Saturday, October 29, 2011

What the Costumes Reveal - NYTimes.com

The New York law firm of Steven J. Baum, which represents the banks who foreclose on homeowners,has an annual Halloween party. Which included, at one such party, several staff members dresses as homeless people.What the Costumes Reveal - NYTimes.com
I can’t tell you how people dressed for this year’s party, but I can tell you about last year’s.

That’s because a former employee of Steven J. Baum recently sent me snapshots of last year’s party. In an e-mail, she said that she wanted me to see them because they showed an appalling lack of compassion toward the homeowners — invariably poor and down on their luck — that the Baum firm had brought foreclosure proceedings against.

When we spoke later, she added that the snapshots are an accurate representation of the firm’s mind-set. “There is this really cavalier attitude,” she said. “It doesn’t matter that people are going to lose their homes.” Nor does the firm try to help people get mortgage modifications; the pressure, always, is to foreclose. I told her I wanted to post the photos on The Times’s Web site so that readers could see them. She agreed, but asked to remain anonymous because she said she fears retaliation.

(The usual hat tip to piglipstick for link.)

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