Why ramen is so valuable in prison

  • katma 14 Kas 2018
  • Instant ramen noodles have become like cash among inmates in the US.
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    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.
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  • David Humphrey
    David Humphrey 14 dakika önce

    If the prisons really wanted to stop this from happening they could just buy in bulk, to have an endless supply, and flood the market with them for 20 cents each. If you had to carry 50 to buy something for 10 dollars it is easily traceable.

  • Rusty
    Rusty 20 dakika önce

    Aramark is the main provider for food on college campuses as well, no joke.

  • Joseph Petrillo
    Joseph Petrillo 39 dakika önce

    Love me some ramen dog!!!

  • JackOnTits
    JackOnTits 59 dakika önce

    Ramen is literally gold? Damn I showed go to prison.

  • J. R.
    J. R. Saatler önce

    I didnt know they aloud burners (even electric) for hot water in cells in usa. man, in my problem this will be such a problem... cigarretes are allowed though

  • Wayne Born
    Wayne Born Saatler önce

    Hey bruh you got some rams?

  • The Maiden
    The Maiden 2 saatler önce

    I just happened to be eating ramen when TRclips suggested this video

  • Sagheer Ahmed
    Sagheer Ahmed 2 saatler önce

    Dementors love Ramen, prison mike

  • tiggle5485
    tiggle5485 2 saatler önce

    Some prisoners like men, but all prisoners like ramen

  • c0M1xCR42y
    c0M1xCR42y 2 saatler önce

    the food looks an awful lot like my school's lunch

  • Chris Reid
    Chris Reid 2 saatler önce

    remove the season packet and its worth nothing

  • Astrid Duns
    Astrid Duns 3 saatler önce

    I don’t want chicken noodle, you kidding me?

  • Robert escobar
    Robert escobar 3 saatler önce

    Why are they allowed to have that? Hell no they shouldn't be eating that good

  • Video and Audio Center
    Video and Audio Center 3 saatler önce


  • Collin Strait
    Collin Strait 4 saatler önce

    Crazy idea: give the inmates ramen for some of their meals

  • kassi420
    kassi420 4 saatler önce

    Ramen is valued everywhere get it right

  • Dylan Li
    Dylan Li 4 saatler önce


  • Lil Scooter
    Lil Scooter 4 saatler önce

    Trading my yeezys for 5 packs of ramen.

  • Randy Farrow
    Randy Farrow 5 saatler önce

    Why not just have ramen with the meals?

  • amy otnes
    amy otnes 5 saatler önce

    it can also fix things

  • Andrew Sorensen
    Andrew Sorensen 5 saatler önce

    Damn!! After seeing this, I've got about $1000 in my pantry right now!!

  • G Nemilostiviy
    G Nemilostiviy 6 saatler önce

    Who went and made some ramen after that?

  • iflystuff1
    iflystuff1 7 saatler önce

    Just because you can trade a sweat shirt for 2 Ramen does not mean that the Ramen are worth more. It could easily mean that the sweatshirt is worth less.

  • Homer Ulbrich
    Homer Ulbrich 7 saatler önce


  • Anthony Nicoli
    Anthony Nicoli 7 saatler önce

    You stated that food isn’t just about nutrition but also security. Can you please expand on what you mean by that statement?
    How is food about security?

  • Imirish 21
    Imirish 21 7 saatler önce

    When the Myans used to use cocoa as a currency and ate it too , it's pretty darn cool

  • yoricks217
    yoricks217 7 saatler önce

    Extortion at it's best. 71 cents each for what costs about 15 cents.

  • Aaron nicolaus
    Aaron nicolaus 8 saatler önce

    They use it to fix Broken sinks and walls etc.

  • xFriJJi
    xFriJJi 9 saatler önce

    i was eating ramen while watching

  • Jewels
    Jewels 9 saatler önce

    just saw it in Brooklyn 99 haha. they didn't lie

  • Allan Valverde
    Allan Valverde 9 saatler önce +2

    When jail economy is better than Venezuelas.

  • Joseph Brown
    Joseph Brown 9 saatler önce

    breaking news, ramen is illegal

  • Roger Allan
    Roger Allan 9 saatler önce

    As someone who's past poor choices landed me behind bars, I'm actually grateful to have seen the other side and moremso grateful for you to putting a long overdue spotlight on the epidemic going..literally the food issue is what helped me make sure I don't go back..
    So, on a twisted inhuman way, it works??? Sad statement, imo

  • cooldbz12
    cooldbz12 10 saatler önce +1

    3:16 those meals look like they are enough to live on. they would fill me up.

  • AsianNoRaisin
    AsianNoRaisin 11 saatler önce +1

    Well, if you don’t wanna be eating food for a five year old, don’t go to prison in the first place.

  • Hitman Johnny Sins
    Hitman Johnny Sins 11 saatler önce

    Nahhh you can make drug with ramen

  • Andy Kotz
    Andy Kotz 11 saatler önce

    You gotta crush up the ramen and sprinkle it on top

  • NAME
    NAME 14 saatler önce

    Prisoners : wow we can't buy anything or eat anything good anymore :*(
    Ramen : well yes but actually no

  • Kermit The Mad Titan
    Kermit The Mad Titan 17 saatler önce

    This has been on my recommended for far too long

  • Tomo Angkriwan
    Tomo Angkriwan 17 saatler önce

    I lived in a students' hostel with crappy food for years. I don't even have to watch this to understand it.
    Nowadays, eating my ramen recipe is like a time machine to 1996.

  • ian brooks
    ian brooks 17 saatler önce

    Cause of death - Heart Attack/Stroke

  • Dylan sky
    Dylan sky 18 saatler önce

    Ramen isn't the top trade not even close. Tabasco sauce is worth way more and not to mention DRUGS. If you can get your hands on some drugs you could be a wealthy man pretty quick or stabbed depending.

  • JD Ortiz
    JD Ortiz 18 saatler önce

    i thought it was a joke after watching Brooklyn 99

  • Bismah Shafiq
    Bismah Shafiq 19 saatler önce

    But where do those prisoners get all the ramen from?

  • Oscar Gillette
    Oscar Gillette 20 saatler önce

    How to get rich:
    Step 1: Get an investor.
    Step 2: Take investment to buy a bunch of ramen.
    Step 3: Go to an American prison (just visiting) and use the ramen to buy any goods with value outside of prison.
    Step 4: Sell the goods outside of prison, you should make money because ramen is worth more in prison than out.
    Step 5: profit
    Step 6: repeat

  • paradise train
    paradise train 22 saatler önce

    Maybe ramen is essential in the life of a college kid and in prisons because school is a prison

  • Eric Cash
    Eric Cash 22 saatler önce

    Need to make a food truck that sells ramen prison burritos. Ive been out 7 years i still make atleast 2 dips a week

  • yusuf arhakim
    yusuf arhakim 23 saatler önce

    Dikira di Indonesia aja bama (bahan makanan) Di kurangi. Di luar negeri sama aja makanan napi pada sedikit. Kalau disini mie sedap yg banyak. Indomie terlalu mahal buat napi

  • Yugioh Pokemon
    Yugioh Pokemon 23 saatler önce

    Why are people fighting for ramen if you can get it at the prison store?

  • Prudish Mouse
    Prudish Mouse 23 saatler önce

    THIS ISN’T WHY RAMEN IS SO VALUABLE IN PRISON! The reason it’s so valuable is, because it’s so damn good! 😋🍜

  • Your Local Gamer Grill Vienna

    You know your running literal concentration camps when Ramen is seen as a valuable and money system

  • Tyron Scott Lucena
    Tyron Scott Lucena Gün önce

    You can repair anything with those noodles.

  • Kiara Fuson
    Kiara Fuson Gün önce

    Beef Baby Jake has entered the chat

  • Daniel Garcia
    Daniel Garcia Gün önce

    When i eat ramen, i put eggs in my ramen

  • Cranks
    Cranks Gün önce +1

    Cops: "Sir you're convicted guilty. Follow me."
    Me: *Stuffing ramen into bag* "ok"

  • Robonomix Fallout
    Robonomix Fallout Gün önce +2

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

  • •Xx DaCollieLPS xX•

    -And here I am wishing I could try Ramen-

  • adams holzhaus
    adams holzhaus Gün önce

    Lawful money is defined as: An agreement between two or more.

  • Adolf Fuhrer
    Adolf Fuhrer Gün önce


  • Elizabeth Noll
    Elizabeth Noll Gün önce

    Its kinda scary that the prison food looks better then the food i get in school

  • XGenes Gaming
    XGenes Gaming Gün önce

    Did u know that you can make prison weapon out of ramen? :)

  • UnicycleFish
    UnicycleFish Gün önce

    I’m sad because I’ve never had ramen

  • Kimchi Koalaa
    Kimchi Koalaa Gün önce

    Brooklyn 99 wasn’t lying???

  • Reyrey Eve
    Reyrey Eve Gün önce

    It suprises me to see that westerner love ramen, i tot that only asian loves ramen

  • luis duron
    luis duron Gün önce

    So if u are sentenced to life in prison for stealing 100k worth of ramen.u get a new Kingdoom

  • Jonhy Arenas
    Jonhy Arenas Gün önce

    Lisa: The painful vibes

  • - Flubber -
    - Flubber - Gün önce

    This isn’t great big story

  • spray ferdays
    spray ferdays Gün önce

    Awww is your prison food not good enough?

  • Kangaroo Gamer
    Kangaroo Gamer Gün önce

    Eat raw ramen it taste so good

  • john c
    john c Gün önce

    Any flavor of top ramen
    Sprinkle powder on top
    Tap sides to get powder in the cracks
    Blow off top lightly to remove the rest (or dont if you like salty food)
    Put a slice of cheddar cheese on top
    You're welcome. :)

  • SquaredPotentia
    SquaredPotentia Gün önce

    When every country’s economy goes done hill, we will resort ramen as currency.

  • AlgaeNymph
    AlgaeNymph Gün önce

    I wonder how much ramen I could buy from selling my body...

  • Samuel Desire Mudzengi

    You should interview Kali Muscle on Top Ramen

  • Pedro Harunari
    Pedro Harunari Gün önce +3

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

  • Delkor
    Delkor Gün önce

    Prison: you can't have money
    Prisoner: hold my ramen

  • Rwy801998
    Rwy801998 Gün önce

    Wow, Vox reporting on something interesting for once

  • OneThreeFilms
    OneThreeFilms Gün önce +3

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

  • Benjamin Kline
    Benjamin Kline Gün önce

    What! No new recipes

  • HyperLyne
    HyperLyne Gün önce

    Why was he in and out? Did he not learn his lesson and do petty stuff? I kinda want to know what kind of guy he is

  • Reeceeboy !
    Reeceeboy ! Gün önce

    Yeah of course it's popular in school

  • Matt Cunningham
    Matt Cunningham Gün önce


  • Project Luraz
    Project Luraz Gün önce

    Ew Vox

  • Random Me
    Random Me Gün önce

    Wonder if this would work at school too...

  • BCarey1970
    BCarey1970 Gün önce

    This just shows you that money is a joke!

  • Space Bike Music
    Space Bike Music Gün önce

    It's so valuable because the inmates are starving

  • Ben Rogers
    Ben Rogers Gün önce

    Outro music please?

  • Lauren Nicole
    Lauren Nicole Gün önce

    That & booty hole

  • Davon Dawson
    Davon Dawson Gün önce

    I wonder how much the value is for the Korean ramen 🍜 🍜🍜

  • Dmitriy S
    Dmitriy S Gün önce

    Instant noodles, not ramen

  • it’s just youtube tho


  • FromThe3PointLine
    FromThe3PointLine Gün önce

    Just don't go to prison

  • Sit Down moon
    Sit Down moon Gün önce +2

    It's cause they smoke the flavor packets

  • Tropsele
    Tropsele Gün önce

    Now I want ramen 🍜!!!

  • Luis Viveros
    Luis Viveros Gün önce

    my dad went to jail or prison for a year and he told me when he would get sent to different sections hed have his duffle of top ramen

  • ꧁Slay Queen꧂
    ꧁Slay Queen꧂ Gün önce +1

    I only know it as 2 minute noodles.

  • Crazy Neighbor
    Crazy Neighbor Gün önce

    tobacco and all types of drugs are used as currency in prison

  • SBGC Channel
    SBGC Channel Gün önce

    *Just admit that your here because of NARUTO*

  • wlof
    wlof Gün önce

    Ramen is cheaper than how much the prison food cost, so why not just give ramen to the prisoners? It's consistent and wont have maggots.

  • Carl Wheezer
    Carl Wheezer Gün önce

    Where’s my ramen Lebowski!