First the banks took advantage of the sweet and unsuspecting nature of Alex Pemberton and Susan Reboyras by allowing them to sign up for a mortgage they couldn’t afford. Then, after they decided under the advice of a lawyer, to whom they paid $1,500, to stop paying said mortgage and live rent-free until the bank foreclosed on their home, the Times took advantage of them by writing about it.
It’s not that the Times got any of the facts wrong, per se, it was just that once they saw it all spelled out in black-and-white like that, they kind of sounded like deadbeats. “If I didn’t know it was me,” Pemberton told the St. Petersburg Times, “I would have been the one digging out the pitchforks and torches and knocking on my door.” Adding insult to injury was the sneering way the New York paper referenced their hobbies.
Now Pemberton is kicking himself, of course. If only he had said “taking in free performances of Shakespeare in the park,” or even better, “tweeting.” That would never have made it into the Times.