Selling Girl Scout cookies is almost like a right of passage for young girls. It's a fun experience where you not only get to bond with fellow troop members, but also partake in some friendly competition.
Last year, Girl Scouts of America made two major additions to their cookie business, introducing new flavors as well as online ordering. The new flavors are s'mores oriented (s'moreiented?), and were a huge success.
The cookies are also available to order on Amazon, which means you can have them shipped directly to your house. This tactic is a little controversial, because it takes away from the kids who are actually selling the cookies.
When one Girl Scout and her dad, who have chosen to remain anonymous, found a way to boost their own sales, it went completely viral. Problem is, it might have broken the rules.
The girl and her father decided to set up shop just outside a marijuana dispensary in San Diego. The ingenious move helped the girl sell more than 300 boxes of cookies in under six hours.
On January 1st of this year, San Diego legalized recreational marijuana, so setting up shop outside a dispensary seems like an incredibly intelligent business tactic. The young girl went totally viral, which actually worked against her.
Girl Scouts San Diego says it's possible the girl broke at least two rules, and they're now looking into it. According to them, Girl Scouts can only sell cookies outside a business if a permit is obtained and that business is a Girl Scout approved site. Clearly, a marijuana dispensary is not an approved location. The other problem is that booth sales don't start for another week, so the scouts are only allowed to sell from wagons or door-to-door, as long as a parent is present.
"So if that's what they say they were doing...then they were right within the rules," said Alison Bushan, of Girl Scouts San Diego.
“The walk-about or door-to-door sales rules are in place to protect Girl Scouts and their families from receiving citations for solicitation of cookies,” Girl Scout San Diego communications director, Mary Doyle, said.
Sources say they say the girl was technically off the property and was, in fact, selling from a wagon, so in theory she wasn't breaking any rules. That doesn't mean it's not still an issue.
If it is determined that this young girl broke the rules, then she could be stripped of all the awards and prizes she won for selling over 300 boxes of cookies.