Wednesday, August 3, 2011

A kinder, gentler, real life Breaking Bad, sort of

I had a friend in high school. His mother traveled a lot and didn't take him along for some reason. I think he was about sixteen before she stopped hiring a babysitter, but this probably wasn't a wise move.

When he was fourteen, his mother went out of town for a week and left him with a babysitter. He got up in the morning to go to junior high school. He went out. Got in the car and drove to school.

In high school, his mother left town and he took the opportunity to brew a large batch of beer. It's easy enough to do. It's legal for adults to brew it. I don't know if it's illegal for the young to do.

A few years later, there was a report in the local news. Some high school kids had been arrested. They were preparing to brew a batch of beer for themselves. They had a friend who wanted some, so they were going to give some to him. Then other people heard about it. And more. And soon they were taking advance orders.

They were arrested. I'm not sure what they were charged with and I don't know what happened to them. It doesn't seem like that serious a crime. The greatest legal threat was probably getting sued after a customer gets drunk, tries to drive and hits somebody.

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