Entire firm of foreclosure lawyers mocked the homeless for Halloween

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Steven J. Baum Halloween party

A series of new photos has proved what many of us already suspected or assumed to be true: lawyers at a "foreclosure mill" firm are terrible, terrible people.

New York Times columnist Joe Nocera posted pictures this weekend sent to him by a former employee of Steven J. Baum, a firm widely known in New York as a "foreclosure mill" for its work helping banks and mortgage companies foreclose on and evict homeowners. The snapshots are from last year's company-wide Halloween party, and, well, they're horrifying.

Multiple pictures show Baum employees in costume as homeless people, like the above shot in which one woman holds a sign reading, "3rd party squatter. I lost my home and I was never served!!" Other pictures, which you can see over at Nocera's column, show the office decorated with "foreclosed homes" and a sign that reads "Baum estates," as well as a "Rest in Peace. Crazy Susie" sign with a photo of Susan Chana Lask, a lawyer who filed a class-action suit against the company for its questionable legal practices.

The source that sent in the pictures says they're typical of the "cavalier attitude" taken by much of the company, even as they're working to throw people out of their homes. Naturally, when asked for comment, a Steven J. Baum representative denied any and all wrongdoing, saying, "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." The spokesman also referred to Nocera's article as "another attempt by the New York Times to attack our firm and our work."

Because really, how else can you possibly respond when you've already committed to being absolutely and unabashedly despicable?