The man who broke windows for real

As the Mises Economics Blog says, this “actually did happen”

Times were so tough for window repairman Timothy Carl Klenke, police say, that he decided to take proactive measures: He armed himself with a slingshot and began cruising around the city, shattering at least five windows and car windshields as he went.


Baker said Klenke, who was arrested Monday, had planned to contact the victims later and offer to repair the windows for a fee.

“I’m sure it has something to do with the economy,” Baker said. “Everybody is hurting now.”

There is always somebody who encounters such an idea for the first time; the reason this story is newsworthy from an economics standpoint is – “The Broken Window Fallacy”.

The Mises blog has the last word – “The police caught him and, because he was a private individual instead of a state, now he is in trouble for his attempt to stimulate the economy.”

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  • Pramod Biligiri  On February 8, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    This made my day! That quote was awesome!

  • Aristotle The Geek  On February 8, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    The quote is part of the – if you kill one, you are a murderer; if you kill millions, you are a statesmen – genre; the politics of scale.

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