PORTLAND, Ore. (CBS Seattle) – An order placed with two Girl Scout troops for 6,000 boxes of the organization’s signature cookies was revealed to be a hoax.
According to United Press International, an unidentified woman who claimed to be part of a local company placed the order, which the troops happily worked to accommodate.
When the scouts attempted to contact the company for payment, however, they were met with disappointment.
“[T]hey said, ‘We have no idea what’s going on,'” Jennifer Reed, a scout mother, said.
In addition to losing out on the $24,000 the order would have earned for the girls, the scouts were also said to be hurt by the prank.
“They placed a fake order on us and they didn’t know that it hurt our feelings a lot,” 8-year-old Girl Scout Erin Donnelly was quoted as saying by UPI.
In order to make up the money, the troops have reportedly had to organize emergency sales. The first one, held Saturday at their Portland headquarters, helped the girls get rid of half of the overabundance of boxes.
UPI learned that another sale is set for March 23, in an ongoing effort to get rid of the surplus cookies.