Girl Scout cookies bring a smile to faces all over the country, but they come with a little secret - some of these sweet treats are destroyed if they are not sold. According to a Feb. 15 CBS News report, a video released by CBS Los Angeles (CBS LA) shows thousands of leftover Girl Scout cookies being trashed.
In the video, thousands of Girl Scout cookie boxes are crushed by a tractor at a Riverside, Calif. warehouse, with a worker cheering in the background, “Goodbye, Girl Scout cookies!” Sources told CBS LA that this was not an isolated case. Many are asking why the cookies are not donated to feed those who want them.
Pastor Cathy Purden of the Rock of the Valley Church in Van Nuys said, “That's something those children could have had, cookies.” Purden's congregation reportedly relies on food donations to feed 50-60 people a week and, Purden says, they would have gladly accepted the cookies. “You stop and think about how many little children would be excited if you gave them a box of Girl Scout cookies. I would be excited. I buy them.”
The CBS LA investigation traced the destroyed cookies to the San Gorgonio Council of the Girl Scouts in Redlands, Calif. The council’s vice president Chuck MacKinnon denied any knowledge of the destruction of the cookies when questioned about the video. “We didn't know that was the way they were being disposed of, “MacKinnon said. “To look at it, it's a waste of food.”
MacKinnon blamed the “waste” on their supplier ABC Bakery, who declined to comment, but Michelle Tompkins of Girl Scouts of the USA said, “It's a shame what happened in Riverside, but food is wasted all the time.”
MacKinnon has promised that in the future, the Council will order no more than it can sell and that no more cookies will be destroyed.
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