Lawyers from an American firm that deals with home foreclosures have been caught out mocking homeless people in a Halloween prank.
The New York Times reports that on the eve of this year's Halloween festivities in the USA, it was sent pictures of last year's shindig held by the firm Steven J. Baum.
The firm is commonly referred to as the "foreclosure mill" as it acts for big banks such as the Bank of America and JP Morgan when they seek to foreclose on struggling homeowners -- something that would have kept them pretty busy over the last few years.
In pictures published by The New York Times, staff from the firm are seen dressing up to look like they are homeless, with one woman lying under a blanket with a dirty face and holding up a sign that reads "3rd party squatter. I lost my home and I was never served".
Not funny and definitely not a good look.
To be fair to the firm, the person who sent the pics is a former employee. However, those pictures are fairly damning and include a picture of a coffin that reads, "Rest in Peace. Crazy Suzie", in reference to class action lawyer Susan Chana Lask, who has filed a suit against the firm.
The anonymous source said that such pictures demonstrate "a really cavalier attitude at the firm", which she described as lacking compassion in its business dealings.
"It doesn't matter that people are going to lose their homes," said the source.
When the newspaper asked the firm if it mocks people who have lost their homes, the firm responded that "nothing could be further from the truth".
While Folklaw's natural inclination is to tell the unfunny lawyers to stick to their day job, it is not so sure that the firm is even qualified to do that with any degree of professionalism, based on the pictures of its lawyers at play.