MAMA MIA! Thai instant noodles are used as ‘money’ in American prisons

In American prison and need some cigarettes? Or want someone to cover your work shift in the dining hall? You can pay people for their goods and services in American prisons with Thai instant noodles!

Apparently, Thai instant noodles are all the rage in the U.S. slammer, and are so prized for their delicious, spicy flavors that they can be used instead of money to barter for good and services.

However, we’re not sure if we’ll see Mama or the other brands reaching out to this customer market with convict-specific advertising campaigns.

Malee Choklamlert, director-general of the International Trade Promotion Department, has announced that it’s the range of flavors, many of them very exotic to American taste buds, that have made them so popular in jail.

Malee noted that the noodles are so highly valued that they are used as cash!

To be fair, American prisoners aren’t allowed to carry money in jail, so they often have complex barter systems in which much-desired items are used instead of cash to barter with other prisoners, reported Bangkok Post.

Different products have different values and, apparently, Thai noodles are one of the most valuable items.

Now you know what to pack… in case you end up going to jail in the U.S.

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