one ugly-ass bag!

  2. Twenty four, you never mince words. You are truly the west coast version of me.

  3. ‘I don’t want to be too showy,’


    Not that I love that lifestyle, but we’re all in a place where someone has less and her vantage point is different.

    I had a birthday party when I was 10 and invited my school friends and 1 friend from religious school. That girl talked about her pool and her stuff think we are like her school friends (read: more well-to-do) and when she realized the rest of us didn’t have all that stuff, she graciously tried to play it all down but it was too late. I’ve never forgotten.

  4. joyce

    The last comment sounds suspiciously like someone i know…

    As you said,There are people( the 1% of the population) like those in the article all over the place,including right here in our very own bedroom community, but they are the AB-NORM, not the NORM and the reporter should not be giving them credit for being ‘conservative’ in their spending’, $1500 instead of $3000? Thats just BS, and they’re not fooling anyone….(maybe just their husbands)
    excuse me, i need to get of the soapbox now…..

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