Mexican Living in Mzansi Surprised by Needles Sold in Dischem in Funny TikTok Video

Mexican Living in Mzansi Surprised by Needles Sold in Dischem in Funny TikTok Video

  • A man from North America living in South Africa could not believe how needles are openly sold in the country
  • He shared a video where he was in Dischem next to boxes of needles, something he is not used to
  • Netizens educated him that needles aren't South Africans' cup of tea

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A Mexican man in South Africa
A Mexican received a culture shock when he saw rows of needles in Dischem. Image: @mexicaninsa
Source: TikTok

A Mexican man living in South Africa cannot believe that pharmacies sell needles to the public.

He laughingly pointed out that this doesn't happen in America because there are too many junkies, and they would all be stolen!

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In a side-splitting video, @mexicsninsa shared how his experience at a Dischem where he saw an aisle full of needles shook him.

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He captioned his post:

"Finally found something that made me laugh because I knew if a different type of American saw these, they would freak out! Too many junkies in America to have these types of medical items sold right off the shelf. They would all be stolen. I'm glad South Africa does not seem to have that problem. Best country!"

In the video, the young Mexican stands next to the needles aisle and is amazed at how openly they are sold.

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Briefly News reached out to @mexicaninsa, whose real name is Jose Ortiz.

After travelling twice to sunny South Africa, Jose decided to stay permanently eight months ago.

He is in love with the food's quality, the rich culture and Amapiano!

He also shared the similarities between Mzansi culture and Mexican culture.

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""In the United States, we often encounter modified beef, vegetables and soy products labeled as different foods. It's refreshing to be in a country that doesn't have much of that. It's been a delight to taste real meat for a change," he said.
"I've travelled to many places, from Johannesburg to Cape Town and Durban. I've had opportunities to interact with a wide range of individuals, and the majority of the people I've talked to have been great individuals with positive attitudes grateful for what they have, and dedicated to their families."
"Being a minority and coming from an ethnic background, I relate to South Africans differently than most Americans or EuroAmericans do. Both South Africans and Mexicans love to braai. Another surprising similarity I discovered is the South African embrace and love for Mexican and Native cultures. We both love Vicks Vaporubs and our moms are experts at delivering tough love."

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We're scared of needles, netizen informs man in comments

South Africans came in droves to point out to the American in South Africa that our fellow countrymen do not have an affinity for needles.

Queen G expressed this in her comment.

"Honestly, our people don't like needles, period. For anything, not even for real medical reasons."

MsHlongwa remarked that although she is a Dischem regular, she has yet to see needles.

"I literally live at Dischem, but I have never noticed that these are even there."

Qhawe Makhaye said he had never seen anyone buying them.

"Come to think of it, I don't think I've seen anyone buying needles before."

Sheebpoy pointed out that junkies in Mzansi can't afford needles and share them.

This phenomenon is called "Bluetooth", where drug users inject themselves and inject each other blood to share the high.

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This has severe health implications.

"To be fair, South African junkies just reuse needles, which is terrible," Sheebpoy said.

Die_Plot pointed out that South African use needles on animals for vaccination purposes.

"We can vaccinate our animals, so we buy needles from right there for our piggies, cows, and sheep."

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In another article, Briefly News reported that an American couple living in SA went bananas over the country's garage pies.

@acrosstheatlantic left TikTokkers confused in a video where they wolved down the pies and went crazy over their deliciousness.

One netizen was shocked that American garages don't sell pies.

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