That's the way the cookie selling crumbles. Savannah area Girl Scouts are being schooled in business regulations and the violation of a city ordinance. Apparently, a rule's a rule -- even when it involves tweens and cookie fundraisers.
It's the end of a milk-dipped era. After years of selling Thin Mints and Samoas on the sidewalk outside of Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low's childhood home, the cookie table has been shut down due to a law that says selling on public sidewalks is a Do-Si-Do no-no.
The house, located at 10 E. Oglethorpe Ave., is situated at a highly trafficked intersection, resulting in sweet business; 250 boxes in three hours, according to Jan McKinney, who heads product sales for the Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia. But someone complained last year, and the girls have been ousted.
"I know it doesn't look good," says Randolph Scott, city of Savannah's zoning administrator. "However, other businesses won't care if it's the Girl Scouts or March of Dimes. They're going to say, 'Why can't I sit out front and solicit business?' "
Do you think the city should cut the girls a break? Or is a rule a rule? Who do you think is right in this fight?