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Girl Scouts Hoax Costs Group $24K For Prankster's Order

9:36 AM, Mar 18, 2013   |    comments
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Portland OR -- People from all corners of Oregon gathered in Portland this weekend to help some Girl Scout troops recover from a costly prank.

Girl Scout cookie sales ended a few weeks ago, but now local troops are trying to sell thousands of boxes left from that prank. The Oregonian reports the scouts were fooled by an order of 6,000 boxes -- or $24,000 in cookies -- that turned out to be fraudulent. 

The group had 3,000 boxes to sell in a special southwest Portland sale Saturday. As of 6 p.m. Saturday they were down to 52 big boxes of those cookies.

Organizers say the Girl Scouts learned some tough business lessons -- and some good things about the kindness of their community.
    
The fraudulent order had been placed via email, from an address belonging to an acquaintance of a troop leader. The e-mailer turned out to be a girl who used her mother's e-mail address to pull the prank.

KOIN has learned that no charges will be brought in that case.

"That individual has been in contact with the troop and expressed that she was sorry," said Sarah Miller with the Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington. "She said she was sorry and that she didn't think it would be that big of a deal."

The Girl Scouts communication director says no money was exchanged in the situation, so that's why no charges will be filed against that fake buyer. 

Portland Girl Scouts will try to sell the remaining 3,000 or so boxes of cookies next weekend at the council headquarters.

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