Steven J. Baum, according to The New York Times, is a “foreclosure mill,” which means it represents banks and mortgage companies who are trying to foreclose on people’s homes and kick them out of those properties.
Every year, the firm has a big Halloween bash. The costumes people wore to these parties were unknown—until a former employee emailed photos to the Times from last year’s Halloween party.
Long story short, the Halloween décor and employees’ costumes could suggest, let’s say, a lack of compassion for people who are losing their homes.
From Joe Nocera’s article:
“A third photograph shows a corner of Baum’s office decorated to look like a row of foreclosed homes. Another shows a sign that reads, ‘Baum Estates’—needless to say, it’s also full of foreclosed houses. Most of the other pictures show either mock homeless camps or mock foreclosure signs—or both.”