Girl Scouts booted from cookie corner - founder's historic house
Girl Scouts, seen here near Atlanta, smile despite challenging times during cookie season.
February 28th, 2011
08:03 AM ET

Girl Scouts booted from cookie corner - founder's historic house

It's hard out there for a Girl Scout.

After someone complained about a Savannah, Georgia, troop selling cookies at a busy intersection in town, the city forced the girls to move away from the money-making location, according to the Savannah Morning News. The demand to move broke decades of tradition because that corner - Oglethorpe Avenue and Bull Street - is in front of the historic home of the founder of the Girl Scouts organization, Juliette Low.

Savannah zoning administrator Randolph Scott said the problem was that the girls were setting up their sale table on a public sidewalk, which violates a city ordinance, the Morning News reports. Scott tried to help, calling for a survey in the hopes that the property line near the home had private space. No such luck.

The Scouts are taking it on the chin elsewhere in Georgia and around the country. Recently in Villa Rica, Georgia - about 35 miles west of Atlanta - Girl Scouts were told they could no longer peddle their Thin Mints at a strip mall. (Watch how a cop nearly booted the Scouts from their favorite spot. "He was scaring us," one of the girls said of the officer.)

And in this economy, the governing body of the Girl Scouts in Texas is adjusting sales methods. At least a dozen troops across the country are offering only six varieties of cookies rather than the usual eight, according to KVIA TV in El Paso. The price of Samoas and Tagalongs has gone up in some areas to $4 a box, the station reports. It's still a little too early to tell how well newly introduced cookies - "Thanks-a-Lots" and "Shout Outs!" - will sell or if some troops' use of new eco-friendly boxes will boost sales.

At least one girl has not been deterred from her cookie mission. Lydia Johnson, 7, and her mother, Susanne, of South Florida, have reportedly sold 2,053 boxes this year. "We're like twins," Susanne Johnson said. "People like it, and it is fun."

The Scouts are selling cookies until March 20.

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  1. Former Scout

    I very strongly feel that the Girl Scout Corporation should pay the little girls for their time, or stop using little girls to sell their product. Corporation says it all. This is no longer helping the average little girl with her life, but maybe it teaches her at a young age that she has to score the big seat in business to get paid.

    February 28, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniele

      I agree! They used to go door to door or sit in their front lawn. There is obviously a reason they are so desprite to see so many. To me it's more about the selling of the cookies than doing good and bettering themselves.

      February 28, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Deb Green

    Where are the boy scout cookies?

    February 28, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Youlikecookie

    OOOOOOOOOOH You Like cookie!

    February 28, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Nocookieforyou

    OOOOOOOOOOOH Did you get cookie!

    February 28, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Brian

    Wow! I just read every comment on hear! .... lots of good points..... lots of unwarranted fears...... i think all of us, myself included should put this passion and anger into something much more usefull! seriously...... you guys are worried about a small fifty cent profit on cookies. and whether or not someone is gay. or whatever..... does anybody here remember and realize that our government, both bush and obama , just gave the bankers and rich elites of this country, one point four trillion dollars? thats a hell of alot of money! and we all will have to pay that back someday!..... so please, take your passion and time and debate this issue with your family and friends and stranger. because if we dont wake very soon, we will all be broke and on the bread line!....... ok. i gotta run! gotta pick up my girls cookie and deliver them! 🙂 cant wait for my single serving box of thin minus!

    February 28, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Cookielikecardboard

    OOOOOOOOOOH Cookie like cardboard hard to chew makes me poopie!

    February 28, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tim

    I am laughing my pants off! Back in the 60's (the era of enlightenment) Girl Scouts sold cookies door-to-door. Lots of kids had lemonade stands, shoveled snow from walks in the winter (mostly for seniors), had newspaper routes and corners, washed cars and cleaned out horse stalls. The boys earned Eagle Scout status by helping ladies cross the street and raising calves and lambs and learning how to start fire with a flint.. We rode bicycles in the streets and jumped from roof top to roof top. We swung on tires into a chilly spring and kissed our girlfriends an the cheek.

    Now a days, a girl scout can't sell cookies on an intersection but a 'ho can sell on any corner she likes. This country died when the "progressives" came on board and lost their vision of what this country was built on.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • displeased

      Tim, where is it legal in Georgia for ho's to sell themselves on street corners?

      February 28, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Cookiecomming

    OOOOOOOOOOOOOOH Cookie come for you!

    February 28, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. PCola Vet

    Jeez Lueez some of you posters are a trip, a BAD trip. You take ANY subject no matter what, and turn it into a forum that has absolutely NOTHING to do with the story. Sad lives you must have. My daughter is a GS and their troop not only goes door to door to sell cookies, but also learns what many of you said they don't, and that's leadership, and bonding with others, no matter what their race, creed, color, or religion. If you bums want your kids to sit around and play video games and get fat and lazy and contribute nothing to society, so be it. Don't down others, because they're kids are actually trying to LEARN something about life. By the way thin mints STILL RULE!!!

    February 28, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Nosellmecookie

    I walked through a horde of little people selling cookies and I didn't get asked once if I wanted to buy any LOL
    Oh well me no buy cookie, no cookie for me. Maybe little girls told no talky to man cus man creepy or man maybe danger.
    Make me sad wasn't asked to buy cookie and I wanted cookie but they have to ask me if I want to buy cookie. Very sad day no cookie for me.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Rich

    You all seem to forget that they have sold in that location for years. It is a tradition. Many other organizations are allowed to bend ordinances due to charity or the fact that they had been engaging in the activity before the ordinance was passed (grandfathered in). I would have to believe that this falls into both categories. Give the girls a limited zoning variance and let it go. I have been to Savannah and seen that specific sidewalk. Even with a table there is enough room to walk

    February 28, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Carol She

    When living in Hawaii, the GS would set up their table right next to the front door to the market. It was a fire and safety hazard. Then you'd have to pass the gauntlet of girls yelling, "Want to buy....????" I refused to buy any cookies solicited in this way and let the GS know. They moved the table over 5 feet–still unacceptable.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  13. DavidW

    So even though those same zoning laws were established years ago.. and actually in affect.. they never were required to move before. So it's not so much that they were doing it.. just doing it this year. It was okay that they did it last year.. and the the years before that.. just not this year..

    Yep.. that shows them applying the law only when it's convenient, is the right way... give me a break...

    February 28, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Tony in Ct.

    These two organizations , Girl Scouts and the Boy scouts ,are the best in the world.....they do everything to teach kids the right way to act ,,,,,,,and they teach them RIGHT FROM WRONG..These people that are against the scouts should carefully check out what they teach everyone

    February 28, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniele

      No doubt they teach them right from wrong but that's not the issue. The issue at hand is that they are annoying and people feel harassed when confronted everywhere they go – whether they are coming or going. If they were in the parking lot with a table set up that would be nice. Then you can decided whether you want them or not. I'd probably stop in and get some but because they are everywhere you go it gets on people nerves and causes resentment and loss of sales.

      February 28, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dave

    Welcome to the police state,get use to it or get off your duffs and do something about it..

    February 28, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
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