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OLWG# 220- Candela Sanchez- GSA

Written for OLWG# 220

No thin mints to sell this year
takes it on herself to,
make her own cookies,
decorate brown lunch bags,
w/Crayola Crayons and Sharpies.
Fill them up with cookies,
staple them shut,
sell them to the neighbours and,
in front of Tilled Earth Market.

This week’s prompts were:

  1. Girl Scout Cookies
  2. muliebral
  3. spoiling for a fight

10 thoughts on “OLWG# 220- Candela Sanchez- GSA

  1. Muliebral, indeed. I can perfectly picture her!

    My Bummer Year Selling the Cookies of the Girl Scouts: In my time, you went house to house with order forms, just like a door-to-door salesman (no one was gender sensitive quite yet in those days). You turned your completed forms–and the money collected–into your scout leaders, who mailed the forms to GSA HQ and wrote a check to cover it all. A month or so later, your troupe would get its haul cookies, which you happily delivered to your customers. Life’s little lesson in commercialism.
    Unless, of course, in this one particular year, you end up with leaders who were unaccustomed to responsibility and the very real consequences of letting down a bunch of 8-10 year-old girls, their angry parents, and more to the point, the customers who have been salivating as they count down the days to the delivery of their multiple boxes of Thin Mints.
    My father was a career City Manager, so the situation carried political ramifications (SEEMINGLY INNOCENT GIRL SCOUT DAUGHTER OF CITY MGR RIPS OFF NEIGHBORS IN INFAMOUS THIN MINT SCAM: This Reporter Asks — What is the Badge for Excellence in Con Artististry?) My father counseled all the parents to accompany their daughters to each customer while they delivered the disappointing news and to refund the customers’ purchase.
    I hated, hated, hated having to do it. I was a kid that got bullied a lot, so to have to tuck-tail and admit failure was mortifying. As an adult, it makes all the sense in the world, especially given the little life lesson about customer service that I have carried with me all my days: It doesn’t matter who f’d up, because, in the end, it is the customer who got the short end of the stick.
    I asked my dad a bunch of years later what actually happened. Turns out a very down on their luck family pocketed the money and thought they could cover it up by not sending in the orders. Blame USPS or something. Those wild days of massive inflation were brutal on many families.

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      1. Every year since, I see a troupe of girls set up with boxes of cookies outside a grocery? I buy and buy and buy. And then I take my ill-gotten loot to the office and win many, many friends.
        But I have to ask: My stash of GS Cookies vs. the front desk person’s great-great-grandmother’s baklava? That baklava sends me over the moon and back, each and every year. But everyone else gives it a shrug! Seriously, what is it about GS Cookies?

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      2. I think that maybe the scarcity, only available once a year,,, might have something to do with it.


    1. LRose… Oh, how horrid. I had a similar experience with collecting for the March of Dimes one Halloween. The money I collected didn’t get to where it was supposed to go…a disappointing life lesson – concerning adults who didn’t do the right thing. But at least I didn’t have to go back and apologize to the folks.

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  2. Your piece reminds me of the commercial that sort of back tracks a couple getting a mixer for a wedding gift and they end up starting a business making and selling cookies!

    I’m not sure the Girls go door to door anymore. I had boys so we did the door to door with popcorn products. I always get Thin mints when the tables are set up by grocery stores… and stash them in my freezer.

    It’s been a touch year – but I never cared for door to door sales much. I do remember the Fuller Brush Man. Guess they wanted to compete with Avon Calling and Mary Kay?

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      1. Maybe there was a membership fee? I know as a Cub leader I had to go and pick up and pay for all the badges, belt buckles etc. Though myself as a volunteer didn’t get any ‘pay’.

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      2. I don’t remember if I had membership fees for my ‘boy’s’ either. I’m sure there is something though, besides buying the uniforms etc. Some troops don’t get carried away with the uniform and you only have to buy the shirt and scarves.

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