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Man Heads to Trial Over Girl Scout Cookie Debt

Colorado Man Goes To Court For Girl Scout Cookies
Some of the sweetest cookies in America have turned into a nightmare for one man in Colorado.

Tad Osborn says he wrote a $42 check for about a dozen boxes of Girl Scout cookies last year. But six months later he received a notice informing him his check had bounced and he now owed double what he originally paid. Soon, that $84 bill turned into a lawsuit amounting to more than $700!

The Girl Scout troops bank claimed his account was closed, but Osborn told ABC News he provided documentation showing otherwise. A spokeswoman for the Girl Scouts of Colorado said typically, when a bad check is written, the organization attempts to contact the buyer, and after several failed attempts, they use a professional collection agency to get the money.

"No Girl Scout ever came to my house or left a note on my door. I was helping the Girl Scouts and now I'm having to go court over and over again and answering legal questions that I have no business answering."

Osborn is still trying to fight the collections agency and has a court date scheduled for May 8. Despite this costly experience with the troops, his daughter recently became a Girl Scout and he still buys Girl Scout cookies, just with one thing in mind...

"I'd recommend to anyone looking to buy gs cookies, pay cash!"

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don54321 March 07 2014 at 10:49 AM

I wouldn't buy girl scout cookies anyway nothing but junk food.

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aerofanz March 07 2014 at 11:17 AM

So a TV news crew actually went to his house to discuss this cookie caper? Then AOL decided it was news and ran with it. The only thing I can think of that worries me more is that I have taken the time to comment...........

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bmahaffey123 March 07 2014 at 3:53 PM

I quit buying GS cookies - it's a rip-off. The GS makes very little from the sale of a box of cookies. I give directly to the troup, That way the GS gets the benefit of the full amount.

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DON March 07 2014 at 11:18 AM

The comments that are being made about how much is earned on the internet are a bunch of BS. Theyu should be taken off the comment section and the writers should be removed from being able to make these statements............they are not true.

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thosholzel March 07 2014 at 3:51 PM

As usual, we are not even getting half the story....

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jmcwholesale March 07 2014 at 3:48 PM

Geez, what is the world coming to? Lawsuit over a $42 check.... AND.... it's the Girl Scouts.

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Joe W. Cadwell March 07 2014 at 11:21 AM

Bad review.
Did the check clear his bank?
Was it a bad Chleck ?
Was there money in his account to cover the check?

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Augie313 March 07 2014 at 3:37 PM

This is another example of what happens when lawyers smell cash. What started out as a minor mistake that could easily have been settled has now escalated into a legal feeding frenzy. Now lawyers are needed by both sides to settle matter. The scouts will eventually get their $42. The collection agency will demand a fee. The court will demand a fee. Osborn's legal expenses will need to be paid. And the only people who will come out ahead will be the members of the bar. Moral: send your kid to law school. Nobody will like him but other lawyers but nobody will have nerve enough to say so.

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larrysorrell Augie313 March 07 2014 at 3:39 PM

Why would you think that lawyers like lawyers more than the general population does?

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callie102403 March 07 2014 at 3:32 PM

wonder why it took so long to come back anyways shouls have been a week maby

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betty March 07 2014 at 11:24 AM

I worked as a temp job for the Girl Scouts in Gastonia, NC. The checking account had not been balanced in over a year. I had never, ever seen such a mess and I have been a bookkeeper for 30 years! I finally walked out! It was the worst run organization I had ever worked for and I was a temp!
There was a lot of wrong junk going on there. Like missing money, etc. Don't give to the Girl Scouts!

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