Nobel-Prize-winning economist and New York Times legend Paul Krugman loves few things more than going for a run. It helps him clear his head and stay grounded.

So what a shame it is when he’s out jogging and witnesses something as disturbing as this:

FYI, Krugman is grieving the loss of his cat Holmes.

And we can certainly believe that Krugman would be very upset, as the loss of a pet can be absolutely devastating.

What we have a more difficult time believing is the rest of Krugman’s account.

Do we hear $2000?