difficult child has become very close to a very nice girl and her mother. He really has learned a lot about life's choices and good choices too. Yesterday a third person joined them. They walked to the store. My husband gets a call....Come pick him up. (I was sleeping due to working nights) husband was angry at that point until he gets the story. Three kids go to the store. Look around. difficult child and friend go to the bathroom and get a drink (quite a walk). They return to third person. Pick out something and go pay for it. As they were walking out they were stopped. Third person stole some items when difficult child and friend went to the bathroom. Police were called. difficult child and friend were searched. difficult child said friend flipped out on third person. (rightfully so). difficult child and friend were released to parents at the store. Were told IF they had been with third person when the items were concealed they would of also been charged. husband asked police officer if this will be reflected on difficult child in anyway. Police said no but he had to take names for the report. Third person's parens out of town. Third person was led away in hand-cuffs and taken to police station. difficult child thinks she went to jail. I was surprised they used handcuffs. It was a very small inexpensive item. I am glad they did. This left a very big impression on difficult child. Very upset. Third person was given a fine too. I spoke with difficult child, he is so upset. Said he had no idea this person did that. I told him he was lucky he wasn't charged since he was with. We talked about what to do if he IS with someone that does this. I told him to leave, but I don't know if that is a solution. What would be?? Third person called him later in the night. Told difficult child they did not get in any trouble, parents picked up, let person go. This person was actually out at the movies!!!!! !!!!!! !!!!! Still, the memory of the handcuffs left an impression. He was told he is not allowed in this store any more. I don't understand that. If he didn't know...(camera's) why can't he go to the store?