“Hey! What Do You Think You’re Doing?!?”
At first glance, I thought I was witnessing an especially brazen tagger (graffiti artist) in action, in broad daylight no less.
I was about to alert the owner of the establishment, a restaurant in Minneapolis’ Wedge neighborhood.
Then, I realized: the person wielding the can of black spray paint wasn’t applying the tag — they were removing it.
According to “the broken windows” theory, criminologists believe that — if ignored – petty crimes like tagging create an environment where more serious crimes eventually flourish.
Lawyers (and former lawyers like myself) recognize this as a version of the “slippery slope” argument.
P.S.: lunch was excellent!