Police punish responsible arsonists

OK, let’s just say you’re a teenager who likes to set things on fire. Who doesn’t, really? But let’s say you like to do it a lot. But at the same time, setting stuff on fire can have consequences. So how does one separate one’s pyromania from results like property damage and a police record?

The responsible thing to do would be to become a volunteer fireman and respond to your own fires – which is what two kids from Tennessee did:

Two volunteer firefighters in southeastern Tennessee have been charged with intentionally setting a vacant house on fire and then responding to it as Mowbray Mountain Volunteer firefighters… Both men were released on $5,000 bonds.

Now this would be a different story if they were somehow making money off of this, like in that Simpsons episode where they go from accepting rewards for putting out fires to starting fires for the purposes of responding to them in order to loot the house. And still it’s not good to burn shit down. BUT if you’re going to burn down a house, this would be the best way to do it. And it’s probably the most ideal case for restorative justice. They shouldn’t have  to go to jail or pay huge fines to bureaucrats. Just make them repair the damages.


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