Karma Chameleon Nov23

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Maelie Arocho

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Social Issues – As a Floridian that has been to Fantasy Fest, I can say that Halloween is usually a time when anything goes. Whether you dress up as a terrorist, slutty Freddy Kreuger, or Nyan Cat the holiday serves as a day where you can get away with it in the spirit of Halloween.

One foreclosing firm in New York unfortunately didn’t get the memo that insulting people they just so happen to screw over is bound to bite you in the arse eventually. The Steven J. Baum law firm was one of the leading foreclosure firms in the state, filing more foreclosure proceedings against New York homeowners than any other attorney in New York’s history.

On Halloween 2010, the company decided it would be hilarious to throw a homeless-themed party. The same company that was turning people out of their homes decided to make fun of them. This year Joe Nocera of the New York Times received photos of last year’s festivities and promptly posted an opinion piece about the party.

Soon companies like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac caught wind of the controversy and cut Baum off. If that was not enough the firm was already under fire by the New York Attorney General’s Office and recently forked over $2 million to settle a U.S. Department of Justice investigation.

The negative media attention and investigation proceedings were too much to bear and now the foreclosure firm is closing. Baum wrote to the Times columnist “There is blood on your hands for this one, Joe… I will never, ever forgive you for this,” as though the opinion writer was the one to blame for the distasteful party theme.

Let’s just hope that the employees managed to keep their homeless garments as some of them might need them now.

Read more at Gawker, and to see the Halloween photos visit the New York Times.