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(Kens 5 San Antonio)   It is not every Girl Scout cookie debt that is sent to a collection agency   ( kens5.com) divider line
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2013-05-29 09:02:47 PM  
I'm not familiar with the GS cookie system, but it seems to resemble Amway.
 
2013-05-29 09:06:47 PM  
I'm willing to bet that this is one of those things that could have been cleared up with a phone call.
 
2013-05-29 09:09:07 PM  
Headline's a bit disingenuous. Headline implies "Someone owes money to the Girl Scouts, and therefore the Girl Scouts sent that debt to a collection agency." Article actually reads "A Girl Scout troop ordered 12 times as many boxes as intended from the GSUSA, and can't afford to pay for them, so the GSUSA is threatening to send that debt to a collection agency."

The troop leader has since resigned and two of the troop members have dropped out of the Girl Scouts.

And that's how you demonstrate good, honest corporate values to a bunch of girls. Fark up the organization, take your ball, and go home, leaving the other members to struggle to clean up your mess.
 
2013-05-29 09:10:15 PM  
I probably would've bought every box if they had been the Strawberries & Cream cookies from the early '90s.
 
2013-05-29 09:11:09 PM  
I love how it sounds like their own organization is going to hand the debt over to a collection agency, and then says, "We really want to make sure that we're there to support all of our members," .

FTA:  According to a letter from the Girl Scouts organization, the troop has until June 3 to pay up. Otherwise, the debt will be handed over to a collection agency.

I could be wrong, but ... there's team spirit for ya.
 
2013-05-29 09:12:28 PM  
they sold 451 cases this season yet only ordered 40?

This is some debeers level of market manipulations, no wonder there is a (supposedly)  shortage
 
2013-05-29 09:12:37 PM  
If your Girl Scout cookie debt goes to a collection agency, you might be a redneck obese.
 
2013-05-29 09:12:40 PM  
Right wingers cry about so many groups who threaten Americas core values, then worship corporations that pull crap like this.
 
2013-05-29 09:13:19 PM  
couldn't the governing body of the girl scouts absorb the cost (pay the bill) and recuperate the funds internally rather than get a collection agency involved and let this thing get out to the media?

sounds like there's more to this if the scouts are hell-bent on sending a message to that one particular troop.
 
2013-05-29 09:13:32 PM  

FormlessOne: Headline's a bit disingenuous. Headline implies "Someone owes money to the Girl Scouts, and therefore the Girl Scouts sent that debt to a collection agency." Article actually reads "A Girl Scout troop ordered 12 times as many boxes as intended from the GSUSA, and can't afford to pay for them, so the GSUSA is threatening to send that debt to a collection agency."

The troop leader has since resigned and two of the troop members have dropped out of the Girl Scouts.

And that's how you demonstrate good, honest corporate values to a bunch of girls. Fark up the organization, take your ball, and go home, leaving the other members to struggle to clean up your mess.


Man, that was exactly my though too. You read my mind.
 
2013-05-29 09:13:34 PM  

Krieghund: I'm willing to bet that this is one of those things that could have been cleared up with a phone call.


Why waste your precious cell phone charge clearing things up, when you could just resign in tears, go to court, and possibly even get to be on Fark?

On the other hand, maybe she DID pick a good strategy, because:

1) If Girl Scouts is anything like Verizon, every plea for help only makes them angrier, and they wreak further random havoc on your account every time you call
2) "Well, if nobody ELSE wants these last 50 cases of foreclosed Samoas, I guess I will HAVE to eat some..."
 
2013-05-29 09:16:08 PM  

FormlessOne: And that's how you demonstrate good, honest corporate values to a bunch of girls. Fark up the organization, take your ball, and go home, leaving the other members to struggle to clean up your mess.


Yep, there's a better way:

i44.tinypic.com
 
2013-05-29 09:16:14 PM  
Isn't there a yearly story about how the Girl Scouts throw away (not donate) like half of all GS cookies made?
 
2013-05-29 09:17:31 PM  

BarkingUnicorn: I'm not familiar with the GS cookie system, but it seems to resemble Amway.


It's done so that they can pay for their trips, summer camp, and other activities. They're pretty up front about it in their sales pitches.


CSB: My mom was the "cookie mom" for my sister's Brownie troop which had a girl who came from a family which pushed her to make uber sales. Woke up one morning with a giant moving semi parked outside our home and movers spending the next two hours cramming boxes of cookies in every nook and cranny of the house. Of course, they dragged their heels in getting said cookies out of our home, they were willing to get the sales but totally unwilling to do any of the actual gruntwork. Several girls in the troop chipped in and helped to clear out the house in a day and a half. All that being said, those cases of cookies were a gift from God to a 9 year old obsessed with Legos. 'twas a real shame to see them go.
 
2013-05-29 09:18:56 PM  

austin_millbarge: Right wingers cry about so many groups who threaten Americas core values, then worship corporations that pull crap like this.


I'm really not sure what you're talking about. The GS ordered too many cookies. I will eat them. How is that unAmerican?
 
2013-05-29 09:19:05 PM  

FormlessOne: Headline's a bit disingenuous. Headline implies "Someone owes money to the Girl Scouts, and therefore the Girl Scouts sent that debt to a collection agency." Article actually reads "A Girl Scout troop ordered 12 times as many boxes as intended from the GSUSA, and can't afford to pay for them, so the GSUSA is threatening to send that debt to a collection agency."

The troop leader has since resigned and two of the troop members have dropped out of the Girl Scouts.

And that's how you demonstrate good, honest corporate values to a bunch of girls. Fark up the organization, take your ball, and go home, leaving the other members to struggle to clean up your mess.


It's nice to see them get a taste of their own medicine.
 
2013-05-29 09:20:20 PM  
Are the Girl Scout cookies made with real Girl Scouts?
/Il take a case

//But seriously thats screwed up just like the BSA will be.
 
2013-05-29 09:22:11 PM  
It seems as though the Girl Scouts exist only to sell cookies. Seriously. Does anybody (aside from ex-Girl Scouts) know what the highest rank is, or any rank for that matter? Are there ranks? What are the merit basges, if any? My sister was in the Girl Scouts for a while and I still have no idea. It's such a poor imitation of the Boy Scouts.

/I'm about to look it up, so don't bother linking me to anything
//The point was made
 
2013-05-29 09:22:29 PM  

austin_millbarge: Right wingers cry about so many groups who threaten Americas core values, then worship corporations that pull crap like this.


The loony Right Wing sees the Girls Scouts as liberal... the Girl Scouts are in favor of the whole LGBTQ inclusiveness thing, amongst other stuff. Some call them pro-abortion as well.
 
2013-05-29 09:22:48 PM  
I would be curious to know if the troop leader resigned and left the troop holding the bag, or if the parents, upon hearing about the screw up threw her out without giving her a chance to help set it right.

On the plus side, troops raise funds from the number of boxes that they sell right?  So if this troop will suddenly have 12 times the money for events as they were expecting, I suggest a very cool day trip and send multiple "so long and F-you for deserting us when we needed help" photos to the girls who quit.
 
2013-05-29 09:25:08 PM  

TheXerox: All that being said, those cases of cookies were a gift from God to a 9 year old obsessed with Legos. 'twas a real shame to see them go.


What a wonderful image you've put in my head. Thank you.
 
2013-05-29 09:25:16 PM  

Krieghund: I'm willing to bet that this is one of those things that could have been cleared up with a phone call.


At the time they pick up the cookies, they could have said this is not the right amount.  Once they take them though, they have accepted the order.  At least that is how it has been explained to me.
 
2013-05-29 09:29:04 PM  
Are the boy scouts still selling light bulbs and flower bulbs? Man, it was a weak sell back in the day.

//FWIW. I sold some flower bulbs to a neighbor lady in the 80s. She still swears by them, and I can see them out there when I go back to where I grew up. The BSA, back in the day, sold great flower bulbs, never die or crap out - which is why they are so poor and terrible at fundraising.
 
2013-05-29 09:33:51 PM  
The Girl Scout corporation could easily sell the excess shipment to bakery shops, etc.  Like that company that makes Girl Scout flavored ice cream.  The fact that they would even risk the potential of making headlines for threatening to sue a group of little girls for not selling enough drugs cookies is depressingly stupid.
 
2013-05-29 09:38:25 PM  

WhoopAssWayne: Are the boy scouts still selling light bulbs and flower bulbs? Man, it was a weak sell back in the day.

//FWIW. I sold some flower bulbs to a neighbor lady in the 80s. She still swears by them, and I can see them out there when I go back to where I grew up. The BSA, back in the day, sold great flower bulbs, never die or crap out - which is why they are so poor and terrible at fundraising.


Dunno about Boy Scouts, but Cub Scouts sold popcorn.  (The boxes were a pretty good value, everything else was expensive)

/It was also quite surprising to sell $300 worth of popcorn and be the winner by about $200 or so.
//Seriously, 1 container of caramel corn was $15.  It's not THAT hard.
 
2013-05-29 09:38:41 PM  
A picture of the troop leader who made the mistake:

www.impatientoptimists.org
 
2013-05-29 09:43:48 PM  
My understanding is that the bakery takes back unsold cookies and donates them to the homeless shelters. Story doesn't pass the smell test.
 
2013-05-29 09:46:45 PM  
bullmurph.com

"Way dowwwww-n bee-low the ocean......."
 
2013-05-29 09:49:08 PM  
it's probably the nasty cookies hardly anyone wants that are left, no thin mints or Caramel deLites/samoas  but those Shortbreads/Trefoils
 
2013-05-29 09:49:49 PM  

meyerkev: WhoopAssWayne: Are the boy scouts still selling light bulbs and flower bulbs? Man, it was a weak sell back in the day.

//FWIW. I sold some flower bulbs to a neighbor lady in the 80s. She still swears by them, and I can see them out there when I go back to where I grew up. The BSA, back in the day, sold great flower bulbs, never die or crap out - which is why they are so poor and terrible at fundraising.

Dunno about Boy Scouts, but Cub Scouts sold popcorn.  (The boxes were a pretty good value, everything else was expensive)

/It was also quite surprising to sell $300 worth of popcorn and be the winner by about $200 or so.
//Seriously, 1 container of caramel corn was $15.  It's not THAT hard.


My boyscout troop would sell chocolate bars

They were delicious, and i had to work for the ones I ate
 
2013-05-29 09:53:20 PM  
It's a racket. Don't ask me ask the dad from Alf. Damn strait [sic]
 
2013-05-29 09:55:42 PM  

meyerkev: Dunno about Boy Scouts, but Cub Scouts sold popcorn.

loonatic112358: My boyscout troop would sell chocolate bars


Definitely remember selling popcorn and chocolate bars as a Cub (I know you said BSA.) And yes, those chocolate bars were something special. Any chocolate taste different from Herseys would get people's attention.
 
2013-05-29 09:59:21 PM  
Each girl has to sell 1,200 boxes of cookies.  Get the parents of the group to each put in money until they have the money to submit to the cookie people.  Then sell the cookies until each parent is paid back what they put in.  Spend the summer selling those cookies.
 
2013-05-29 10:27:46 PM  

Great Janitor: Each girl has to sell 1,200 boxes of cookies.  Get the parents of the group to each put in money until they have the money to submit to the cookie people.  Then sell the cookies until each parent is paid back what they put in.  Spend the summer selling those cookies.


After June 3rd the GSA will start breaking legs. They don't have much time.
 
2013-05-29 10:37:53 PM  
When I was a Boy Scout our troop once sold M&Ms for a fundraiser, and it was a shock when the Scout Master's lazy son actually sold the most packages and won the prize (a Sony Walkman).  We later learned that he actually ate all the M&Ms and his father paid for them.
 
2013-05-29 10:39:24 PM  

Krieghund: I'm willing to bet that this is one of those things that could have been cleared up with a phone call.


I'm sure it could have. This doesn't even make sense. Why couldn't they just send back the extra cases with an explanation? What idiot would keep them all and then foist it off on the girls to have to sell every single box?
 
2013-05-29 10:39:39 PM  
Wait, wait, wait. Are you telling me that there might be Thin Mints available right farking now??!
 
2013-05-29 10:47:40 PM  

Mock26: When I was a Boy Scout our troop once sold M&Ms for a fundraiser, and it was a shock when the Scout Master's lazy son actually sold the most packages and won the prize (a Sony Walkman).  We later learned that he actually ate all the M&Ms and his father paid for them.


That wasn't me

we never sold M&Ms
 
2013-05-29 10:54:13 PM  

meyerkev: Seriously, 1 container of caramel corn was $15


That's why I was never able to sell anything as a Cub Scout.
 
2013-05-29 10:57:46 PM  

HotWingAgenda: meyerkev: Seriously, 1 container of caramel corn was $15

That's why I was never able to sell anything as a Cub Scout.


Yeah, the only thing that was actually worth it was the 15 bags of popcorn for $10.  That's cheaper than the grocery stores sell it for.

/And since popcorn is good for a couple years, I'd stock up if they had Boy Scouts around here.
 
2013-05-29 11:03:13 PM  

Krieghund: I'm willing to bet that this is one of those things that could have been cleared up with a phone call.


You are absolutely correct.  The Area Cookie Managers and their superiors have some time to correct mistakes.  Also, big orders like that can be flagged for review.  Unfortunately for the troop, once the cookies are picked up they are the their responsibility.

There is important information at the bottom of the article:

Looking for cookies? Call 1-800-580-7247 and ask to get in contact with Troop 1497.



A case is 12 boxes, so you're looking at $42-$48 for an entire case.  (pricing is not the same in all areas)
 
2013-05-29 11:03:14 PM  
Here's you main potential customer

media.ebaumsworld.com
 
2013-05-29 11:06:02 PM  

austin_millbarge: Right wingers cry about so many groups who threaten Americas core values, then worship corporations that pull crap like this.


This is a leftist lbgt org. They sell cookies and recruit lesbians
 
2013-05-29 11:06:32 PM  

Adolf Oliver Nipples: It seems as though the Girl Scouts exist only to sell cookies. Seriously. Does anybody (aside from ex-Girl Scouts) know what the highest rank is, or any rank for that matter? Are there ranks? What are the merit basges, if any? My sister was in the Girl Scouts for a while and I still have no idea. It's such a poor imitation of the Boy Scouts.

/I'm about to look it up, so don't bother linking me to anything
//The point was made


No, it really wasn't.  The Girl Scouts are pretty damn awesome.

/poor imitation my ass
//modeled after them back in the day for sure; at least the GSUSA know how to teach girls business/supply/demand and are truly inclusive unlike the boy scouts
 
2013-05-29 11:09:38 PM  

Strobeguy: Are the Girl Scout cookies made with real Girl Scouts?
/Il take a case

//But seriously thats screwed up just like the BSA will be.


In California the gay lobby, angry at being denied access to young boys passed a new bill to deny tax exempt status to the Boy Scouts until such time as they turn over the young boys to the gay lobby.
 
2013-05-29 11:19:54 PM  
Collection agency? Seeing how addictive Thin Mints and Samoans are, I'm surprised a couple of hired thugs weren't sent to break kneecaps.
 
2013-05-29 11:31:14 PM  

Duke_leto_Atredes: austin_millbarge: Right wingers cry about so many groups who threaten Americas core values, then worship corporations that pull crap like this.

This is a leftist lbgt org. They sell cookies and recruit lesbians


I don't know why that strikes me as so funny, but it does.
 
2013-05-29 11:37:03 PM  
I'm glad that I don't work with any of their parents...
 
2013-05-29 11:37:38 PM  

Strobeguy: Are the Girl Scout cookies made with real Girl Scouts?
/Il take a case

//But seriously thats screwed up just like the BSA will be.



thefilmexperience.net
 
2013-05-30 12:35:55 AM  
Until someone tells me the difference between Samoas and Carmel Delites, I'm out.
 
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