So, Meth and Tweakers are cool now? (a rare TRIGGER WARNING)… but a read for the sheltered breaking bad “fan”
It seems that everyone is all turned on to Breaking Bad and how badass it is to be a “meth cooker”. They’re even throwing meth themed parties and shit.
Well, as someone who had to deal with tweakers,cookers and their kind for 3 years while I was unemployed and driven to drive a taxi to make ends meet, I cannot fathom why. This is because the show sanitizes, glorifies and pretty much lies about meth users, dealers and the culture.
You see, cabs are the only transport a Tweaker can take since most have either sold their forms of transport for more meth, or who have so many warrants and suspensions on their licenses that it’s the only choice. I have had to take part in some of the most detestable acts in order to fulfill my lease to the cab company. Some of these thing that the TV show does not mention (and can’t get away with mentioning):
- The monthly “tweaker move” where a tweaker and their fuck buddy bag up what possessions they haven’t sold to skip out on the lease of whatever weekly motel/apartment they have found that month. This is done at 2AM and is usually funded by whatever poor bastard was walking unarmed home and the male tweaker stabs or beats them with a rock or some such thing. It usually winds up as cab fare payment in the form of the mugged guy’s iPhone or an attempt to trade his tennis shoes or pants for cab fare.
- Driving a tweaker dad to some dingy crashpad with his 6 year old daughter so he can pimp her out for more meth. Usually involves bitching about how the girl is worthless, arguments with the babymomma on the prepaid cricket mobile phone while the girl quietly sobs after being raped several times earlier that night
- The weekly drop off of a teenager (usually under 16) who is dumped in a cab by their tweaker “friends” after giving the driver a $20 and a bogus address. By the time the driver gets the kid, they are so far gone you have two choices: Call the cops/drop them of at the nearest hospital or just dump them on the side of the road because they juts shoved a dead kid in the back of the cab. If you think this is some movie bullshit, you’re wrong. It happens every night in America, especially places like Detroit, Phoenix, Florida, Houston and other meth-capitals
- The guy who is so perma fried that they try to have you drive them to their parent’s address from 20 years ago as they take a bottle of rubbing alcohol they bought at the dollar store to scrub off more of the “bugs” while in the back of the car. Sometimes they have a crisis where their brain shuts down the part of their brain that remembers how to open a door or how you are not some government agent taking them to concentration camp. This part usually involves violence against the driver. During these episodes I have been stabbed 3 times, shot once, bludgeoned or punched more than I can count and even bitten. That last part is the part EMT’s and cops fear. They call it “Zombie bite”, and like fight bite, it comes from the infection that set in from a human’s bite. But, since most tweakers have Hepatitis, HIV and dental conditions that are a little worse than a corpse. The level of infection is so bad I’ve see drivers bitten by tweakers end up in hospital for WEEKS and end up on medication for far longer
- Of course the transport of all sorts of stolen goods. They will steal anything: Insulin machines from nursery schools, family heirlooms and pictures to sell to “scrapbookers” on craigslist (where do you think a lot of those Craigslist finds come from?), pills and prescriptions (regardless ifyou can get high on them or not), kids clothing by the pound and of course… copper and steel stripped from anything and anywhere. Most of the stolen stuff comes from friends and family first, but soon they resort to any door they can sneak through and pry open. If they haven’t been completely destroyed by meth, they eventually resort to blunt violence, preying on other tweakers or anyone who seems weaker. They won’t dare challenge anyone who seems stronger or smarter…. but it does sometimes happen. Why do you think cabbies carry one or more guns? If one says they don’t, they are lying or it’s their first week.
- The other thing you will never see on the show are the tweakers who have chewed off parts of their own body, or who have scraped their skin the bone with a wire brush out of compulsion. Or tweakers who are so fried they don’t remember how to read, use a telephone or even communicate. These are people you won’t see in daylight, or outside the worst parts of town in mixed society because they are literally zombies. Their brains are so eaten away, their homes are covered in filth, with no power or running water. They will try to make their own meth at this point by mixing whatever chemicals they hear about. Microwaving ammonia and battery acid with salt thinking that it will produce meth? Seen it. Carbon Tetrachloride and benzene cooked in a toaster oven? Seen that. They become so desperate for a fix they will smoke and drink anything. And they all have been in my cab.
Driving a cab was the single most demoralizing thing in my life. I had to not only be around these eventual failures of society, but depend on my income from them. What they show on television program may seem tragic for entertainment sake, but meth cookers are far worse. They take anything as payment for their drug, and purposely make it potent for the ones they don’t like. Need a fix but don’t have cash? Your 8 year old daughter or son for the night will suffice… for now. Or perhaps getting them a few gallons of pure ammonia from the AC repair shop in gallon milk jugs for a hit (when one ounce of ammonia in your lungs and bloodstream is enough to kill you, even when you inhale it). They don’t care, and will do anything to make the money for it.
Anyone who doesn’t think what I have written is true has never met a real tweaker and thinks TV is real. They don’t have the scars, the nightmares and the damage I had spending three LONG years being forced to cater to these monsters on all levels. I don’t even tell people I used to drive a cab, since in Phoenix they are viewed as the tweaker’s only friend. Ask any cop how bad a REAL tweaker is, and they will probably insist they should be treated like the TV zombies after they are hooked (Which is usually after the first hit, it is that potent).
double tap to the head