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Broken Cookie Dreams: Girl Scouts Banned from Selling at Founder's Home

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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.

Girl Scouts Banned from Selling at Founder's Home

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?


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Janette February 28, 2011, 11:18 AM

I think they should cut the girl scouts a break. Who doesn’t love girl scout cookies. It breaks my heart to know that the city would shut down girl scout cookie sales at the Juliette Low House on the sidewalk. I think the people and the help of girl scouts would make a difference and might get the government to let them sell at the founder of girl scouts home in Savannah.

Shareeke Edmead-Nesi February 28, 2011, 11:41 AM

This is a wonderful opportunity for the Group leaders to teach the girls so many things.1. Who can they partner with that will help them to sell the Cookies.2. Use the negative and turn it into a positive. Allow the media to announce a location that they will be selling since they were removed from that location. Now you have created Money Savvy and Business Savvy Girls!

Jina March 8, 2011, 10:57 AM

It is too bad that this city made a rule that keeps good organizations from raising money. What happened to if you don’t want to support just don’t. Why a whole city has decided to keep these and other groups from soliciting is to bad. Maybe they should rethink that rule and make some changes to it. On the other hand The girls get to use their heads and come up with new selling stratgies cuz we all love Girl Scout Cookies, they will get sold.

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