News stories are documenting that about 13,200 Girl Scout cookie boxes were destroyed here in California and that the trashing of unsold boxes was not an isolated incident, the Inquisitor reported Sunday.
The unsold cookies were destroyed at a waste warehouse in Riverside, in Southern California. The news reports are asking, if the cookies were edible why didn’t the Girl Scouts donate them to charity?
The New York Daily News reports that the 13,200 Girl Scout cookie box destruction case is not an isolated incident and that the Girl Scouts have been sending the left over boxes to dumps for years.
The CBS station in Los Angeles that broke the story included a video showing 13,200 Girl Scout cookie boxes being destroyed by garbage workers.
The report by CBS’ David Goldstein shows one worker cheering on the destruction of the cookies saying, “Goodbye, Girl Scout cookies!”
The cookies were not expired. They were well within their shelf date.
CBS learned that the cookies came from the San Gorgonio Council of the Girl Scouts in Redlands.
Here is the exchange between Goldstein and Girl Scout spokesman Chuck MacKinnon, “You didn’t know the cookies were being destroyed”?
MacKinnon responded, “We didn’t know that was the way they were being disposed of, no.”
Goldstein asked, “What goes through your mind when you see all these cookies (being thrown away?)”
MacKinnon replied, “To look at it, it’s a waste of food.”
CBS reports that the cookies were supplied by ABC Bakery and that the bakery also destroys the cookies. After the girl scouts order the cookies, they are only allowed to return one- percent back to the bakery for a refund.
A total of 1100 cases of cookies were destroyed, coming to a total of 13,200 boxes.
The Girl Scouts are blaming the bakery for the destruction. CBS asked if the scouts could have purchased the leftover 1100 cases and donated them and the Girl Scout spokesman conceded that they could have but didn’t.
ABC Bakery told CBS that they would have to call the Girl Scouts for comment. A Girl Scouts spokesperson in New York said there is no national policy on what to do with unsold cookies and had sympathy to those outraged by the cookie destruction. Saying that it was “a shame” what happened in California.
Will the Girl Scout cookies be destroyed in the future?
The Girl Scouts have promised that it won’t happen again because they won’t order too many cookies and the scouts add that in the past they have donated unused cookies, more than 100,00 boxes in 2012 alone.
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