For her child, selling Girl Scout cookies was anything but sweet.
Mom Logic: What happened?
Jennifer: On February 17, my 10-year-old twins, Jeremy and Charlene, and I went to our local Wal-Mart to work at the Girl Scouts' cookie booth. A young guy walked up to the booth. After my daughter gave him her sales pitch, his cell phone rang and he walked away. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw the guy walking faster than normal. He sped up, grabbed the money box from the table and ran off. It took me a few seconds to even register that someone would do this. I thought he might try to steal a box of cookies, but never thought he'd take the money!
Another mother and I ran after the guy. Three guys in the parking lot literally dropped their stuff and also chased after the thief. He jumped into a waiting car and sped off.
Mom Logic: Did you ever think your daughter would be in danger while selling Girl Scout cookies?
Jennifer: No, it never occurred to me. Never. Who steals from Girl Scouts? Who does that? We worked the Wal-Mart booth because Charlene wanted to sell 400 boxes so she could afford the Girl Scout trip to Colonial Williamsburg without me having to pay for it. My husband is deployed in Afghanistan and he saw the news footage. He is concerned this guy will come and retaliate. But I feel it's important to talk about this so no other family has to go through this.
Mom Logic: Will you and your daughter ever sell cookies again? If so, what would you do differently?
Jennifer: We're planning on doing another cookie booth this weekend. It's like falling off a horse.You have to get back on. If I had caught him, I don't know what I would have done, but it wouldn't have been pretty. The headline would have probably read, "Cookie Mom does horrible thing to thief!" You're a mama bear protecting your cubs and caring for your kids. I still can't believe this guy came up and stole my kids' money, after they were trying to sell cookies for hours. He took all their profit.