“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!

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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