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Man Sentenced for Pointing Shotgun at 7-Year-Old Girl Scout

She knocked on his door hoping to sell cookies

(Newser) - The 61-year-old California man who pointed a loaded shotgun at a 7-year-old girl trying to sell him Girl Scout cookies was sentenced to six months in jail on Friday, the Press Enterprise reports. The unnamed Girl Scout was selling cookies out of her Radio Flyer wagon in 2014 when she... More »

Girl Scout, 9, Shot on Way to Get Cookies

Sinai Miller is home recovering with a bandaged leg

(Newser) - Sinai Miller had been waiting all day Tuesday for 4:30pm when she could pick up her Girl Scout cookies and begin selling them to neighbors. When the time came, she stepped outside her apartment with her two younger sisters, but "they didn't even get to make it... More »

You Can Finally Buy Girl Scout Cookies Online

But you'll have to get an email invite from a scout first

(Newser) - The Girl Scouts have entered the Internet age. In a move that reverses a years-long ban on Internet sales, the group's national organization has given online cookie sales the go-ahead. The Girl Scouts of the USA's former thought process had been that the in-person experience—of selling, handling... More »

Girl Scout Breaks Mammoth Cookie Sales Record

Katie Francis says she asks everyone she meets to buy

(Newser) - An Oklahoma City girl who says she asks everyone she meets to buy Girl Scout cookies has broken the organization's decades-old sales record by a margin about the size of a Thin Mint. Katie Francis sold 18,107 boxes in the seven-week sales period that ended Sunday night. The... More »

Genius Girl Scout Sells Cookies Outside Pot Clinic

Danielle Lei sold out in 45 minutes outside SF Green Cross

(Newser) - A business-savvy Girl Scout in San Francisco had to call for back-up cookies just 45 minutes after setting up shop in an inspired location: outside a medical marijuana clinic. In two hours on Monday, 13-year-old Danielle Lei sold 117 boxes of cookies to customers who may have been expecting to... More »

Calif. Man Pulls Gun on Girl Selling Cookies

Cops say he opened door to Girl Scout with gun in his hand

(Newser) - No more Thin Mints for this guy: A California man has been arrested for allegedly pointing a gun at a young girl who was selling cookies door-to-door. Police say that when the girl knocked on the door of John Dodrill, 59, he answered with a gun pointed at her, the... More »

Honey Boo Boo Brawls With Girl Scouts

Did we mention Honey Boo Boo isn't even a Girl Scout?

(Newser) - Honey Boo Boo is in hot water with the Girl Scouts ... even though she's not a Girl Scout. The tiny reality star started hawking Girl Scout cookies—on behalf of a friend who actually is a scout—on her Facebook page, until the organization shut the whole thing down,... More »

Picky Thieves Nab $19K Worth of Girl Scout Cookies

Only Thin Mints and Shortbreads were taken

(Newser) - Some dastardly criminals out there must really, really like Thin Mints. Thieves recently lifted $19,000 worth of Girl Scout cookies from a South Carolina warehouse, 6 News reports, and they apparently had very particular taste, taking only Thin Mints and Shortbreads. The warehouse owner explained to the Spartanburg Herald-Journal ... More »

Transgender Girl Scout, 7, Triggers Cookie Boycott Call

Teen calls for boycott on YouTube over 'unsafe' member

(Newser) - A California teenager is attempting to organize a boycott of Girl Scout cookies because the Scouts allowed a 7-year-old transgender member to join last year. Why are the Girl Scouts "willing to break their own safety rules to accommodate transgender boys?" a girl who calls herself Taylor asks on... More »

Top-Selling Girl Scout Drops Dead at Dance

Autopsy inconclusive in sudden death of 14-year-old Sabrina Keller

(Newser) - A 14-year-old girl who was the top seller of Girl Scout cookies in San Diego died suddenly at a school dance, reports ABC News . Sabrina Keller, who sold 3,463 boxes of cookies this year, collapsed at the event held to celebrate the end of eighth grade on Thursday. She... More »

Girl Scouts: Thin Mints Killing Orangutans' Home

Duo protests cookies' palm oil recipe

(Newser) - America's cookie buyers shouldn't have to choose between buying Girl Scout cookies and saving orangutans, say a pair of Michigan girl scouts leading calls for the organization to change its recipe. Seventh graders Rhiannon Tomtishen and Madison Vorva, who have rallied Girl Scout troops across the country and... More »

Girl Scouts' Hometown Crushes Cookie Sales

...in a relatively sacred spot: Outside Juliette Low's home

(Newser) - It's always sad when a city tells kids they can't sell sweet treats . It's even sadder when that city (Savannah) bars a famous group of kids (Girl Scouts) from selling their cookies in a relatively important place (outside the home of the founder of their organization). That's exactly the PR... More »

Woman Jailed After Girl Scout Cookie Brawl

What can you say? She must really like her Thin Mints

(Newser) - Everybody loves Girl Scout cookies, but not everybody loves them this much: A Florida woman is in jail on charges of beating up her roommate Sunday in a dispute over Thin Mints. Hersha Howard, 31, is accused of bursting into Jasmin Wanke’s room while she slept and accusing Wanke... More »

Wal-Mart Guns for Girl Scouts With Knockoff Cookies

(Newser) - Wal-Mart appears to be rolling out cheap knockoffs—well, “Great Value” replicas—of Girl Scout cookies, and that has one former “Cookie Mom” hopping mad. “The exclusivity of Girl Scout cookies is what makes the cookies really sell,” CV Harquail writes on Authentic Organizations. And now... More »

Peanut Scare, Economy Slam Girl Scout Cookie Sales

(Newser) - Thanks to the economy, the peanut scare, and ugly winter weather, Girl Scout cookie sales are down 20% nationwide this year, the Boston Herald reports. Key programs are in danger of being cut, but the spirit of the young troopers is undimmed. “Not a lot of people on my... More »

Economy Takes Bite Out of Girl Scout Cookies

Higher costs force Scouts to shrink cookies, boxes to keep prices steady

(Newser) - The stingy economy has forced the Girl Scouts to downsize their boxes of cookies, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Soaring prices of flour, oil and cocoa have forced them to sell smaller Samoas and thinner boxes of Thin Mints to avoid hiking prices. Shrunken household budgets are expected to hurt this... More »

Widening Peanut Recall Now Includes Pet Treats

486 are sick following outbreak at Georgia single plant

(Newser) - Peanut-flavored pet treats are the latest addition to the recall list of at least 125 peanut butter products, USA Today reports. A salmonella outbreak at a Georgia peanut plant has so far sickened some 486 people and may have caused six deaths. Pets can get salmonella from the peanut treats,... More »

Wreck Flattens Oreos; No Trace of Girl Scouts

10 tons carpet Illinois freeway in early-morning crash

(Newser) - An Illinois freeway got an unscheduled repaving this morning when a truck crash dumped 20,000 pounds of Oreos onto I-80, the Chicago Tribune reports. Police are still investigating what caused the big rig to hit a median, so no word on whether the driver (who was unhurt) had eaten... More »

Girl Scouts Look to Rebrand

Facing dwindling ranks, scouts hire image expert, plot new pitch to modern youngsters

(Newser) - The Girl Scouts of America have hired a chief marketing officer to shake up their image and bolster dwindling membership, Brandweek reports. Laurel Richie helped make Huggies and Kotex into major brands; despite the famous cookies, Scouts number less than 3 million. "How we communicate the brand and how... More »

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