It sounds like the other parents are just jealous.
Most Ferrari models were designed with the race track in mind, but even the brand's fastest models are still incredibly comfortable and for daily driving purposes. That's exactly what one owner thought when he drove his son to school in his Ferrari 488 GTB.
While this sounds like a harmless action, the other parents and school faculty were not happy about it according to the South China Morning Post. Local newspapers say the father is now facing a social boycott simply for displaying his wealth.
Mr. Li, the owner of the 488, is a senior executive in a property development company. In his high position, Li earns four million yuan, the equivalent of $578,000 per year (more than enough to own a Ferrari). Unfortunately, other parents did not appreciate seeing Li drive the Ferrari to drop off his son from school and complained about it in a WeChat group. A teacher told Li that the car was leading to unhealthy comparisons in class and that he should drive a different car to school.
Many parents backed the teacher and messaged Li to use a different car. One parent said “It’s not proper. You should not show off, no matter how rich you are." Another parent said “If it’s just dropping the kid at school, can’t you just use a regular car? You are not short of money anyway.”
Li didn't back down and responded by saying “If [seeing others] driving a racing car hurts feelings, your children are too sensitive. Besides, why should I buy another car just to serve your needs?” Unfortunately, Mr. Li was removed from the chat shortly after responding. The incident has sparked a massive social media debate over whether or not Mr. Li should be punished just for driving a nice car.
One commenter said “The teacher and the parents who were offended have failed to teach children the right values on life and money. Can they make luxury products vanish from the world?” Another said “Wealth gap is a real thing. It’s better to educate children to face it rather than castigate others for driving sports cars to show off their wealth."
We agree with the commenters and believe parents should do a better job of educating their children on how wealth works and the benefits of working hard.