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Real-life 'White Lotus': Workers share rich guests' wildest demands

By Natalie B. Compton and Andrea Sachs

30 Oct 2022 · 7 min read

Editor's Note

Tales of mistresses, human remains and ‘Bravolebrity’ nightmares, from the people who pamper the rich.

Maybe it's schadenfreude. Maybe it's envy. Maybe it's the ever-widening wealth gap. Or maybe "The White Lotus" is just a really good show that satirizes the egos and excesses of the wealthy traveling class. Whatever the reason for the success of the HBO series, we can't wait to gobble up the second season, like free bags of pretzels in economy class.

And it's not just prestige TV skewering the idle rich. "Triangle of Sadness," a movie that upends the power dynamic (and stomachs) of the customers aboard a private yacht cruise, won this year's Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Propelled by the interplay of demanding charter guests and tip-dependent crews of "yachties," Bravo reality show "Below Deck" has spawned four spinoffs. "The Menu," which gets a national release in theaters Nov. 18, has an ominous trailer that suggests a bloody end for guests at an exclusive restaurant on a remote island.

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