San Antonio Girl Scout troop owes debt after massive cookie order mix-up


by Mayra Moreno &

Posted on May 30, 2013 at 11:07 AM

Updated Thursday, May 30 at 11:54 AM

SAN ANTONIO -- A local Girl Scout troop is scrambling to sell more and more cookies after an ordering error left them with a monster task and a looming debt.

Troop 1497 only wanted 500 individual boxes. However, the troop leader accidentally ordered 500 cases.

With 12 boxes in each case, the troop of five girls was stuck with a tall order of 6,000 boxes -- that's 1,200 boxes for each girl to sell.

According to a letter from the Girl Scouts organization, the troop has until June 3 to pay up. Otherwise, the debt will be handed over to a collection agency.

Keisha Hopper's first-grader is in the troop. She said the troop was able to hand off 200 cases to other troops and has been selling boxes like crazy.

As of Wednesday, the girls had only 49 cases left to sell, which carries a debt of $2,147.79.

Stephanie Finleon, the chief development and communications officer at Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas, said she encourages the troop to call the product sales office to find a solution.

"We really want to make sure that we're there to support all of our members," she said.

The troop leader has since resigned and two of the troop members have dropped out of the Girl Scouts.

Looking for cookies? Call 1-800-580-7247 and ask to get in contact with Troop 1497.