Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Girl Scouts Crackdown ...

Is there a merit badge for litigation?

From The Times (of Northwest Indiana):

"Girl Scouts deliver cookies, lawyers deliver lawsuit
Drifting Dunes Council hopes to collect $8,000 in delinquent cookie sales

BY BILL DOLAN

Girl Scouts will begin bringing cookies to local doorsteps this week about the same time lawyers will be delivering lawsuits to delinquent Scout families.

The Drifting Dunes Girl Scout Council is trying to collect more than $8,000 in delinquent 2004 and 2005 cookie sales from dozens of Scout parents and guardians.

'We want to send a strong message that this is money being taken from girls,' Melissa Thompson, communications director for the Scout council, said Monday.

The lawsuits were being filed in Lake and Porter counties against families whose children placed and delivered cookie orders and failed to forward the money to their troop leaders.

'It's hurting the troops because they receive a percentage of the sales and then the rest of the money goes to pay for the programs and facilities, including our camps,' Thompson said.

The Cookie Day sales this year is generating gross revenues of $1.4 million. She said the council currently oversees 4,400 Girl Scouts between the ages of 5 to 17 in Lake, Porter, Newton and Jasper counties.

Thompson said the Drifting Dunes Council sent letters to the delinquent families after each annual cookie sale, and additional collection letters were sent this summer by the council's attorney.

Any missing money that is collected will be divided up among the troops that raised the money and the administration of Girl Scout programs in general."

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