Meth dealers are always the people you'd least expect. That's the lesson AMC's Breaking Bad taught us, and they're not far off, at least in North Korea, where even middle-aged divorcees become meth dealers.
Park Kyung Ok was a coal mine worker before getting stiffed on her wages, so to support her children and disabled sister, she turned to the meth-dealing scene to earn a living, and did pretty well for herself.
Park would travel to and from neighboring North Korean cities to pick up her stash, hiding it in a candy box on the journey. Park would sell her meth customers at a bike repair stand hiding drugs inside of spare bike parts.
Maybe Park saw one too many Breaking Bad episodes, but either way, Park saw the error in her ways after she found out her daughter sniffed some meth...to help her study. No joke.
North Korea's sentiments on meth are vastly different from our own. In North Korea, meth is offered as soon as you walk into someone's house, used as a study enhancer, and even as cold medecine. Almost no stigma is attached to meth, as North Koreans think (according to the LA Times) that:
[Meth] is like drinking coffee when you're sleepy, but...so much better."
A little scary to think of a nation that views meth so casually. North Korea actually has very lax drug laws, with weed legalized and opium sold on the regular. Will North Korea become the Amsterdam of Asia, with meth-coffee shops? Probably not.
Still, the idea of a mother-meth dealer is still kind of cute and would make a great tv show, just saying.For more on weird international news, follow Michael on Twitter @MDalimonte Source