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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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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