The recent Girl Scout cookie crime wave continued last week when two Oregon Girl Scout troops were hoaxed by a fake order for 6,000 boxes of cookies worth roughly $24,000. By the time the troops realized the order was not real, the troop had already paid for and set aside the 500 cases of cookies necessary to fill the fake purchase.
"I contacted the ... company and they said, 'We have no idea what's going on,'" scout mother Jennifer Reed said on "Good Morning America" today.
Irresponsible scout mothers aside, this is sad.
"They placed a fake order on us and they didn't know that it hurt our feelings a lot," Girl Scout Erin Donnelly, 8, said.
Thankfully, for Donnelly's hurt feelings and the local homeless shelter the troops had committed to helping, local residents stepped in and bought over half the erroneously ordered boxes. That sale raised $12,000 and the troops have another sale planned for later this month.
"For every one person that has bad intentions, there are hundreds more with good intentions and good hearts that are here to help you," said Sarah Miller, director of communication for Girls Scouts of Oregon and Washington.
And everyone hopefully learned a valuable lesson: don't fall for suspiciously large orders without first checking to see if they're real. And if you do find yourself with surplus cookies, whatever you do , don't destroy them with bulldozers.