As of February 28, the Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia apparently insisted Alana Thompson, known to The Learning Channel audiences as Honey Boo Boo, to take down a cookie sales advertisement posted on her official Facebook page. Ms. Boo Boo and her mother, June Shannon, were offering boxes of the Girl Scouts goodies with autographed family photos, presumably to help a scouting friend in local troop #60373 to vend bundles of boxes of the popular treats.
The Honey Boo Boo cookie sales ad offered the Girl Scouts products at $3.50 per box, plus shipping. Before the Girl Scouts’ ban occurred, the Southern star’s shipments totaled in the hundreds. Those sales are expected to stand, with the local troop reaping the benefits.
The Girl Scouts cried foul over Honey Boo Boo’s online cookie sales, essentially claiming the young celebrity’s tactics would cheat actual scouting participants from valuable life lessons like personal achievement and goal-setting. Honey Boo Boo, after all, did not ring dozens of doorbells or sit for hours outside grocery stores to peddle the pastries, as Madison-area and other Girl Scout cookie sellers do.
But Honey Boo Boo and her mom may not crumble easily.
Shannon fired back immediately with this February 28 statement:
It has always been my family’s goal to give back and help others. I have helped our family friend sell Girl Scout Cookies for the past three years. While Alana is not an official Girl Scout, we have followed all rules sent to us by the local council.
According to the Girl Scout rules, scouts and volunteers are free to participate in the annual cookie sales. But here’s the catch. Online promotions are off-limits. Still, folks may find Facebook pages and eBay listings posted by actual scouting members to market the morsels.
In fact, one of the 701,000-plus fans of Honey Boo Boo’s Facebook page posted this March 1 plea:
Is it too late to order cookies?
Alana Thompson is the child star of “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” on TLC, The Learning Channel.
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