It's a girl scout-eat-girl scout world out there. We just order cookies in it

It's Girl Scout Cookie time again. And the little girls in green are already making headlines. Hopefully, however, the headlines won't be as ugly as this one.

A ten-year-old Girl Scout snuck out to sell her cookies without an adult chaperone, per Girl Scout of America rules, and was the victim of highway robbery. Well, bike-way robbery. A 12-year-old girl in her neighborhood stopped to order cookies from the younger girl, and filled out her order form before snatching the Scout's bag of money and fleeing on bicycle.

The cookie-nabber, however, was the victim of her own inexperience. She'd filled out the cookie order form with her name and address before swiping the cash, and police arrived at her apartment quickly. The accused denied the action. I wonder what she'll think when she doesn't get her cookies. A police investigation continues.

Her mother, meanwhile, is not commenting. No doubt she is mortified with the international press attention her daughter's alleged actions bringing down on her.

In the meantime, it bears repeating that Girl Scouts between the ages of 6 and 11 aren't allowed to sell cookies without an adult. Troops can be whipped into a frenzy in a contest of who can sell the most boxes of cookies, but there are checks and balances in place.

Now who's gonna sell me some Thin Mints?

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It's a girl scout-eat-girl scout world out there. We just order cookies in it
What do college kids love more than anything? Sweet sugary treats. And most college campuses are remote from choices. And college students are LAZY. Show up at the dorm with Girl Scout Cookies, you'll be flooded with sales!
If you're sending your daughter out to sell cookies face-to-face, make sure she brings a friend -- it will be more fun that way.
Think your child's teacher has already been approached? She hasn't. Everyone else is just assuming that! And teachers love cookies, too.
Go to church? Ask your minister if you can set up a booth in front. In all likelihood, the parishioners are hungry after that long service and would love to have some Samoas for the trip home.
Nostalgia sells. But, as Julie Tilsner notes, you'll want to suit up first in full Girl Scout regalia. Maybe the woman across the hall from Grandma used to be a troop leader and can wax nostalgic about the old times.
No point swimming against the tide. If people are already in a food-buying mood, what better time to get them? Best of all, they can get cash back while they're shopping and you won't have to mess around with spending limits.
It's against the rules to sell cookies ahead of the start date. That doesn't mean your parents can't take 'reservations' (and beat out the other Girl Scout parents in the office).
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