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  • Anonymous

    If they are all from Portland they really aren’t putting $1000 into the local economy as much as they are keeping it there.  And if you know the broken window parable they could be doing themselves a disservice.  But currently it is probably still legal to do this.

    • Anonymous

      I think it’s actually the “Parable of the Broken Window”, and you are right it could be a disservice to themselves, but it was probably just disposable income that other wise probably would of been spent on gas just to travel somewhere else.

    • Anonymous

      whine,,whine,,whine,,whine

    • Anonymous

      they could have spent the money buying books on Amazon.  So yes, they did put the money in to the local economy. 

    • David Des Isles

      Sure money could have been spent elsewhere, but the money was not used for purchasing something that had been destroyed. There are too many factors to determine the effect on the global economy, but the net effect on the local economy is probably positive.

    • Anonymous

      So if you own a store, turn them and their $$$ away when they show up. 

  • Anonymous

    Great idea !! More towns in Maine need to attempt this.Buy local,stay local absolutely nothing wrong with this…..

  • Anonymous

    I think it s a great idea. Why do people like to bring up the negative about something good.

    • Anonymous

      Evidently they must be negative thinkers.

  • Anonymous

    It is the cash purchase part that keeps the $ local. No service fees to banks for credit card fees, thus higher profit and more $ to spend locally. This is truly a great thing that keeps us not only as community but as neighbors.  
    Below is a link to and the parable of the broken window:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parable_of_the_broken_windowBastiat's original parable of the broken window from Ce qu’on voit et ce qu’on ne voit pas (1850):Have you ever witnessed the anger of the good shopkeeper, James Goodfellow, when his careless son happened to break a pane of glass? If you have been present at such a scene, you will most assuredly bear witness to the fact that every one of the spectators, were there even thirty of them, by common consent apparently, offered the unfortunate owner this invariable consolation—”It is an ill wind that blows nobody good. Everybody must live, and what would become of the glaziers if panes of glass were never broken?”Now, this form of condolence contains an entire theory, which it will be well to show up in this simple case, seeing that it is precisely the same as that which, unhappily, regulates the greater part of our economical institutions.Suppose it cost six francs to repair the damage, and you say that the accident brings six francs to the glazier’s trade—that it encourages that trade to the amount of six francs—I grant it; I have not a word to say against it; you reason justly. The glazier comes, performs his task, receives his six francs, rubs his hands, and, in his heart, blesses the careless child. All this is that which is seen.But if, on the other hand, you come to the conclusion, as is too often the case, that it is a good thing to break windows, that it causes money to circulate, and that the encouragement of industry in general will be the result of it, you will oblige me to call out, “Stop there! Your theory is confined to that which is seen; it takes no account of that which is not seen.”It is not seen that as our shopkeeper has spent six francs upon one thing, he cannot spend them upon another. It is not seen that if he had not had a window to replace, he would, perhaps, have replaced his old shoes, or added another book to his library. In short, he would have employed his six francs in some way, which this accident has prevented.

  • Anonymous

    This is terrific!  This should happen more often~

  • Conley Raye

    What a great thing to do. Kindness

  • GREAT idea that is a win-win for all – Maine has lost too many bookstores of late.  Please don’t forget though that many of us have stores that are online only.

  • Anonymous

    Best story I’ve read all year!Longfellow is a treasure.

  • HalseyTaylor

    Great idea, but not a new one.  We had a “Cash Mob” in the legislature for thirty years.

    • Anonymous

      OK that was funny.Again true but funny.

  • Anonymous

    A win-win situation for all involved and an example for everybody.

  • Anonymous

    Great idea. I wonder why the Portland Press Herald didn’t cover this. Bangor Daily News is taking over the world.

  • True American spirit still lives on……

  • Anonymous

    Thats freaking awesome,way cool folks.

  • Anonymous

    The cynicism on here never ceases to amaze me.How any body could find fault with this is beyond me,but obviously its not beyond some.

  • Anonymous

    I would love to take part in something like this in the Downeast region!

  • As the popularity and passion for Cash Mobs continues to grow, there are so many individuals who would like to become a part of this fast growing movement. Questions, such as ‘What is a Cash Mob’ and ‘How do I get involved’ are just a few, as interested individuals yearn to help their Local Communities. Here’s a website that can answer some of those questions, plus it’s designed to help educate and promote communities in the planning process as they organize a Cash Mob. http://cashmobmarketing.com  They even offer to design a FREE landing page for each event, so that you can have a digital link to share on your favorite Social Media sites. 

  • What an awesome idea! This needs to happen in Oxford County please! 

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