Teen Claiming To Be A Millionaire Gets Roasted Extra Crispy After Posing with a Rented Ferrari
Social media can really be a fascinating thing. It can be used to stay connected with friends, read the news, share memes, post art, listen to music, and preserve memories. But it can also be used to create a false sense of reality, like how we all know that one friend who posts pictures of themselves with designer clothes, jewelry, and lots of cash, when in reality they’re actually just broke and still living with their parents.
The same can be said for individuals pretending to be self-made millionaire teens when they still have homeroom tomorrow.
Using A Ferrari For A Facade
That is the case for teen Twitter user Dylan Huntley, who recently got caught up in a whirlwind of online criticism after posting about his claimed millionaire status at the age of 15 while accompanied by a Ferrari 488 GTB. At first glance, one would think that becoming a self-made millionaire before finishing puberty is quite impressive. But thanks to the thorough fact-checking of Twitter’s Community Notes, everyone saw through the smokescreen and he was actually sitting on a rented Ferrari.
A sticker for the rental company “Cloud 9 Exotics” can even be seen in the window.
To add insult to injury, Twitter users added to the Community Note, “It is common for online business scammers to pose with rented cars & attempt to pass them off as their own.”
The Internet Wins Again
But not to be outdone, Huntley leaned into the lie by claiming why it is smarter for him to rent super cars instead of buying them while behind the wheel of a McLaren 570S. Unfortunately for him, Twitter Community Notes poked even more holes in his story after it was revealed that the car was actually a rental from Turo. According to Turo’s company policy, they do not rent anything (let alone a McLaren) to anyone under the age of 21. It was then concluded that the car was likely rented by his parents or another third party.
Why Do We Fake Status?
However, a teen posing next to a Ferrari pretending to flaunt wealth that he doesn’t have isn’t as uncommon as you may think. According to LendingTree.com, 40% of Americans will overspend on products in an attempt to impress others. This is what is known as “Conspicuous Consumption” in which people will purchase luxury goods not because they are something that they need in their lives, but because of the external message it sends to others as a means of impressing them. At that point, it can be fair to believe that these sorts of attempts are more sad than impressive.
A perfect example is the 24-year-old who won a $160k Lamborghini Huracan and then allegedly lied about crashing it.
But even if you were to have seven figures in your bank account, being so externally focused that rubbing a Ferrari in the faces of strangers on the internet is a bit of a shallow way to make yourself feel better while flexing your status.
But then again, it is much funnier when you have to ask your parents to rent it for you first!