Girl Scout Cookie Hoax Involving 6,000 Boxes Summons Hundreds of Sympathetic Buyers

What a mean-spirited thing to do: Someone places an order for $24,000 worth of Girl Scout cookies, raising the hopes of two Girl Scout troops, then the whole thing turns out to be a hoax.

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KATU News

If it ever seemed too good to be true when two Oregon Girl Scout troops received a whopping order for $24,000 worth of Girl Scout cookies, that’s because it was. The order turned out to be a hoax —  leaving the scouts stuck with a whopping 6,000 boxes of Thin Mints, Samoas and Do-si-dos.

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But never underestimate the power of Girl Scout cookies or the kindness of strangers: According to Portland-based KATU News, hundreds of people turned up last weekend to help out, buying 3,000 boxes of the almost-jilted cookies and ensuring the two troops have the funding necessary to attend summer camp.

Apparently the whole thing started when a Hillsboro, Ore. company ordered 500 cases of cookies after a troop parent was approached by a co-worker representing a “company” purporting to want the cookies. But that “corporate” order turned out to be fake: The co-worker eventually confessed to the ruse, though too late — the mammoth cookie order had already been placed and received.

But whether through a fit of community spirit or an insatiable desire for Thin Mints, the town turned out to help. Lines to buy cookies were “out the door” last Saturday as people arrived in droves to help out, KATU reports; the girls were able to sell half the total 6,000 boxes in just three hours.

“I expected a few people to come down,” said spokeswoman Sarah Miller, who’s been with the Girl Scouts for 23 years. “Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine this many … I’ve never seen anything like this.”

What happens to the remaining 3,000 boxes? The girls plan to hold another sale this coming Saturday at their offices, on 9620 S.W. Barbur Blvd. between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

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9 comments
paulrz44
paulrz44

So.....where is the Girl Scout group as a national organization in all of this? You're telling me that the NATIONAL organization would not take back the order? They're going to stick little girls with the bill? What kind of lesson are they teaching? Sorry, kids-you're stuck with the order, hoax or no hoax. No-they just want their little minions to keep selling the cookies! What a joke girl scouts has turned into. It's a business that sells cookies. Period.

hawkmom
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I feel bad for the girls but shame on the adult for taking such a large order without something up front.  That was just plain crazy or maybe just greedy.

Arwen8Aragorn
Arwen8Aragorn

How many other local troops are not going to sell their cookies now because of this? There's a lot of competition and buyers are getting rarer and rarer. These girls have now got it made going to summer camp for free. Other troops relying on these sales for operating costs and activities are now going to have a hard time selling enough cookies to cover their costs. I'd never accept an order that large without some sort of proof because the financial responsibility falls on the parent who turned in the order. 

murphydogmom
murphydogmom

@Arwen8Aragorn  

So, you are saying that the people that helped out and bought cookies hadn't bought cookies already from other scouts?  How do you know this?

paulmartin200
paulmartin200

Whenever I ordered GS cookies, the local troop always required the money upfront before an order was placed.

calichelunas
calichelunas

Or what a great way to sell more cookies! Fake a fake huge order, release it to the news, wait for sympathy suckers.

Bammmm sell out mammoth amounts of cookies.


SusanBruceWood
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Did it not occur to anybody that the person who perpetrated the hoax should be court ordered to buy the cookies????  That was an unconscionable act and should be treated as such.

PeteShelling
PeteShelling

Now the town could sponsor some 5k races  to get everyone to burn off all the cookie fat. This could also be a fund-raiser/community builder. Everyone wins!

MarkinFL
MarkinFL

Really great to see a town turn out to support its kids that way. I cannot even begin to imagine how the fool that caused this will ever live it down.