Culture shock

Prisoner culture shock after 12 years in prison: Coles and Woolworths tap and go, UberEats and cars

Australian prisoner shares the culture shock he suffered re-entering society after 12 YEARS – from paying with an iPhone to UberEats and his wife’s VERY modern new car

  • A prisoner revealed the culture shock of reentering the world after 12 years
  • He said when he left there was no Uber Eats or payment wave technology
  • He said he almost broke the screen of his new phone trying to tap and pay
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An Australian who spent 12 years behind bars has revealed the enormous culture shock that comes with being released around the world after a long sentence.

The former prisoner said the shock started when his wife picked him up from prison – in a car that didn’t exist in 2010.

Speaking on the Kyle and Jackie O Show on KIIS 1065, the man said when he went to jail Uber Eats didn’t exist and Michael Jackson was still alive.

A man who spent 12 years behind bars has revealed the enormous culture shock that accompanies his release to the world after such a long sentence

“The world is a completely different place,” he said.

But it was a trip to Woolworths that really left the ex-con shaken.

“My wife had given me an iPhone and set up face ID and then we headed over to Woolies to buy some fruit and veg,” he told the popular hosts.

“She said you have to tap your phone on the tap and leave and I almost broke the screen,” he laughed.

Prisoners reveal the biggest culture shocks after serving long sentences

* ‘UberEats and existing food delivery services – mind blowing stuff’

* “The first day I went to McDonald’s and they changed the soda fountains to touchscreen and let you add flavors and stuff blew my mind”

* “I’ve heard that carpeted floors are pleasantly shocking after years of walking on nothing but cement”

* “I was quite shocked by all the smartphone apps could do. I knew about this stuff because I was in a low security unit, but I really had a hard time adjusting to Seeing and hearing about this used stuff is a huge difference to actually using it’

* ‘I spent more than 5 years in prison, I was especially amazed by smart TVs with netflix and browsers directly in the TV. And the internet speeds also blew me away’

* ‘My mind was blown by Tinder and Uber. I had trouble grasping touchscreens or couldn’t quite see why they were better than buttons. I had never even had a debit card and paid for everything in cash before entering. I lost it when I saw people typing on their phones to pay for stuff’

* ‘My uncle came back from prison after 20 years or something because of something I’m not aware of but I told my home robot to turn on the living room lights when we walked in, I looked back and his face was like he just saw a ghost. Funniest shit I’ve ever seen’

* “You can order pizza at Domino’s with Alexa/Echo Dot from the sofa and change the TV channel”

* ‘Women. After 12 years locked up a ton has changed! I had no idea how to read women. I used to call them and talk to them on the phone. They blew me up real quick but texted me two minutes later. Wtf? Some girls met me without ever having met me or talking on the phone. It was so amazing to me’

* ‘A colleague of mine served 17 years. Modern vehicles and smartphones have blown him away. Think about some of the things a car/truck has made in the last 5 years, compared to a model from the late 90s’

* My father was a prison counselor for over 12 years. He told me that inmates often talk about wanting to feel their bodies submerged in water. Take a bath, swim, etc. There are only showers, so the feeling of being weightless, floating, submerged was something these men would fantasize about.

The hosts laughed, explaining to the man that there’s a difference between a prison faucet and a real-world faucet.

“You don’t do anything easy in jail,” Kyle said.

The man said he heard from jail and even found ways to be received on a small portable radio during a strict 17-day Covid lockdown.

But those little moments didn’t prepare him for all the changes.

Man phones Kyle and Jackie O to let them know their relationship can survive jail time

Man phones Kyle and Jackie O to let them know their relationship can survive jail time

“I got spat at 7am, my wife picked me up in this car that I had never seen before,” he said.

“I spent 25 minutes staring at the scoreboard and then said hello.”

He said he was also disappointed when he tried to find the radio hosts – only to find they had changed stations since he was gone.

The unnamed former inmate called radio hosts after they questioned whether the relationship could survive a prison sentence.

He said he and his wife were just as in love as they were when he left, describing them as a success story.

The man is still on parole as he has only been out of prison for seven weeks, but says things are going well.

“I’ve had a job since the day I got out,” he said proudly.