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Super smart Girl Scout sells cookies outside of pot club

One enterprising young Girl Scout had record sales of GS cookies when she sold them outside of a medical marijuana clinic
Photo by Paul Morigi

Are girls who belong to The Girl Scouts smarter than average? If you were outside The Green Cross medical marijuana clinic in San Francisco, you may have thought so. According to NBC Bay Area News on Feb. 21, one enterprising young Girl Scout did a bang-up business outside of this local pot club.

Let’s face it, everyone loves Girl Scout cookies. But like everything else, the price rises each year. In most areas, cookies are now $4 per box. You can get much cheaper cookies at the grocery store. Astute Girl Scouts need unique selling strategies to sell lots of cookies.

Enter 13-year-old Danielle Lei. Danielle set up her cookie shop outside of The Green Cross medical marijuana clinic in San Francisco and sold out her cookies in two hours flat, all 117 boxes. She also sold cookies outside of a local Safeway, but business was nowhere near as brisk.

Why did the cookies sell so well?

It's no secret that cannabis is an appetite stimulant -- so it's not shocking that a lot of our patients came and purchased cannabis, and then saw the cookies and purchased them," said Holli Bert, a spokesperson for The Green Cross. "But it wasn't just patients, staff members and neighbors also bought the cookies. I personally bought five boxes. It turned out to be a big success."

Danielle’s mother had previously asked permission to sell cookies at The Green Cross. "We were happy to have her (Danielle) come -- she is extremely business savvy," Bert said.

The Green Cross enjoyed having Danielle and her cookies outside the store. She has been invited back for a repeat performance on Saturday, Feb. 22.

How does the Girl Scouts organization feel about this selling technique? They’re okay with it. Dana Allen, Marketing and Communication Director for The Girl Scouts of Northern California stated, “The mom decided this was a place she was comfortable with her daughter being at. We’re not telling people where they can and can’t go if it’s a legitimate business.”

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