PORTLAND, Ore. – Two Girl Scout troops who were victims of a cookie order hoax will likely get to attend summer camp after all, thanks to hundreds of people who bought their cookies on Saturday.
A Hillsboro company ordered 6,000 boxes of cookies, but the order turned out to be a $24,000 hoax.
A troop parent said a co-worker approached her to set up a large corporate order. The parent said she then exchanged many emails with someone claiming to be from the company, but when it was time to collect the money, she said she found out it was fake, and the co-worker confessed to the hoax.
That left the troops with 6,000 unsold boxes of cookies, and not enough cookie credits to go to camp this summer.
The line was out the door at the Girl Scout offices Saturday morning. Hundreds showed up to buy cookies and help the girls, who sold cookies at a rate of 1,000 boxes per hour.
“I expected a few people to come down,” said Girl Scout spokeswoman Sarah Miller. “Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine this many.”
They sold 3,000 of the boxes they had from the fake order.
“I’ve been a Girl Scout for 23 years,” Miller said. “I’ve never seen anything like this.”
Girl Scout cookies are not for sale after March 10, but the troops got together for Saturday’s sale to try to make up some of the loss.
“I think it’s great. People get to buy cookies and then we get to sell all these,” said 8-year-old Girl Scout Erin Donnelly.
“I was like ‘wow,’” said 11-year-old Terra. “People actually care about stuff like this.”
Betty Englert said she saw the story about the hoax on KATU, and wanted to help. She drove down from Vancouver to buy some cookies.
“I thought it was a dirty trick to play on them, and this way they get their money back,” said Englert. “I’m so glad to see this crowd.”
“They want to show children the world is a good place,” Miller said. “When they hear about things that aren’t so great, they want to show the opposite side of that.”
The troops will have another sale next Saturday at the Girl Scout offices at 9620 S.W. Barbur Blvd. between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
You can also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on helping the troops.
Miller said they don't plan to press charges against the person who placed the fake order because that person apologized and the Girl Scouts didn't lose any money.