Alana Thompson, better known to the world as Honey Boo Boo from the TLC hit show, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, has been trying to help a friend of hers,a Girl Scout named Destiny, sell Girl Scout cookies.
With the amount of fans that the show has, and the major social media following, Alana and her family have sold tons of cookies via their official facebook page.
They even are autographing the boxes and including a signed photo of the family for all who buy the cookies at $3.50 a box plus shipping.
Nice thing to do right?
Well, according to the Girl Scouts of America, it needs to stop.
Their problem with this is that Alana is not a Girl Scout, and the Girl Scouts of America want Alana and her family to stop selling the cookies for her friend because it does not follow policy.
The Girl Scout headquarters said;
"While we encourage our Girl Scouts to use the most creative and resourceful ways possible to reach their Cookie Program goals, we are committed to applying our Girl Scout Cookie Program policies fairly across the board."
Debbie Caballero, marketing and communications officer for Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia, says that Alana is personally ineligible to sell the cookies since only Girl Scouts can sell them.
June Shannon, Alana's mom and manager, posted on the facebook page that all the cookies that have been paid for were recently shipped out. They even posted a picture with all the packages of cookies that were ready to be shipped. She said they got over one hundred emails in two hours asking for cookies.
Shannon said that the only issue that the Girl Scouts had with them selling the cookies is because of an official Girl Scout logo that was posted on a picture a fan made for them with Alana on it and they posted on their fb page. They were asked to remove it and they did.
She also told TMZ;
"If I can raise more money for a troop, whoever they are, especially in an area where they don’t get a lot of money, and parents can’t afford to buy a ton of cookies, why wouldn't I help? We're doing nothing wrong."
They reportedly sold over 400 boxes.
Debbie Caballero said that the family could finish fulfilling the orders they promised because;
" We want our Girl Scouts to follow through on their promises, we are allowing the girls to fulfill orders of autographed cookies that were sold prior to the request that the post be taken down,"
Many on FB are complaining that it is not fair to have Alana sell the cookies because she is not a scout and all the other girls have to do it themselves. Thous some people say that parents help their girls sell the cookies all the time, at work, school ,and other places and it is not hurting anyone and is in fact helping the scouts.
All proceeds go to the Girl Scouts regardless of who sells them or how they are sold.
The Girl Scout program says that they want the girls to sell the cookies to help teach them the five goals the program focuses on;
"Our council focuses closely on the five skills the Cookie Program teaches: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics. Girl Scout Cookie Professionals learn these skills through the actual experience of running a business. The council works alongside girls as they learn that a business plan must sometimes be revised."
According to the Honey Boo Boo FB page they are still selling the cookies because the orders keep pouring in.
Do you think it is wrong for Alana to sell cookies and give out autograph photos for all who buy?
Should only the Girl Scouts be allowed to sell the cookies?
Let us know what you think.
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