What is this world coming to when someone swipes the cookie money from a Girl Scout?
I read in our newspaper a few days ago of an incident at a Stater Brothers grocery store, Girl Scout troop 1303 was packing up for the day after selling their allotted amount of cookies.
These girls had sold their entire supply and were getting ready to head home, the money bag containing about $450 was sitting on the table when a young man carrying a skateboard helped himself to it.
Picture this a dude running across a parking lot carrying a skateboard and a stolen money bag, right on his tail is a fourteen year old Girl Scout yelling “Stop Him, Stop Him He took our money”
She eventually tripped and fell down while two customers remained on his trail, the man got away with the money but store surveillance cameras gave the media a picture of him to post, which led to his arrest.
The newspaper article mentioned this is the second theft from area Girl Scouts in a month; money was also stolen from another troop selling cookies.
Here are a few mentions that I found of other such incidents just this year:
Two men are being held on charges they stole nearly $400 from a group of Girl Scouts selling cookies at a store in Massachusetts
Girl Scouts are robbed of cookie money in Texas
Tucson Police are investigating after two separate incidents of thieves stealing money from Girl Scouts selling cookies.
I think it’s pretty sad when thieves start targeting Girl Scouts, I know it looks like we are overpaying for a box of cookies but at least we are getting a quality product for our four and a half bucks, and the money is going to a good cause.
Victoria, the Girl Scout from Troop 1303 that gave chase to the thief had no major injuries, paramedics treated her for minor scrapes and bruises after her spill in the parking lot.
She said, “Why would he do that?” “I think that’s really stupid. He should earn it himself and accomplish something he should be proud of instead of feeling guilty.” She went on to say, “We can easily replace a box of cookies, but he took the money bag.”
The paper began their story with “Girl Scout cookie sales are meant to teach young women to be entrepreneurs - not crime fighters.”
With girls like Victoria standing up for themselves I think they are learning a whole lot more than how to be an entrepreneur, my hats off to Victoria and the rest of the girl scouts who spend their days asking you if you would like to buy a box of cookies.
I normally don’t like to mention names but in this case, Shame on you Colin Sawyer, 20, of Phelan, CA, I know you are going to do good in jail.
Just think of how well you will fit in when you answer your cellmate’s question “What are you in for kid?” Most decent criminals actually like Girl Scouts and cookies; I don’t think they are going to like you.
What is your favorite Girl Scout cookie?