Were 13,200 Girl Scout cookie boxes destroyed recently for no good reason? Sadly, it's true. The massive waste of money, flour, sugar, eggs, cardboard, ink and other components of the tasty cookies and their packaging was caught on camera last May but brought to light by CBS Los Angeles nearly one year later, according to a Feb. 16, 2013 report by Gawker.
The 1,100 cases of cookies were unsold treats ordered by the Girl Scouts that were returned to the bakery where they were produced. The Girl Scouts are permitted to return 1% of product to the bakery without paying for it. It was reportedly the supplier, ABC Bakery, that destroyed the treats, not the Scouts.
CBS Los Angeles's David Goldstein uncovered the shocking destruction as the 13,200 Girl Scout cookie boxes were destroyed on video, and he followed the figurative trail of cookie crumbs to the San Gorgonio Council of the Girl Scouts in Redlands, which claimed to have donated 100,000 boxes of cookies last year, the same year the footage was shot.
Imagine the joy that all those sweet, delicious cookies could have brought to underprivileged children, people living in homeless shelters, soup kitchens, nursing homes or outreach centers. Instead these 13,200 Girl Scout cookie boxes were destroyed unceremoniously by a bulldozer as a worker gleefully shouted, "Goodbye, Girl Scout cookies!" Thanks to the publicity surrounding the videotaped destruction, the distasteful practice has been uncovered, and the Girl Scouts have the opportunity to redeem themselves by making better choices in the future.