Self-Confessed 'Snob' Spending $2K a Month on Bottled Water Sparks Outrage

A self-confessed "water snob" has outraged the internet after revealing that he spends over $2,000 a month on bottled water.

Posted on Monday, the viral TikTok video by Ryan Dubs (@ryandubs on TikTok) currently has 1.4 million views. In the video, Dubs revealed multiple boxes of bottled water and said: "I spend $2,000 a month on high-end water bottles delivered directly to my house and, as a water snob, it is such a luxury.

"Where do I keep it all? I have four fridges so I've got that part covered."

The stacks of water are from the brand VOSS, famed for its "artesian water from Norway".

"I love VOSS," said Dubs. "It's one of my favorite water bottle brands."

Avoiding any questions about why he chooses to spend almost twice what most Americans spend on rent each month, he explained: "I hate the taste of tap water. I cannot drink it. I only drink bottled water—it's the only way I'll get it in me."

A Statista study recently revealed that per capita consumption of bottled water in the U.S. amounted to roughly 45.2 gallons in 2020. The amount of bottled carbonated and still water consumed by Americans has increased significantly over the past two decades.

TikTok users responded to Dubs' viral video with outrage, with one user writing: "People don't have any clean water or any water at all and this guy is out here saying 'I hate the taste of tap water.'" Another commenter wrote: "This is not the flex you think it is."

In the video, Dubs explained that he has recently changed his preferred water brand: "For the past year I actually had Fiji water delivered to my house, but it started to weigh on me how much plastic I was creating."

The International Bottled Water Association reported that plastic water bottles make up 3.3 percent of all drink packaging that ends up in landfills, and 0.02 percent of total landfill waste.

A 2021 study found that plastic bottles make up 11.9 percent of ocean garbage—but glass bottles aren't harmless either, making up 3.4 percent of pollutants.

This chart, provided by Statista, shows the 10 most widespread waste items polluting the world's oceans.

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The video was later shared on popular Reddit forum r/Cringetopia where it has over 21,000 upvotes and spurred more discussion with users increasingly shocked by Dubs' frivolous habits.

One user wrote: "Why not just get a water filter?" while another said: "Who wants to tell him he's basically drinking filtered tap water in a glass bottle?"

@ryandubs declined to comment when approached by Newsweek.

Update 02/17/22, 11:17 a.m. ET: The embedded video was removed in this article at the request of the @ryandubs.

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