For most teenagers, breaking the law means an unhappy interaction with the police.
In a case involving a 13-year-old from Tempe, Arizona, police supplied a new skateboard instead of a ticket.
A post to the Tempe Police Department's blog explains officers were called to a local public transport platform to pick up a gang of teenagers trespassing during the early hours of the morning.
One of the young boys, identified only as Tyler, reportedly came from a "significantly impoverished home" he tried to avoid returning to whenever possible.
Lt. Mike Pooley told KTAR it was immediately evident the situation was bad, saying,
When the officers dropped him off, they saw that he didn't like to be at home because of the conditions that were at home. It is one of those things that he wanted to be out with his friends, he wanted to be out away from his environment.
Tyler's life was already difficult enough without the strain of an extra financial burden.