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'He Stole My Kid's Cookie Money!'

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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.

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beth  February 24, 2008, 9:53 PM

That is so sad that someone could do that to your little girl.Well i hope he caught for doing this.

beth  February 24, 2008, 9:54 PM

That is so sad that someone could do that to your little girl.Well i hope he caught for doing this.

Anonymous February 25, 2008, 9:21 AM

That’s horrible.

Keep the money off the table would be the simple answer. (I know, hindsight is 20/20.)
Perhaps having a “dummy cash box” with a few coins and the real box for the majority of the cash.

What a terrible way to learn that some people in the world really suck.

ame i. April 6, 2009, 10:32 PM

What an azz! We only did 1 year of girl scouts (our leader was lame) but the mom’s would keep most of the cash in our front pockets.

di June 18, 2010, 3:16 AM

ya sad but why do you even have you girl in GS for? Because GS today is nothing but a joke where leaders fight with one another and the girls bulling other girls. Not only that here you are feeling sad about a boy stealing her GS money Worry about how the GSC in the office do every where with 1,000.00’s of other girls. So if you look at this way. it’s not really her money that he stole. So if you want to change what is going on with the money and the troops then you better take action in the office because in there something smells fishie. Camps are so over price and they dont really do anything. Unless you have 345.00 each week to take horse back ridding WOW I can take horse back for only 75.00 for 6 weeks and thats without joining ^&^%$%^& GS.
You can get a lot outside from Girl Scout and all this from not earning a ^%^$ stupid @$$ award. Children should be Award no matter what when the do something good. They shouldn’t have to join a group to feel good about them selfs.

Let me add this in also. No young little girl should be selling cookis door to door in todays world even if you and he father where there with her. It take only a sec for a mad crazy @44 person to get a shoot gun and shoot all 3 of you. It’s almost has bad when saw you brownie girl selling cookies on you tube wearing a her vest with her troop number. Like I said it would take one nutty person look up her troop number and hunt them down.

What happen to her is sad but I hope she and you learn a %^%$# lesson, You cant trust people today. Not only that My feeling to GS office If they want their cookies sold let those grow @$$ get of the fat butts and sell their cookes not use little girls to sell there hige,fattie, sugar, nasty, hard, old cookies. If I want mint cookies I will go to Walamrt to get them.

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