When Honey Boo Boo, aka Alana Thompson, was banned from flogging girl scout cookies on her massively popular Facebook page by the scout organization itself, it seemed her sweet shop days were over.
Honey Boo Boo was selling the cookies online to the 701,000 plus fans who’ve liked her page but this was deemed unfair to the girls who go door-to-door trying to offload the treats.
But the 7-year-old – who isn’t even a scout – has gumption and decided to help her local Georgia Troop sell cookies at the Milledgeville Mall in Milledgeville, Georgia.
Honey Boo Boo’s mother June Shannon said: “If I can raise more money for a troop, whoever they are, especially in an area where they don’t get a lot of money, and parents can’t afford to buy a ton of cookies, why wouldn’t I help?”
And she got quite the support act in the form of father Mike “Sugar Bear” Thompson, sisters Jessica “Chubs”, Lauryn “Pumpkin” and Anna “Chickadee” along with baby Kaitlyn.
Alana Thompson, displaying her saleswoman skills, made a deal with shoppers that if they purchase five boxes of cookies from the troop she would pose for a picture with them.
The trouble starting getting cooked up when Honey Boo Boo started selling the snacks on her Facebook page for a friend.
After receiving more than 450 requests for the delicious snacks, the page posted a photo showing the cookies in their boxes and then another as they were about to be shipped.
But the girl scouts association soon put a stop to the youngster’s entrepreneurial ways.
According to TMZ, a rep for GSUSA in Georgia said they contacted Honey Boo Boo’s site administrator and explained that selling the cookies online was not allowed.
The rep said Honey Boo Boo was defeating the whole purpose of selling the cookies, which was to teach girls a range of lessons including goal setting and people skills.
The ad has now been taken down but the sales already made will be counted, TMZ reported.
The colorful poster boasted a wide range of cookies including Do-si-dos, peanut butter sandwiches, trefoils, shortbreads, Samoas, caramel DeLites, Savannah smiles. peanut butter patties, tagalings and thin mints.
The boxes were priced at $3.50 plus shipping, and the Thompson clan were even throwing in a signed photo.
The Facebook site was inundated with fan requests for cookies, with many asking how they could get more.
Victoria Carter wrote: “You’ll are doing a good thing supporting the girl scouts! I was a scout for eight years and very well remember hauling those cookies over hill and dell delivering them myself.”
But some users agreed that flogging the cookies through a website was not in the spirit of girl scouting.
Barbara Swank wrote on the Facebook page: “This is not at all in the spirit of Girl Scouting. So sad for this little girl. She isnt learming anything from tne program (sic).”