Girl Scout cookie sales can resume after city relents
The leafy, genteel streets of Savannah, Georgia, are a big draw for tourists -- and great for cookie sales.
March 2nd, 2011
01:16 PM ET

Girl Scout cookie sales can resume after city relents

It's a sweet ending to a story that was hard to swallow.

The city manager of Savannah, Georgia, has decreed that Girl Scouts may sell their famous cookies on the sidewalk in front of their founder's birthplace.

A city ordinance prohibits commercial sales in the public right of way, but the same ordinance allows the city manager to grant exemptions, according to the city's announcement of the decision.

Cookie sales in front of the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace, a Savannah landmark, had been halted at the start of the four-week cookie season because there was no private space between the building and the street, CNN affiliate WJCL-TV reported.

However, City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney issued the exemption late Tuesday to allow the tradition to continue.

"We get a lot of tourists who get real excited about taking the girls' pictures under the sign because you're seeing actual Girl Scouts in uniforms with Girl Scout cookies at the Girl Scout birthplace," Fran Arnsdorff, co-leader and "cookie mom" of Savannah's Troop 511, told CNN affiliate WSAV-TV.

Sales will resume Saturday, WSAV reported.

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  1. ThomasD

    There are exemptions to every rule. A wise call by a wise city manager.

    March 2, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      A wise call, which is unusual in these days of zero tolerance rules for everything.
      So, EXCELLENT JOB, Rochelle Small-Toney. A manager that actually uses her brain is like a breath of fresh air!

      March 2, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ed bailey

    The nazi regim in utah would never conside Such a thing! Unless it was Mormon cookies in front of a Mormon cult palace!e

    March 2, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • guest

      Huh?? Some personal issues you need to resolve?

      March 2, 2011 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Morbo

    Girl scouts give Morbo gas.

    March 2, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Linda

      Ha ha ha ha ha.

      March 2, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Edgar

    It is nice here. No Cesars or RuffNuts either. Tired of those characters.

    March 2, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Offtopic

    Good. Let them sell thier cookies, for cryin' out loud. If one young lady learns valuable life lessons, then the organization is a good thing and the cost of the cookies is worth it.

    March 2, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. buck

    Why can't big girls sell their cookies. I would be a regular customer.

    March 2, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. L64

    Nice to have actual conversations.

    March 2, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. drap

    @ Offtopic..you are right on..selling these cookies create a great lesson for both,the scouts and their parents.Not to mention the Do-si-dohs are the bomb!

    March 2, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jose

    Common sense pravails

    March 2, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Robbie

    Girl Scout cookies are a gateway drug. We certainly do need the police to roust these budding young criminals off of our street corners! After all, we certainly don't need our LE personnel or city officials to work on anything that may actually impact lives and the economy. I ask you, how many hard core drug users today have started out on those addicting cookies? Yes, folks, this is sarcasm at work 🙂

    March 2, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Cesar

    Hi Robbie, have you seen my friend banasy? I miss her.

    March 2, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  12. John

    A good decision by the city manager. It's almost worth the trip across several states just to go there and buy some cookies and give encouragement, especially since the encouragement didn't come from the police. Perhaps they should be required to line up and each buy a box.

    March 2, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eviscerated

      The ploce are there to enforce the law. It's not their job to interpret or decide which laws should, and should not be enforced. If you want to blame someone, blame the person who probably called the police, and complained about the ordinance violation. Probably someone who hates cookies, sunshine, rainbows or anything that makes a normal person happy.

      March 2, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Catholic priest

    "Im innocent I tell you............ Those kids are filthy little liars" !!!!...........

    March 3, 2011 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
  14. Carolyn

    As someone who goes past the Birthplace 4-5 times a day, I'm thrilled to hear this news. It just hasn't been the same without the scouts' table there. And shame on whoever complained to begin with – have you no soul?

    March 3, 2011 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
  15. SHOOOOOO

    I just farted. Shooooooo : )

    March 3, 2011 at 5:17 am | Report abuse |
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