Every year, young girls across the United States proudly don green vests laden with prized badges and head out to sell America’s favorite cookies. The earliest recorded instance of Girl Scouts selling cookies was in 1917, and after a hundred years of cookie sales, it doesn’t look like the beloved tradition is going anywhere! But what is normally a favorite practice of Girl Scouts and their families recently turned into a terrifying crime for one 12-year-old Girl Scout and her mom.
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It all started around 5 p.m. when a teenager approached the pair as they sold cookies outside of a Union City Safeway. He looked innocent enough. He appeared to be 16 to 19 years old, around 5 foot 4 with a thin build. He asked about buying cookies, but then walked away without purchasing anything. Moments later, he returned carrying a pistol and threatening the Girl Scout and her mother. He robbed the mom and then took all of the money the girl had made in cookie sales. He took off immediately afterward and has not yet been caught. Thankfully, no one was hurt.
Many of the officers investigating the robbery, have children involved in scouting. Their hearts went out to the young girl and her mom, so they decided they’d do something for them. Together, officers donated more than $1,000 to the mother and girl out of their own pockets! But their kindness didn’t end there…. the officers bought every one of her cookies.
Union City police Sgt. Steve Mendez said he is “just glad no one was hurt and we were able to change a negative thing into something positive for the mom and her daughter.â€
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