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. Miss Anthrope

    @ B.L. Zebub:

    Hey, jerkface, did it ever occur to you that people may be using their phones, and the reply button is not a feature of this app? No? Thought not. Get back to *h*3*l*l, dipwad!

    February 28, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Fed up with the Crazies

    WHAT is wrong with this world???? We as a Country should try to support all of our citizens. YES, the young ones as well.. Does the Faternal Order of Police expect us to support them? YES. So yes we expect the same from them. Really. A permit to sell cookies.. Give me a break and the Girl Scout as well !!!!!!!

    February 28, 2011 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. B=Dog

    A) Lets be honest....Most of the people who buy the cookies do NOT need to be eating cookies at all.

    B) They have cut back on quality, the cookies taste horrible now.

    C) Unless they are made from 100% girl scouts, I don't want em.

    February 28, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. stat

    The girl scouts are so freaking annoying. Walking into grocery store, I get harassed with choruses of "buy cookies! buy cookies! if not, how about a contribution?" 20 minutes later, I'm bombarded with the same annoying questions on the way out. They're so brazen in how they ask too. Practically harrassment.

    February 28, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. scroo yoo

    Sometimes things have to change with the times.Having kids sell things door to door or out in the open is not only unsafe,but inefficient.There are so many other,better ways for kids to contribute.People can order their cookies on the internet anyways.Why even bother selling them like they have been?

    February 28, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ex-GS Cookie Mom

    As an ex-Girl Scout cookie mother, I can tell you that about 35 cents per box sold go back to the troop and the rest go to the Girl Scouts. The girls earn prizes for each box sold. It is up to the individual girl's parent to sell at a booth at the store or take them door to door. However, they have to stay within their troop service area. This means they can't just go to any neighborhood they see fit. Therefore, some parents do take the forms to work to sell more boxes. But the parents are the ones to offer to get more boxes from the troop leader and the "cookie coordinator" so the girls can sell more boxes and earn more troop money... what do they do with the money? They take the girls to various events, buy supplies for the troop for educational purposes, etc. Granted, more money could stay with the troops than to go back to the Girl Scouts corporate office, especially since the troop leaders and cookie coordinators all do their work on a volunteer basis. Then you have the parents paying dues and buying vests/smocks and books out of pocket. So when you see the lazy parent sitting at the table at the Walgreen's or wherever, you should ask for the troop number and call the local service unit and complain. It's pretty cutthroat to book the table in the first place. The stores have to allow the Girl Scouts to sell cookies; they just don't show up and begin selling cookies. If you aren't interested in buying them, don't. Don't make the children have a bad day and be a jerk to them. It's not the kids fault that their parents are dimwits. However, these Girl Scout troop meetings may be the only time that week that those kids get out of the house, other than school, and interact with other kids. So, there's nothing wrong with buying a box and bringing it to work and passing out some cookies to your co-workers. You can also make a donation to the Girl Scout troops without purchasing any cookies whatsoever. Also, you can buy boxes of cookies and donate them to soldiers overseas. Just let the girls know at the table when you're there. 🙂

    February 28, 2011 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • 20 Year Veggie

      Wrong about the staying within their area. We were a small, rural council with only a tiny handful of retail locations to set up at. So what happened? The girls from the urban area two hours away reserved the cabin in our area, and took our booth dates at our few outlets and the money our local community spent went right out of the area with those girls.

      March 1, 2011 at 3:06 am | Report abuse |
  7. JoeBlow

    I DARE the coward who reported them to come forward so we can beat them senseless with a bat. The line forms on the street corner.

    February 28, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. LauraJ

    Scrooge Lives!

    February 28, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Boomer

    Every year its the same story. Why don't they just learn from their mistakes and check and see if they are violating and new zoning laws or are required to get a permit.

    February 28, 2011 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  10. John

    Well, I guess you could say...*puts on sunglasses*...that's how the cookie crumbles.

    YEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 1, 2011 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
  11. 20 Year Veggie

    I was a Girl Scout leader for six years and I quit this year because it finally dawned on me that cookie sales are nothing more than slave labor. Yes, the girls did earn a small percentage, about 10% of each box, for their yearly trips and yes, this enabled girls who would never have experienced these things to do so. But the remaining 90% filters UP. Up to the council, then up to the national level, where I am sure the top earners are not making a paltry sum. The girls stand out in the wind and the cold, the girls risk being robbed, the girls have to listen to people harp about the very real insertion of crappy ingredients such as hydrogenated fats in the cookies. The girls are allowed to do fundraisers of their own, provided the proper paperwork and approvals are all in order. Last year, we made a clerical error and ended up with too many cookies. They would not take them back. We went through terrible stress, including driving boxes of cookies to troops that were short, over two hours away, because as the troop leader, I signed for the cookies and I was threatened with collection actions from our council. All for something I never took a cent to do. I just decided to take my own girls on hikes and put those resources into things that meant something–not padding the pockets of the national executives. Shameful.

    March 1, 2011 at 3:04 am | Report abuse |
  12. jack

    buy the damn cookies if you want to......don't buy the cookies if you don't want to .....as with all things in america
    you have a choice no oine is forcing you to ....

    March 1, 2011 at 4:52 am | Report abuse |
  13. DLN

    I sell widgets. Can I sell those widgets anywhere I want? Street corners, strip mall parking lots, in front of any ole business, the sidewalk? NO!! I would need a business license, permits, etc.. So why should the Girl Scouts be above the laws that everyone else has to follow. I think this teaches a very good lesson: The law has to be followed by everyone. What is pathetic about many in this country is what they perceive as a right vs. a privilege. They are not synonymous.

    I would also bet that the majority of those saying the Girl Scouts should be allowed to hawk their goods anywhere they want, would be singing a completely different tune if it was a group of Muslims trying to raise money selling cookies to help Middle East families in need.

    The hypocrisy of many in the US is nauseating and embarrassing!

    March 1, 2011 at 7:27 am | Report abuse |
  14. aksarben

    OMG! Quit picking on the little girls trying to put a little joy in their lives. Drop a quarter or a buck in the can and appreciate the smile and thanks!

    March 1, 2011 at 7:29 am | Report abuse |
  15. Wayne

    These ruthless criminals must be stopped. There are still cops out there, few though they may be, wasting tax payers money going after rapist, murderers, car jackers, armed robbers and alike while these maniac girl scouts are roaming the streets of our cities peddeling their wares to unsuspecting citizens. This has to stop. What is this world comming to?

    March 1, 2011 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
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