February 25, 2014 by gregrabidoux2013
Disclosure time. I was never a Girl Scout. Not even a Brownie. Simply not biologically eligible. Nope. And for that matter, going on camping trips with lots of other boys never really fired me up either. So, while I had that option, I chose not to be a Boy Scout. There are times I regret not being able to show off my Badge-Bling but we make our decisions and then we have to live with the good and the bad. I still sold plenty of chocolate bars, it was just for Little League base-ball and in all honesty, my family ended up buying most of the boxes.
If it’s any consolation though, I have bought my share of Girl Scout cookies over the years. The ones with the peanut-butter are in a word-addictive.
And speaking of addictions, seems several adorable and entrepreneurial little Girl Scouts are cashing in on legalized marijuana.
Well, they are setting up “shop” right outside legalized pot dispensaries in places like San Francisco, Spokane, Phoenix and the word is in Denver as well (conflicting reports about Denver, GS rep. says No, stories persist of GS sales). In other words, folks go in and get their legalized pot and they hear the sweet, cherubic voice of a 12 year-old cookie-selling, mini-“Rockefeller” in the making Girl Scout say, “Excuse me sir, Miss, but would you like some yummy S’Mores or Peanut-Buttery cookies to wash down that cannabis? Perhaps, some thin mints to fend off those “marijuana munchies?”
Does it work?
You bet. These little entrepreneurs with sashes are selling their cookies as if they were, well, hot cakes.
But seems like some political spoil sports want to shut down these profit-making Girl Scouts.
They argue that this is sending the wrong message to future Mrs. Fields-type CEOs. They want to ban Girl Scouts from selling so close to marijuana dispensaries and that pot and GS cookies are a bad recipe, so to speak.
Parents of the Girl Scouts who have been selling their cookies by the dozens of boxes seem to be reciting the Real Estate creed-you know, location, location, location. And boy, I mean, girl, have they got some prime cookie-selling real estate on their hands.
However, this year’s Girl Scout cookies which cost $4.50 per box for say 18 thin mints and will be part of over $500 million in GS cookie sales will only net about 18% to the actual scout for every box sold. The rest will go to the baker/manufacturer of the cookies and to the GS Council.
The bottom-line is that these young girls of whom the GS National association claims that about 80% of our nation’s female business owners were Girl Scouts have to sell a factory full of rather pricey cookies to win prizes and earn money for things like camp tuition.
And we, sympathetic Girl Scout cookie buyers foot the bill.
As for the Boy Scouts? They sell lots of other items, most frequently, popcorn. Sorry, boys, that just doesn’t scratch that itch right after a dose or two of the cannabis.
So, are these scouts exploiting adult’s need for legalized, medical and recreational marijuana? Or, are they just fulfilling the Girl Scout oath, especially, the part where they pledge to:
“To serve God and my country, to help people at all times, and to live by the Girl Scout Law.”
Are they not just “helping people” afflicted with the munchies?
And as far as the Girl Scout “Law,” well, part of it says they must “use resources wisely” and “help make the world a better place.”
As one of the medicinal marijuana users and buyer of a box of S’Mores confessed, that yes, the world was indeed a better place. Though, I’m not sure his euphoria was a result of the pot or the cookies. maybe, both.
So, will our sash-wearing, bling-badge-earning girl scouts be permitted to continue to be very crafty in where they choose to sell their cookies?
I, for one, am convinced that they are learning a valuable lesson about basic capitalist economics: Where there is a demand be sure and be the one providing the supply.
It’s just I wish they would do so at a more reasonable price. Those S’Mores are gonna break my budget.