If you're a huge fan of Girl Scout cookies, you may want to stop reading. This video is so disturbing that it will make your heart drop and you'll never be the same. It depicts more than 13,200 boxes of your favorite Girl Scout cookies – Samoas, Thin Mints, etc – being crushed, run over and mixed in with trash before being sent to the landfill. Apparently this has been going on for years. It appears as though Girl Scouts USA doesn't have an official policy for how to deal with all the extra cookies.
The cookies weren't bad, weren't expired, weren't in bad condition, they were just leftovers thanks to over-ordering. To make matters worse, one worker yelled “Goodbye, Girl Scout cookies!” as the boxes were being smashed and crushed. The investigative reporter from CBS Los Angeles traced the destruction of the cookies to the San Gorgonio Council of the Girl Scouts. Chuck MacKinnon of the organization said he didn't know the cookies were being destroyed. He admitted it was a waste of food, but blamed their supplier, ABC Bakery, for how the cookies were disposed of and admitted that the cookies could have been donated.
Although San Gorgonio states that they donated more than 100,000 boxes of unsold cookies last year, that still doesn't take away from the fact that more than 13,000 boxes of deliciousness were destroyed. It may not seem like a lot, but considering the hardship of many people across the country, there are more than enough people who would have gladly taken those cookies for their own.
The good thing is that MacKinnon is now aware of the problem and swears it won't happen again. During the interview he stated “Is it the Girl Scout way? No. Did it happen? Yes. Will it happen again? No.”
We'll hold you to that Mr. MacKinnon.