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Your Two Cents: Girl Scout Cookie Pushing at the Office?

It's cookie time! I don't know about you, but I love Girl Scout cookies — despite the expense. I buy my Thin Mints from the adorable troop posted outside of my Safeway (even on the coldest of days!), but many people buy their boxes from co-workers on cookie duty for their kids.

Some parents lug the boxes to work because their kids are too busy to go door-to-door, while others say it isn't safe for their daughters to sell boxes by knocking around the neighborhood. According to CNN, there are some co-workers who don't appreciate the pattern of parents doing the cookie pushing because they don't want to be bothered or they think it's unethical for the parents to make sales that determine which girls get prizes.


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kscincotta kscincotta 8 years
I always buy cookies from my colleague at work's daughters. When I was younger, my parents would bring in my order forms, so I see it as a form of repaying them. The only requirement for me was that my parents wouldn't bring in my forms unless I hand wrote a letter to go with it that described exactly what we were raising money for, which was a nice learning exercise for me. I also do a lot of fundraising for breast cancer charities and my co-workers have been very supportive of me, so again, I like to return their kindness.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 8 years
I have never passed a cookie stand or anything else where kids were selling food, just like I have never purchased anything from one where only adults were selling it.
ylovely ylovely 8 years
My mom did it for me.
wren1 wren1 8 years
I've gotten really sick of co-workers selling their kids' fundraising stuff at work. What are kids learning from this exercise?
lindssaurussss lindssaurussss 8 years
i love those cookies! and being a veteran girl scout just buy the cookies! you know they discontinuing one of their cookies because the ingredients are expensive and no ones buying them because people are saying "whole point of fundraising is to instill a sense of ownership of their organizations for kids and teens, so having mommy and daddy do it for them defeats the purpose" whatever. keep the cookies alive! if you dont wanna buy them then dont the parents cant make you so stop bitchin.
smart-blonde smart-blonde 8 years
On principle, I just won't buy anything for any kind of fundraiser for anyone's kids at work. It quickly becomes very expensive to do otherwise. I also think that the whole point of fundraising is to instill a sense of ownership of their organizations for kids and teens, so having mommy and daddy do it for them defeats the purpose. When Girl Scout cookie time comes, I buy from a friend's daughter.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i don't really mind it..and i find that it's easier to say no to parents rather than the's hard when you don't have a couple dollars even to spare to buy a box...and i just feel really bad saying no to the kids outside the grocery store.
jelibeann jelibeann 8 years
i work for a fairly large non-profit and almost all of our fundraising programs allow each fundraiser to have a website dedicated to reaching their goal - they can write personal stories about why they're trying to raise money and keep friends and family up-to-date on their goals...could be a new way to help the girls do their selling...people could purchase cookies online with their credit cards and there would be no need for door-to-door selling...they could even do websites for the troop as a whole, avoiding the sales competition...i'm sure there are down-sides and it might seem kind of lazy to some...haha...but better safe than sorry...and everyone will have access to purchase even if they don't know a girl scout!
LoveSarah LoveSarah 8 years
I'm right there with you amyeeb. When I was a girl scout the girls who sold the most were the ones who had their parents bring in the form to work. While I walked door to door and got nothing! I still am pretty bitter about it, but I know if my (hypothetical) kid is ever a girl scout I would bring in the form to work, and make her go door to door.
Anne26 Anne26 8 years
I love girl scout cookies. No one has come by our office selling some.
Captivate Captivate 8 years
I'm conflicted. People, including kids, need to do their own work. What are they being taught if they just dump the work on someone else? ... But I do like Girl Scout cookies. :<
emalove emalove 8 years
I think these days, most fundraising activites like this discourage kids from going door-to-door. I know that at the school I teach in, we tell our students NOT to do this when they're fundraising. I can't remember the last time a kid came to my door selling anything, either...they're always staked outside of the grocery store or something instead.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I have no problems with it because when I was in Girl Scouts, I think everyone in my troop had their moms and dads take the order forms to work and see if anyone wanted any. My parents always just brought the forms in and told people "Hey, my kids are selling cookies...sign up for some if you want them". They never actually asked people to buy them or anything. It's definitely a big help for those kids (like me and my sis) that have overprotective parents that don't let them out to sell cookies door to door.
valancyjane valancyjane 8 years
I’m torn on this. My parents wouldn’t let me go door-to-door when I was little, but they wouldn’t take the order forms to their offices either – they didn’t want to put pressure on anyone to buy, so they expected me to make do with the few token boxes of cookies they bought. I thought it was so unfair. But now that I’m older and I’m the one facing the order forms in the break room and the cute faces on my doorstep, I get where they were coming from. At my current office, order forms for cookies or wrapping paper or whatever show up in the kitchen every so often but no one is pressured, thankfully. I’d like it if the kids showed up to deliver the goods, though – they need to do *some* of the work.
socktree socktree 8 years
You can take my do-si-dos when you pry them from my cold dead hands.
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
Undecided. Granted it may be dangerous for little girls to go door to door (but if you actually let your little girl go door to door alone, you have HUGE problems). I wouldn't mind if someone posted some info about them selling cookies in the office (but in my office I'm kinda low girl on the totem pole) so I may feel like I "should" buy some. It's weird. i guess it would be a case by case basis. I live in NYC and only encountered my first Girl Scout about 2 years ago (and I bought a box of caramel ones, on't remember the name) but her mother standing behind her kept saying "Youre only buying one? Really? Just one? You know, thats not too helpful. Maybe you should just buy another one, i mean you want to help our little angels don't you?" Now that was pushy!!
skigurl skigurl 8 years
i wouldn't want someone coming around to my desk and asking because i'd feel obligated, but like someone else said, if they just sent an email or posted a sign saying "come see me if you want some" then whatever, that's cool
stephley stephley 8 years
I'm undecided. We live in an area that's all apartment buildings and they refuse to allow door to door selling. There's always a group selling something in front of our local grocery stores, so you have to ask the managers to allot you time there. I work in a three person office so selling my kid's candy, wrapping paper or magazines would get old real fast. I have worked in offices with competing parents selling stuff and that got uncomfortable, and in an office where there was almost always something for sale because so many people had kids. I think groups need to come up with new fund-raising ideas.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
>their kids are too busy to go door-to-door? If the kid is too busy, then maybe they need to cut back on activities. I would only buy if the child actually came into work. Otherwise, the parent is just doing her work for her, regardless of whether I'm being asked directly or just a general announcement is made.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
This was my reply over on lilsugar so I'll just post it here too... I have such a pet peeve about this. Even when my daughters were in scouts I hated this. Many companies have a policy against solicitations in the workplace. Not all companies enforce that policy. Another issue too is that if you or your spouse are in a position of authority at work then it can be seen as coercing your employees even when no pressure is put on the option to purchase. People may feel obligated simply because it's the boss. I think it's very unprofessional to bring fundraisers to work. Which is one of the reasons I'm so against fundraisers these days. It's not safe to go door to door, and even if it was most of these children live in the same area so neighbors are bombarded with solicitations to buy things, and one kid always seems to get out there before anyone else and get all the sales. And it's unprofessional to bring it to work, there has to be a better way to do fundraisers.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I'm with pretty much everyone else. At my office, one person sent out a general e-mail and posted the order form in the kitchen, which I am totally fine with. Actually asking people would be a little pushy, imo.
SillyGirl SillyGirl 8 years
I think sending an email out saying: "my girl has girl scout cookies for sale, let me know if your interested" is OK - but door to door and asking people individually is not appropriate.
supercoolnat supercoolnat 8 years
Where I work, there are a couple parents who sell cookies, but they're not pushy at all. They just leave an order form in the break room. Easy access for those of us interested in buying, but not obnoxious at all. I do agree, though, that the girls shouldn't get credit for their parents sales.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
pretty my troop did and it burned me. Hahahaha.
prettywarrior prettywarrior 8 years
I think it's okay for the parents to sell cookies at their office because so many people LOVE the cookies, but I also don't think it's fair to reward the girls who sell the most. It shouldn't be a competition. That said, I'm really sad that nobody in my office pushes girl scout cookies. I would totally buy some!!!
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