“It’s against the law, all right,” said my father, “and it’s certainly bad, but when a man spends his relief checks on green whiskey his children have a way of crying from hunger pains. I don’t know of any landowner around here who begrudges those children any game their father can hit.”

– Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird, Chapter 3. Atticus explains to Scout why Bob Ewell is allowed to hunt out of season and break the law. Everyone is aware that his children are starving because he spends his welfare checks on alcohol.