Friday, March 01, 2013

Honey Boo Boo & The Girl Scouts Are Fighting

Honey Boo Boo is not a Girl Scout. That does not stop Honey or her family from being the world's largest consumer of the cookies though. Actually I have no idea if they are and if June has lost 100 pounds in the past year, they probably aren't. What they are though is big supporters of their town and have been using their fame to help their long time friends and family and community. So, on her Facebook page, Honey Boo Boo has been selling Girl Scout Cookies for a friend of the family. Honey has 800K people who like her Facebook page and hundreds of orders have been coming in to purchase cookies. The Girl Scouts have told Honey to stop. They don't allow online sales and they think that the troop in Georgia is getting an unfair advantage. Oh, and they think that by not standing outside and going door to door that somehow the girls are missing out on valuable life lessons. I thought the lesson was that you get good stuff if you sell a lot of boxes. I'm not sure what the life lesson is when your parent takes the sign up sheet to their respective offices and you meet your quota that way. I understand the logic behind their decision which Honey Boo Boo's mom says she will ignore, but every box Honey Boo Boo sells means one less box being crushed by a bulldozer because it went unsold and the Girl Scouts refuse to give any to food banks or shelters. How is it right to do that, but not let Honey Boo Boo sell them, or help sell them anyway.

48 comments:

greenmountaingal said...

Is anyone watching Biggest Loser this season? If so, do you think that Bingo kid is the male version of Honey Boo Boo?

I could really go for some Samoas right now.

rejectedcarebear said...

No one goes door to door anymore. At least not in the crappy neighborhood I live in (yes I am upset I missed out this year so I have to wait until they sell them at the grocery store)

I was a GS for 8 years and I loved going door to door selling cookies and one year I sold 300+ and my troop went to Canada. It was awesome. I was 8 and felt cool cause I got to travel internationally.

Cathy said...

That whole parents bringing the order sheet to work always steamed me when I was a scout, probably because my parents refused to do it. Instead, my dad would give up his saturdays to take me door-to-door.

Rebecca said...

At my office the girl scout(s) come in to sell and deliver. And each box comes with a thank you note/drawing! There definitely is a right way and a wrong way! Good for the Girl Scouts for sticking to the rules.

O'Really said...

@greenmountaingal, Samoas really do make the world go around, don't they? There is no substitute.

MISCH said...

Going door to door is not exactly safe these days and as far as fair...what about parents who bring those order pads to work and to clubs and sell them for their kids...is that fair ?
I say go for it Honey......

Cathy said...

Also, I just want to say that the most genius cookie booth location I have ever seen was my freshman year of college and they were set up right outside the dining hall. They had a huge line the whole time.

VIPblonde said...

This is genius! I work in a 2-person office, and haven't had access to Girl Scout cookies in years!! Man, what I would do for a Samoa right about now :)

Remember in Troop Beverly Hills when they set up shop outside of Jane Fonda's gym and they cleaned up? LOL

Cathy said...

Imagine the numbers a girl scout would do if she set up outside a Phish concert!

Carissa said...

My daughter was in Girl Scouts, and don't let them fool you! Those cookie sales are something right out of Glengary Glenross!! They were told to sell, sell, SELL or their troop wouldn't get to go anywhere, do anything, or have any parties. The whole year was spent on "preparing" for cookie sales. It made me sick. Needless to say, she is no longer in Girl Scouts, where the only really lesson they are teaching is sales marketing.

AuntJess said...

They bulldoze them? Wah? That is plain dumb. I have a huge problem with businesses or restaurants wasting food when we have a giant problem with hunger in this country. Also good for mama June for losing the weight.

PuggleWug said...

My troop just gave the orders to our parents, and they did the rest. Hell, my mom brought them to her AA meetings. I believe I came in.second for selling the most cookies.

hunter said...

I sold cookies as a kid and it is a good experience. However, living in NYC, going door to door may or may not be a safe thing to do and if parents didn't bring sign-up sheets to the office I'd never get any cookies!!!

dia papaya said...

GMG - You are so right! Biingo (he spells it with two i's) is the male HBB!!!

I'm not enjoying the season of Biggest Loser that much. Jillian blew a gasket!!! I'm so tired of her insane screaming sessions. I hope she doesn't come back. I prefer the Bob and Dolvett show.

And yes, Samoas are the best!

Ashlea said...

I'm glad you all are saying Samoas. Not caramel delites.

Jason said...

I might have bought some online last fall. Maybe.

I liked it better that way anyway. I never have any cash on me as I'm leaving Lowe's, which is the only place I see Girl Scouts in the wild.

Amber said...

June said she wanted to do whatever she could to help this troop from a poor town where people don't have money to sit and buy up a bunch of boxes of GSCs. I think it's awesome they're using their fame to help their community. The GSA is probably just bitter some poor white trash is kicking their prim and proper ass. :P

Mala Propism said...

The GS cookie racket is exactly that - a racket.
Pretending that they don't "do" online sales just means they don't know Moms on Facebook. It's like Canadian prescription drugs in the US - if you look? It's everywhere.

Amber said...

BTW, my last comment was mocking the GSA, not the Georgia community.

JJ said...

Proud scout leader and Brownie mom here. Some troops take cookie sales way too seriously, but that's life. Girl Scouts is about teaching the girls proper values, character building and leadership skills.

Take a look around and you'll see uptight a-hole world leaders and smart, fair and compassionate leaders. In GS the girls get to decide which type of leader they are and how they'll handle diversity (ie the uptight a-holes).

And please don't blame GS for the bulldozer incident. It's like making a return at Marshalls. You aren't responsible if they decide to torch that terrible Jessica Simpson bag when you take it back.

Lola said...

They call them Caramel Delights here (the names are dependent upon which of 2 bakeries supplies your region)

My daughter's troop stopped selling cookies, by popular demand, last year. Instead, we all make a monetary donation to the troop. And really, outside of the cookie push, GS are really good for kids...they foster camaraderie, goalsetting, health, fitness, working for the community. Right now my daughter's troop is working on their silver award. They are spending 2years planning, funding and implementing a citywide 5k...it's a huge undertaking.

greenmountaingal said...

Oh right, the two ii's. Why does he spell it like that???? Is it wrong that I don't really care about the kids this season? They're kind of meh to me.

I don't mind this season mainly because there's no one totally obnoxious on it. But Jillian needs to calm down! And what's with Bob's glasses? Thank God for Dolvett. He's so pretty.

scratchy kitty said...

Yet the Girl Scouts claim they cant make gluten free cookies for people like me who have celiac disease. F u Girl Scouts, and all other companies who refuse to offer a gluten free version of their products.

Roman Holiday said...

I ate a box of Samoa's within two days at work, and I couldn't go to the bathroom for a week!!! Is this TMI ?

O'Really said...

Yes Roman....How dare you sully the heavenly Samoa with insinuations of constipation! Samoas are all that is good and right in this world. Your malfunctioning bowels must be a product of something, anything, else...not those precious, chocolate rippled, coconut dusted, caramel laden, pieces of heaven. I bet you ate a vat of mac and cheese that week.

Catherine said...

For year round goodness and at a much lower price, here is a tidbit:

Samoas/Caramel Delights = Keebler Coconut Dreams cookies

A package of those goes eaten pretty quick!

prolixe said...

One of my son's classmates is a GS and her mom is the leader. She stocks up when it's sale time and stores them in her freezer. She's GF but her son is one my son's best friends - she whips them out when all the teenage boys are there for their Xbox tourneys. And she's not above sneaking a box or two my way. :b Yeah, she's my dealer.

cactusflower said...

I actually had a brownie come to my door to sell Girl Scout cookies this year! I was so excited that they still came door to door instead if camping out in front of a grocery store that I bought two boxes, diet be damned! I mean, calories don't count when they're for charity, right?

katie- didn't in CA said...

Girl Scouts donate TONS of cookies to food banks and the military every year as a national organization. Troops also make donations to shelters/ VA's/ food banks.
The problem with what the BooBoo family is doing is that they used the GS logo and made it look like a GS event which it is not. They are also not charging the correct amount for the cookies.

Cookie sales create our ENTIRE troop budget for the year. This pays for our annual camping trip, badges/patches, outings, crafting supplies, meeting supplies and snack needs. It is not cheap to run a troop.

I love watching the girls grow each year with cookie sales. They learn to speak to people clearly, show gratitude and how to present themselves in a positive manner. My Junior girls learn banking and money management.
Here's a Samoa hint, put it in the micro for 5 seconds. Best thing ever

prolixe said...

Oh and to add - WTH is this world coming to when Honey Boo Boo has 800k likes on FB and people are sending her money for cookies? This little girl is a brat and her family is disgusting. I'm not usually judge-y on kids, but I've seen exactly 5 minutes of her and my kids would be spending the year in her room if that stuff came out of their mouths.

auntliddy said...

I dont want their crappy wildly exspensive cookies,m I just donate money. They shld be grateful anyone even buys them at all!!

Gayeld said...

@Cathy. I have a neighbor who works in the same building I do, she took her daughter door-to-door and then brought her into work and had her go around and take to people in the building. I, otoh, just brought my kid's box of candy bars to work and headed straight for the soft touches.

ms snarky said...

If they're bulldozing my Thin Mint supply, the Girl Scouts and I are going to have to have a very serious talk.

SusanB said...

I got 2 boxes of Thin Mints and put them in the freezer - they'll come out in August when I'll really be able to appreciate them.

califblondy said...

Jillian's crap is old and I'm sick of her drama and playing to the camera.

Dolvett is sexy as hell and seems to be a nice guy.

Jackie Warner should take Jill's place

Phaedra said...

Wow! Such self control! If I know those cookies are in the freezer,that's IT!

Re O'Realy....too funny!

Lelaina Pierce said...

I was in the Brownies and the Girl Scouts and always thought it was completely unfair when the "highest seller" came from having mommy or daddy pass the sign up sheet through their large company. These were usually the same parents that did their kids science projects, etc. My parents were self-employed, so I had to sell them on my own.

As far as Honey Boo Boo, rules is rules. If she wants to help the GA troop out, have her join them and park her little ass outside the Best Buy or wherever they are selling the cookies these days.



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HBB and her family are perfect for this! We no longer eat food, we eat food-like products. Somebody should teach kids to read labels. This is nothing but junk food. I like to tell them I wouldn't feed this to your dog. Makes them think.

jennifer hansen said...

i bought a few boxes of thin mints & tagalongs! hey i gotta make it through the year on my GS cookies! lol

Chrissy Buns said...

I say let the family use their 'fame' to do some good.

ClaireFrasier said...

Cookies are the whole reason I quit Girl Scouts! I hated selling them--door to door, by myself! And I never believed my parents that people actually WANTED them! (They were wrong about so many other things, how could they be right about that!)

And why does cookie sale time ALWAYS happen during Lent!

Renoblondee said...

Thin Mints are The. Best.

Zeeky_Boogy_Doog said...

Ha, I was just thinking that about cookie time being during Lent! A friend of mine this year gave up junk food for Lent this year... that's gotta be awful if you love GS cookies.

garbinda said...

They absolutely donate! As a former Ronald McDonald house employee, I can safely tell you hundreds of boxes are donated every year.

Samantha M. said...

I don't know what the right price is supposed to be, but the HBB ad is selling them for the same amount I was charged in Indianapolis - $3.50 a pop. Perhaps there is also regional pricing. I also think there's a shortage of cookies for the price. I don't remember the boxes being quite so stingy with the goodies.

Lola said...

I'm pretty sure the price went up and box weight went down about 5ish years ago. When my daughter was a Brownie they wee $2.75.

Jenn said...

Thin Mints are evil and must be destroyed..by me. The GS needs to get off its high horse.

Goodnight said...

Just let them sell the damn cookies and exclude the troop from any prizes based on the cookies Alana sells. It's not rocket science. The money is SUPPOSED to be for a good cause (not that I'd call the scouts a good cause with their homophobia and stinginess when it comes to unsold cookies). Let her raise money and just don't let it go towards to troop's total.