In response to public backlash against them, Goldman Sachs has been going out of its way to apologize for how well they have performed post-crisis. They have canceled their holiday Christmas party, and it's said that the firm has discouraged others from holiday cheer (though a spokesperson tells us that's not true). They have set up an initiative to help small businesses. They have picked up an unconscionably high veterinary bill for some stray kittens. But they're willing to go further. What do you have for them? A couple thousand plates of yams gummed by homeless people? Great. Perfect. Sign them up.
The Salvation Army, along with Marc Spooner, a winner of the Food Network's Chopped TV contest, is planning to give away 10,000 dinners next week. According to the AP:
Three hundred employees of Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Wall Street's richest firm, have volunteered for the holiday feast and will be tasked with taking out the garbage.
"Goldman wants their volunteers to sweat," joked Spooner.
If this doesn't help to quell public outrage, the board is going to have to go with their backup plans of distributing hair shirts to everyone at Christmas, and sending Lloyd Blankfein to Calcutta for a photo op with some lepers.