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IAmA concierge at a condominium for the rich and ultra-rich, AMA.

I'm in a major US city and have plenty of international clientele. It's against our professional ethos to share people's personal info but I'm happy to discuss things anonymously, even the juicy things.

https://imgur.com/a/ZAx3eYC


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chojinherb

Does it surprise you what they spend there money on?


ResidentialConcierge

I'm surprised by how sane most are with their money but this is a class building with a lot of doctors, lawyers and professors mixed in. Conspicuous consumership is not vogue here because old money frowns on most flaunting but that means sometimes they aren't aware of how their habits look to the uninitiated.

For example, some probably spend as much as I earn (or more) on flower arrangements. Some order $200 meals every night from fine dining restaurants on grubhub. Most though, find a way to turn their lifestyle into an investment. They'll spend a few million on an investment property just standing at the desk talking to someone else on a handshake deal. They'll buy the top of the line Mercedes and then drive it 500 miles a year, then drive it for 10 years before trading it in. I know a dude that bought a marina because he was spending too much to moor his boat. $1000+ shoes on everyone though.

aymaraymar

Any stories about celebrity stalkers?


ResidentialConcierge

Not really. Luckily, the notable people we have here are mostly from the world of finance/business so I don't think they have fanboys busting down the doors.

We did have an ex girlfriend of a pretty eligible doctor bachelor though. She would show up and start asking questions about her ex that were out of line.

She wasn't completely mental though. I think once the doc found out what was going on, he had a talk with her and it ended. I think some people don't realize that something that's cute in a romantic comedy is stalker behavior in real life.

WorriedSysAdmin

So you said before side jobs, approx 40k which in a big city I think isn't much. What are your job possibilities? Possible to go up or just plan on leaving?


ResidentialConcierge

I could build rapport and try to become the building manager. It's a real possibility but I don't have that ambition. I go to uni part time and plan on changing fields when I graduate. With my current plan, the social connections you make are better than the growth potential I'd get if I were still in a hotel.

Egg_McCracky

Have you ever met or assisted anyone who you recognized from TV/news/whatever before you were introduced?


ResidentialConcierge

Yup, quite a few.

-A few famous TV chefs.

-One of the residents has a sibling that's a somewhat famous actor.

-One of the most famous athletes in the world lives down the street and I've met him before.

-A Hollywood producer lives here part-time so I get juicy Hollywood goss from time to time.

-Local Perd Hapley type celebs.

kingproducer

Hi! What’s the craziest and/or weirdest request you’ve ever gotten from a client?

Edit: typo


ResidentialConcierge

To not tell their parents about the transvestite sex parties they have in their condo on the weekends while they're away. I wouldn't anyways, it's against our ethos.

Or maybe it's just escorting the dead bodies out of units with the funeral workers when someone perishes.

Edit: apparently, the transvestite is outdated. Sorry y’all. The More You KnowTM

Ivaddhartha

Hi. Are ultra-rich people happier than us??? Thanks in advance for your answer. Bye.


ResidentialConcierge

Yes they are. But they seem more likely than we are to have a flaming shitbag for a kid, so that can be painful and cause a lot of sadness. When you have money and power, a flaming shitbag can do a lot of damage.

WashedupWarVet

How does your pay work? Do you get an hourly rate or just tips? How much and often do you get tips? Sorry so many questions. Thanks for doing this.


ResidentialConcierge

I get about $17 an hour plus tips. Tips are about 5-6k a year and come mostly in the holiday season. During the year, side jobs get me prob 100 a month.

troyanator

Are the condos sold or are they rented? If so, how much do they sell or rent for?


ResidentialConcierge

Only a smattering of renters.

They're actually pretty reasonable though. I think there are studios that might go for as little as 900k. The penthouses are prob worth 7 mil. Most things seem to fall around 2-3 million.

seth928

You ever have to score someone some coke?


ResidentialConcierge

No, that's not something I'd know how to do if they asked. Most are older and probably past their coke days but I've had to let some people know they had something on their nose before.

The guests that I suspect are dealers are weird man. Different from the types that I think of traditionally.

AskAboutMyCoffee

In my experience with the very wealthy, I've noticed that for one reason or another, they can't seem to function without quite a bit of assistance. What have you seen someone personally struggle with that just blew your mind?


ResidentialConcierge

Well mine are mostly older so while they do get assistance, at this point in their lives it's just common sense. I wish my parents are as open to paying for a little help.

MrMadrona

How do you get a job working for such exclusive people? I assume it requires connections. Also, is it fun watching all the fancy stuff happening?


ResidentialConcierge

Luck.

I personally was never impressed by luxury so I don't find it that fun. I am impressed by great accomplishments though and meeting people who have those is pretty fun.

NuclearLunchDectcted

How many have mistresses?


ResidentialConcierge

A few seem to. You don't shit where you eat though so most don't have their side pieces around the building. A few trainers and housekeepers that I suspect are getting boned.

Maybe a lady with a closeted hubby.

takeitordont

Do you feel you ever could bond past your position with one/some of the residents? Maybe after changing jobs?


ResidentialConcierge

Yeah, some are pretty cool but I think of them more as mentors than buddies.

Maybe 3 or 4 I'd smoke a bowl with after my time here is done. Important to remember that you're still their employee in the meantime though.

AHK403YYC

How do you differentiate between the rich and ultra-rich?


ResidentialConcierge

In my context, I'd say 5 million and up is rich. Billionaires and near-billionaires are ultra-rich.

Where one become the other? No idea.

gambigirl

What are the common physical attributes of the affluent people in your building (along the lines of the $1000 shoes)?


ResidentialConcierge

High Quality perfume. They all fucking smell good.

iScreamsalad

Were you ever approached sexually?


ResidentialConcierge

No but there’s an old lady that likes to take her loopy pills and call up the front desk to tell us she’s naked. Eww

CallMeKaydee

Have you ever met/witnessed the mistress of a client?


ResidentialConcierge

I think so but since they didn't screw in the lobby, I can't be sure.

serverpimp

Have you ever had a Louis CK private garden moment? https://youtu.be/5yWk1YEHP4I

What about a Seinfeld delivery? https://youtu.be/UaBhnlZgNIo

Any similar stories?


ResidentialConcierge

I know everyone in the building so no on the Louis CK thing. But the other day, the side door at my home apt building was stuck open and I manned it until the on-call guy came in to fix it. I had my own personal Seinfeld in my mind talking shit that night.

boxermansr

Wonder if it’s this guy? 🧐

https://imgur.com/a/lCpyKV1


ResidentialConcierge

Stephen Merchant could totally play me.

Smabacon

Largest tip you’ve ever received?


we_coming

What are the demographics? Mostly white?


ResidentialConcierge

Prob 50% white-Jewish. 30% white not-Jewish. 20% Latin American, Indian and Persian.

APicketFence

Has Epstein ever been there, and if so where do they sneak the kids in?


ResidentialConcierge

No but I don't think I'd know if the people here were like that. This is where they have their wife and family. I get more of that "heartless hedonist" vibe from the young tech wealthy though and we don't have to many of them in this building.

WooPig45

Did Epstein kill himself?


rumptump

How does it feel like to live like a slave to the rich?


ResidentialConcierge

I know you're trying to be a dick but there are legit times when it sucks for someone to treat you like you're nothing. You end up finding asymmetric ways of getting your point across. Those people are prob 2% of the population her.e

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ResidentialConcierge

You become part of the community. And no, some can't hold it together before the elevators. Some are pretty private and we don't know much. It's like being the bartender in a small town.

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