Douchebags of the Week

No, make that the Month.  Maybe even the Year.  Or possibly the decade, since the photos you’re about to feast your eyes on are from last year.

Here’s a taste: this is a couple of law firm employees at their firm’s Hallowe’en party last year.  They’re “dressed up” as homeowners who’ve been foreclosed on, something the firm facilitates in the employ of the Big Banks:

Hardee-har-har.

The story:

On Friday, the law firm of Steven J. Baum threw a Halloween party. The firm, which is located near Buffalo, is what is commonly referred to as a “foreclosure mill” firm, meaning it represents banks and mortgage servicers as they attempt to foreclose on homeowners and evict them from their homes. Steven J. Baum is, in fact, the largest such firm in New York; it represents virtually all the giant mortgage lenders, including Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and Wells Fargo.

The party is the firm’s big annual bash. Employees wear Halloween costumes to the office, where they party until around noon, and then return to work, still in costume. 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.

Read the rest and look at the other photos of these partying pigfuckers and have your mind blown.  There is something Seriously Wrong with these people.

And this is why I support Occupy Wall Street despite my admitted ambivalence about our version of the same in Canada.  This wouldn’t happen in Canada: largely because we had no foreclosure crisis for these slimy scum-ridden weasels to mock, but also because Canadians don’t seem to be infected with this kind of mindless, soulless malevolence.  Not even the worst of us.

4 Responses to “Douchebags of the Week”


  1. 1 Beijing York Saturday, October 29, 2011 at 9:06 am

    Really disgusting.

  2. 2 JJ Saturday, October 29, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Hi Beijing
    Yeah… I actually found this story almost physically sickening.

    I’ve never been foreclosed on, but it’s got to be one of the worst things that can happen to someone given how emotionally invested we tend to be in our homes. I can’t begin to imagine what people must go through in that situation but it must be horrendous. Especially when there’s a family involved, which probably most of them were.

    And then for these assholes, who facilitate the process, to turn around & make fun of it… it’s just surreal 😦

  3. 3 Beijing York Saturday, October 29, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    I totally agree, JJ. I still have yet to be a home owner but hope to do so someday soon. But I can say that the threat of being evicted from a rental unit is also very cruel.

  4. 4 JJ Sunday, October 30, 2011 at 8:20 am

    Losing one’s home is always a bit traumatic, even if its a rental unit.
    I’ve been evicted… more than once 😆 back when I was a teenager/young 20-something. (Landlords didn’t like my entourage of drunks and stoners that followed me around 24/7.) Getting evicted was always disruptive & depressing to say the least: it made for a bit of a scramble to find a new “pad”. And that’s for a fairly flexible, mobile teenager in a renter’s market. It must be awful for someone with a family in this current market.


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