Foreclosure firm gets an earful for homeless-themed Halloween party
blog by S.J. Velasquez • November 03, 2011 @ 9:01am
The law firm of Steven J. Baum in Amherst represents banks and mortgage companies foreclosing on homes. The law firm also represents the homeless by dressing up as them for Halloween.
Last week, the New York Times published an article about the 2010 costume party after a former employee of the law firms submitted photos to the paper. The columnist, Joe Nocera, received the photos via email from the former employee who wanted him “to see them because they showed an appalling lack of compassion toward the homeowners.”
The photos, which were published online in a NYT photo gallery, went on to—obviously—catch the nation’s attention. Steven J. Baum, himself, finally responded to the insensitive images with the following statement, the Associated Press reports:
“I again want to sincerely apologize for the inappropriate costumes worn by some of our employees at our Halloween Party in 2010. It was in extremely poor taste and I take full responsibility” ... “I know people were extremely offended and people have every right to be upset with me and my firm.”