Two Oregon Girl Scout troops were left with 6,000 boxes of cookies after a large corporate order turned out to be nothing more than a hoax. When the news spread about the hoax, hundreds stopped by the Portland Girl Scouts headquarters to purchase the cookies. The Girl Scout troops will now be able to attend summer camp with the money raised from the cookie sale.
The Girl Scouts hoax was worth $24,000, reports Good Morning America. A co-worker of one of the troop parents was responsible for the hoax that led to thousands of unsold boxes of cookies. The Girl Scout troops sell the boxes of cookies to raise money to attend summer camp and provide donations to local charity organizations, notes KATU News.
When the time came for payment, a troop mother, Jennifer Reed, called the company who did not know of any such order. The parent said there were several email exchanges with an individual who claimed to be a part of the company, but that was all part of the hoax, reports KATU News. The co-worker later admitted to the hoax and apologized. According to KATU News, the Girl Scouts will not seek to press any charges against the co-worker responsible for the hoax.
Unfortunately, the Girl Scouts had already processed the order and there was a possibility that the 500 cases of cookies would go unsold before an impromptu sales event led to hundreds of orders.
An emergency sale was set up at the Portland Girl Scouts headquarters, reports Good Morning America. At the Portland headquarters, hundreds of people, some who had traveled from as far away as Vancouver, Canada, lined up to buy boxes of Girl Scout cookies, with thousands of boxes being sold during the sale. In regards to the number of boxes sold, Girl Scouts spokeswoman Sarah Miller said, “Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine this many,” reports KATU News.
Of the 6,000 boxes ordered as part of the hoax, 3,000 were sold at the Portland headquarters. The Girl Scout troops have scheduled another sale for March 23 in hopes of selling the remaining boxes of cookies. With the money raised, the Girl Scout troops are likely to attend summer camp, reports KATU News.
Charles Poladian joined IBTimes in October 2012 and, when not reporting on all things topical, can be found reading or photographing concerts.