Why ramen is so valuable in prison
Why ramen is so valuable in prison

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Instant ramen noodles have become like cash among inmates in the US. Become a member of the Vox Video Lab! http://bit.ly/video-lab Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Cash is illegal in prisons. And that means everything from tuna to stamps to cigarettes have their own unique value in a trade and barter market. But ramen has quickly taken over as the most in demand products the prison system offers. Watch this video to see how ramen took over prison economies and why it’s the default item for trade among inmates. The Goods by Vox explains what we buy, why we buy it, and why it matters. Watch the rest of The Goods videos on YouTube: http://bit.ly/2PvjHCB Vox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out http://www.vox.com. Watch our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/IZONyE Follow Vox on Facebook: http://goo.gl/U2g06o Or Twitter: http://goo.gl/XFrZ5H

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Vardhanam Daga : Well the richest person in Jail must be called Top Ramen. 😂😂

Random Gamer21 : *Gets stabbed* Me:why did you stab me? Guy:you had a 10 ramen bounty

Fmono • 38 years ago • Updated : 1990: Selling drugs is cool 2019: Selling ramen is cool

Sparren : Prisons: *59 cents per meal = inedible* Public US Schools: *It's showtime*

Jackrabbit Jfiddle : Huh I thought Brooklyn 99 was joking lol

This is Barris! - French History : This confirms it. Student life = prison

Rokkfel : This is actually sad...the food they are fed in prison..they shpuld at least be fed something substantial...it doesnt have to be good..just decent

TigerLiss : One major thing this video misses is the amount of protein in ramen. Without protein, inmates can't build muscle, which is a pretty important sign of status and ability to defend oneself in prison. A pack of ramen contains about 10 grams of protein, which is a huge amount compared to what inmates usually get.

Garnet Queen : All food is highly valuable. You'll never understand how valuable food is, until you've lived without it.

Mr. Nice Man : Mum I am gonna be rich and make you proud someday. *Pack all the ramen in my bag and leave*

Newo : Imagine being allergic to gluten in prison...

Chester Cobblepot : Only in America can you go to prison get out and write a book about Ramen noodles🤣

tess Bel : Tbh ramen should be international currency

TheHellSpawn000 : I use to trade my ramen for pepsi in prison. We only had 1L bottles of pepsi in com, so id give 1 pack for 2 bottles and i did drawings for 1 bottle... Im addicted to pepsi... Dont judge me... i just turned 18 when i went in, 4 months in prison 9 months house arrest after my prison term and 11 months probation after my house arrest term. But my 4th day in i was a nervous wreck, was drawing, a guy asked if id draw him something, said hed give me a pop so i said ok, he gave me a pepsi and i felt like i wasnt even in prison. Next morning he had my drawing on his left calf, and then when i found out about the ramen currency i asked my dad to get me 2 boxes, 56 ramen each now and then. My last day there i split my ramen up between the 4 guys that looked after me there so they each got 18 packs. And its not just the ramen that has value, some guys will strip the flavor packets out of them just to make other stuff edible, some guys usually the really big dudes will want the ramen for the carbs then they buy canned scollops from com so they can keep lifting.

Asterix Gallier : It's obvious that His Noodly Appendage was at work here.

Bouncy Candies : Tekashi 69 must be enjoying his ramen in prison right now

StepOnALego : I actually knew this thanks to Brooklyn nine-nine

brian bonilla : Like tay k said “eating good noodles everyday”

Jeremy Miller : I love how he says cloths favors or drugs.you can buy drugs with ramen in prison. Drugs

Comrade Russia : 10000BC: Uses rocks as money. 2019: uses ramen as money. What a strange world we live in.

xSynomical : Cop: ARE YOU HIDING DRUGS?! Prisoner: nah fam it’s chicken ramen want some

dizzybynature : my girlfriend wonders why i always save several ramen packages.. ill just show her this video..

El-ahrairah : So why are they cutting costs of food to an inmate population that is 60% drug offenses? Because they are private prisons who need to make profit....... Happy fascist society everyone.

v6FiRE ! : *slowly starts smuggling my packets of ramen noodles*

LLawz1017 : Tay k deffo be eating good noodle everyday😂

Roger Gaile : *So brooklyn 99 was being serious*

Yung Tags : he also forgot to mention ramen could help ur debt nd not get owned by others 👉👌

CAF Sleepings : Can’t do the time, don’t do the time. So simple, atleast these civilian complainers aren’t going to a military prison.

Phlegethon : lol "a favor: hey I like your penmanship can you write this for me?"....you know that's not the favor he's thinking

Happy Boi : Note to self: When you go to prison *BRING A 100 RAMEN*

st : Prisoner: “eh man eh man what you got” Ramen dealer: “I got that kimchi fresh from the market ,20 a G fam”

eddyk : Ramen and cans of Mackerel. Give a prisoner and tin of fish, a packet of noodles and an egg and he can make a 3 course dinner out of it.

Zaid Ahmad : Naruto Uzumaki wants to know your location

Ayan : Me: *gets 5 bags of ramen* Also me: oh i'm rich now, ok.

Christarfire : Its very valuable in college and boarding schools

Ben Griffin : “Inmates aren’t just using ramen as cash, they’re also eating it” wow who would have thought of that Edit: top comment wow thanks guys

ODDS SMASHED PODCAST : (2) .60 Ramen in exchange for (1) 10.00 sweatshirt is everything.

Pedro Harunari : ramen is valuable because you can eat it or use it to fix ANYTHING

Allan Valverde : When jail economy is better than Venezuelas.

NotInTable : ramen is valuable in prison because during a prison riot you can bust out a packet of dry ramen, eat it without the sauce packet and restore 90 HP

Jesus saw that : You guys missed a big reason for Ramon being so useful in jail. The food has zero flavor so inmates put the Ramon seasoning on their food to make it edible

The MadestLad _ : *DIY project makers would like to know your location*

Robonomix Fallout : Ramen: *Ends violence between prisoners* Onu: Really ?

Supernoxus : In short. prisoners don't get fed enough food to survive, so they give you just about anything for some ramen.

OneThreeFilms : So if ramen is banned, US jail economy will collapse.

Duchi : *_When you want that Naruto Ramen so bad_*

Anton Shurik : It's because it fills you up and it's cheap. You can barter with any food in prison🤣

9,999,999 views : *_WHATS YOUR CRIME???_* *steals ramen*

WhyThoVR : Brooklyn 99 was legit about this stuff