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Evil ‘Homeless Costume Party’ Eviction Firm Closing, For Being Evil

Guess these pictures won't be going on the company Xmas card again this year after all!

Whoops! It is apparently Not Okay as of “since Occupy Wall Street started” for the sadistic owner of a foreclosure mill to openly mock the struggling families it makes truckloads of money throwing out of their homes by forcing its employees to costume themselves as homeless people for Halloween, so Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac decided to “evict” the law firm of Steven J. Baum from its referral list, for not having the decency of every other government-supported jillion-dollar corrupt business to just have their laffs at the poor in private. Without all these referrals, the firm is being forced to close down.

From the Buffalo News:

This month, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the mortgage- finance companies operating under U.S. conservatorship, dropped Steven J. Baum PC from their lists of law firms eligible to handle foreclosures. Servicers including Bank of America Corp. and Ally Financial Inc. also stopped using the firm, which last month agreed to pay the U.S. $2 million and change its practices to resolve a probe of faulty foreclosure filings.

“Disrupting the livelihoods of so many dedicated and hardworking people is extremely painful, but the loss of so much business left us no choice but to file these notices,” Steven J. Baum, who owns the firm, said in the statement.

Yes, it IS very sad that these people are all losing their jobs, which we sincerely hope they hated anyway, because Steven J. Baum is the only actual person who deserved to lose his job, for being Satan. [Buffalo News]

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        1. comrad_darkness

          I love snow. We should start a club. I don't, however, particularly like Buffalo. Hope that's not a requirement of the club.

          1. comrad_darkness

            You do have to adjust the rib recipe, it's a very lean meat. But tasty, as teebob has already said.

          2. jus_wonderin

            Tomorrow, as I do every Thanksgiving, I am making lunch for the crew. Each year I make Stew (to the count of two huge slow cookers).

            Sadly, the company has outgrown Two Cookers Stew (I am too cheap to buy a third cooker) and I will make Red Beans and Rice.

            Looking to the future, if we continue to grow…I fear I will just throw crackers at them and douse them with spray cheese.

  1. SorosBot

    Another firm closing down? Great, the legal market is already over-saturated as it is making really tough for us JDs to find a decent job.

    1. RavenRant

      If you're not world famous for being incompetent, unethical, and a rampaging asshole, you have a competitive advantage over these folks.

  2. OkieDokieDog

    Bummer. Well there goes Steven J.'s Wall Street / K Street ticker tape parade. Maybe FOX has a job for the poor bastard.

    1. Tundra Grifter

      Why doesn't Cluster Fox interview him ranting and raving about paying for your neighbor's house your neighbor can't afford and then he can become even more famous? This could be the birth of the Douche Bag Party.

  3. SexySmurf

    Disrupting the livelihoods of so many dedicated and hardworking people is extremely painful

    Really? I thought that was your business model.

    1. Biel_ze_Bubba

      Disrupting the livelihoods of so many dedicated and hardworking people without getting paid for it is extremely painful.

      Fixed if for ya, ya Baum. Yer welcome.

  4. Mahousu

    "Disrupting the livelihoods of so many dedicated and hardworking people is extremely painful …
    … but hey, it was our business model," Baum said.

  5. SorosBot

    "Disrupting the livelihoods of so many dedicated and hardworking people is extremely painful"

    Why don't they all just go get jobs?

  6. HarryButtle

    Oh, and I don't think I agree with this:

    "Yes, it IS very sad that these people are all losing their jobs, which we sincerely hope they hated anyway, because Steven J. Baum is the only actual person who deserved to lose his job, for being Satan."

    Anybody who mocked the innocent victims of this financial debacle by dressing up as a hobo and partying the night away deserves whatever shitstorm befalls him. The boss was a dick, but it appears that the employees weren't much better and they deserve a helluva lot worse than having to stand in the unemployment line.

    1. GOPCrusher

      One would hope that these people would learn a life lesson from this, but it's highly doubtful.
      They probably consider themselves as casualties in the class war.

    2. Biel_ze_Bubba

      Satan libel! But, eh, I'm used to it — and besides, my army of lawyers always has room for new recruits.

  7. CrunchyKnee

    Mocking the poors and making all your monies off the tax dollars of American citizens via the evil government, (where most of it goes to some Randian Fucktard) is the American Way(TM). The invisble hand and the "free" market have spoken!

    1. Lascauxcaveman

      All the un-occupied houses in Buffalo? Close your eyes and pick any house.

      You'll be right more than half the time.

  8. SayItWithWookies

    Welcome to the reality you helped create, assholes. And here's a little survival tip — when you're making conversation at the soup kitchen, you might want to say you did something besides work as a foreclosure lawyer — like maybe say instead that you were a concentration camp guard.

    1. Lionel[redacted]Esq

      Everyone knows the big money is in being a Historian. Why do you think they get all the hot chicks.

  9. BaldarTFlagass

    Hey, now-unemployed assholes who made fun of people that lost their homes: maybe you can go join up at OccupyBuffalo. You got nothing else to do nowadays.

  10. RavenRant

    I love how the affidavits and notarizations they filed are referred to as 'faulty' and 'sloppy'.

    The correct term is forged. And by submitting them as valid, the attorneys committed perjury.

    1. Generation[redacted]

      Just like the use of clubs and pepper spray against OWS may be referred to as "faulty" and "sloppy."

  11. flamingpdog

    Severance package includes a 2 x 2 piece of cardboard, a black felt tip pen, and a six-pack of reconstituted hobo beans, from China (melamine-enhanced).

  12. widestanceshakedown

    Please tell me there's an Adopt-a-Cad program for these nouveau poors wherein we can send them Monopoly money and photos of food and clothing in their time of need.

  13. GregComlish

    I've got a job for that red head. Tell her she should bring the bottle in the brown paper bag when she reports for duty.

    1. RavenRant

      I will contribute a sack of lightly salted poisoned rat dicks. I'll even spoon feed the motherfucker.

  14. actor212

    Servicers including Bank of America Corp. and Ally Financial Inc. also stopped using the firm, which last month agreed to pay the U.S. $2 million and change its practices to resolve a probe of faulty foreclosure filings.

    Probably hired illiterate illegal immigrants at less than minimum wage to fill out the forms.

  15. BaldarTFlagass

    Maybe sign-holding chick can steal some cardboard-colored white-out as she leaves the office and change her sign.

  16. ColonelDoctor

    This is my favorite: "In the wake of those photos and national stories, politicians, consumer advocates, and even other attorneys denounced him for a lack of sensitivity, and the mortgage industry quickly began to distance itself."

    Even other attorneys! Hahahahaha!

  17. x111e7thst

    Hey maybe Newt will become president and change the child labor laws so their pre-teen children can get jobs and support them.

  18. Woodshedding

    Yeah, on the one hand it's nice of some people to want to blame the owners more than the wage-earners. On the other hand, if you choose to work for a foreclosure mill, that's exactly what you've done – choose. Maybe no other job was [easily] available right then; but anyone who claims they were forced to take an evil job, unless it was literally at gunpoint, is just too effing lazy to face the inconvenience of changing their lives in whatever ways necessary to keep from screwing their fellow man… for money.

  19. prommie

    I would hit the one on the left. Now that she will soon be homeless, maybe I stand a better chance, what with having a house and an ample supply of hobo beans.

    1. jus_wonderin

      Is it legal to entice sexy-sexy with Hobo Beans? Must they be warmed up?

      Edit: I pre-edited my next thought. It was just to rude for Wonkette.

    2. Master Janitor V572

      As an attorney yourself, do you take a sanguine view of the firm's activities? And did you read the unintentionally hilarious article in yesterday's NYT about how law firms have to spend two years training new graduates how to file papers and do other practical law thingies because they spend their entire law-school careers as slave labor in the law-review content-generation mines?

      1. Biel_ze_Bubba

        Law school is the ultimate example of the old saw, "Those who can't do, teach."
        (I LOLd at the anonymous prof who observed "… the academy wants people who are not sullied by the practice of law.")

        Fact is, the 'second tier' schools do teach practical law … but the fancy firms don't hire from those schools.

  20. Callyson

    "Disrupting the livelihoods of so many dedicated and hardworking people is extremely painful, but the loss of so much business left us no choice but to file these notices”
    Want to know what's even more painful? Being thrown out of your house without proper due process, for starters…
    Glad to hear this firm is gone. Now, on to Skank of America…

  21. owhatever

    Let us not forget that these unfortunate new jobless folks are people, too, and deserving of our thoughts in their time of need. My thought: Screw them.

  22. Eve8Apples

    The unemployed hobos formerly of Steven J. Baum Law Firm PC will be enjoying a big plate of roasted crow instead of brine soaked turkey this Thanksgiving. Welcome to the disenfranchised class assholes!

  23. jus_wonderin

    “While Dorothy was looking earnestly into the queer, painted face of the Scarecrow, she was surprised to see one of the eyes slowly wink at her. She thought she must have been mistaken at first, for none of the scarecrows in Kansas ever wink; but presently the figure nodded its way down from the fence and walked up to it, while Toto ran around the pole and barked.”

  24. GorzoTheMighty

    Maybe they can take a bath then get a job as pepper spray dispensers. They have experience after all. Fuckwits.

    1. MzNicky

      Well OF COURSE it's the media's fault. Without the damn lying liberal media, the shitbags would get away with all their shit.

    2. not that Dewey

      I think Joe Nocera "foreclosed" in his pants when he read that email:

      Mr. Nocera — You have destroyed everything and everyone related to Steven J. Baum PC. It took 40 years to build this firm and three weeks to tear down.

      I would totally gay-marry Joe Nocera after reading that article.

  25. Eve8Apples

    This Thanksgiving, I will say a grateful prayer to the magic, baby Santa Jeebus for giving the cocksuckers at Steven J. Baum Law Firm PC a big helping of Karma.

  26. elviouslyqueer

    Baum was just carrying out orders.

    Saaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay, you know who else was just carrying out orders?

  27. awwalk56

    Karma has a fleet of dump trucks they fill everyday with fresh shit, evidently Steven J. Baum PC were on the list of deliveries. Merry christmas assholes. I made a few signs for the newly unemployed Steven J. Baum PC crew. They say 'WILL SUCK COCK FOR FOOD'!

  28. El Pinche

    OMFG…look at the rationale in this comment from a Baum sympathizer or whatever:

    Okay, who is going to handle the foreclosures for the banks that actually did the robosigning now. Someone needs to handle foreclosures or does one not need to pay a mortgage. Now you have hundreds more without jobs ..more diarrhea

    Two words: bootstraps baby

    1. Guppy

      If I were that commenter, I'd be more concerned about all of our country's robosigning jobs getting outsourced.

    2. elviouslyqueer

      Oh yea, she's the same tourism booster who bitched at the Buffalo News for basically forcing people out of the city. The stupidity, it astounds.

  29. Guppy

    OK, Grammar Nazi time!

    While we enjoy our schadenfreude at this news, please remember that this is neither irony nor karma. Irony would have been their office getting foreclosed upon, and karma would have been falling off a ladder and breaking a bone or two.

    Rather, the source of our pleasure is "they broke the law and got fined into oblivion," as well as "biting the hand that feeds you by pissing off the public when your main clients are government-sponsored."

    We now return to your regularly scheduled comments.

    1. banana_bread

      Irony would have been their office getting foreclosed upon

      Give it a couple months and I'm sure there will be proper irony.

    2. MzNicky

      "Karma" means "action." As in, what you do is what you get. Thus, by participating gleefully and willingly in the creation of home loss for others who fell on hard times, now they indeed might also experience the same. So yeah, karma, pretty much.

  30. ttommyunger

    115 Comments down and nobody said it? Well done, Wonkette. Don't know exactly what the procuring cause of this Hellish cult's demise was, but the Mighty W. was in there pitching and I for one, appreciate it.

  31. Rotundo_

    Gosh, you mean that being a bit over zealous and overstepping your duties and mocking the people you are booting out of their homes might make you less appealing as a business? Who Da Thunkit? If ever an enterprise deserved to swirl down the bowl and into the economic sewer, these lovely folk do. It sounds like the parties were a pretty damned good time while they lasted, but they didn't and the world is a better place with this lot thrown on the ash heap of history and us moving along. I would say that I wish them well, but frankly, I wish them as well as those they wronged the most. Here's hoping the burn is long and unpleasant.

  32. GOPCrusher

    Generally, I feel bad for people that are losing their jobs, especially as the Holiday Season begins. Seriously, I don't know how many times I've seen companies announce that they intend to close the doors or issue massive layoffs, shortly after the first of the new year. And they always manage to do it sometime after Labor Day.
    But not this time. Fuck you, you fucking fucks. And I hope someone recognizes you standing in line at the Food Stamp office and kicks you square in the fucking head.

  33. rickmaci

    "No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend's or of thine own were: any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee." John Donne (1572-1631)

    Old lesson, painfully relearned.

  34. NYNYNYjr

    Poor Stephen J Baum will have to retire now and think of ways he can spend his millions and millions dollars of ill-gotten wealth in Bali.

  35. datateday

    This must be a holiday collaboration: Fake bums on Halloween – Real bums on Thanksgiving. There's no way they can be otherwise on another holiday, except that they're just bums on every regular day of the year.

  36. Negropolis

    Disrupting the livelihoods of so many dedicated and hardworking people is extremely painful…

    The irony; she burns! Yes, disrupting the livelihoods of so many customers is extremely painful. Now, you know how it feels. Eat your sin; eat it up with a fuckin' spoon and like it.

    Shit just got real, didn't it, Baum?

  37. sageaqua

    I love poetic justice! I believe if karma! I remember what being homeless did to me. I find myself supporting putting these people out of work. I would never hirer them. Their victims may never go home again but justice has found a beginning perhaps for the first time in a very long time.

  38. lulzmonger


    … & nothing of value was lost.

    Eagerly awaiting follow-up story of staffers SHOCKED that another pack of bipedal jackals have just foreclosed on their bungalow.

    PROTIP: the squatting-spots located over or adjacent to heating ducts are prime real-estate.

  39. Zombie_Reagan

    "But what may have hastened the firm's demise were photos that recently emerged into the national spotlight from the firm's Halloween party last year, at which Baum employees dressed up as foreclosure victims and attorneys, mocking and ridiculing them."

    Sweet, sweet schadenfreude….

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