Suddenly slutty Halloween costumes don't seem that bad: Today in completely insensitive, inappropriate dirtbag behavior, the largest foreclosure mill in the state of New York is getting really bad press for a Halloween party it threw a year ago. Thanks to an anonymous employee that was appalled at her colleagues' behavior, the world at large now knows that the law firm of Steven J. Baum—which represents Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, and Wells Fargo—once rallied together to dress up like the homeless, complete with costumes, bottles of booze, and a faux row of foreclosed houses named "Baum Estates" (fake foreclosure signs and all). A press person for the firm sent the following statement to Times reporter Joe Nocera: “It has been suggested that some employees dress in [...] attire that mocks or attempts to belittle the plight of those who have lost their homes. Nothing could be further from the truth," continuing on to call the article “another attempt by the New York Times to attack our firm and our work.” If that's what they're calling it these days, there are additional photos of Steven J. Baum foreclosure attorneys making fun of the homeless—aka the Times' fabricated "attack" on the firm—right this way.
· What the Costumes Reveal [NYT]