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Girl Scouts hit by big cookie order hoax

March 17, 2013 at 7:56 PM   |   Comments

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PORTLAND, Ore., March 17 (UPI) -- A $24,000 order for 6,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies turned out to be a hoax, two troops in Oregon say.

"They placed a fake order on us and they didn't know that it hurt our feelings a lot," Girl Scout Erin Donnelly, 8, said of the unknown pranksters.

The fake order appeared to come from a woman at a local company and two troops put aside boxes for the lucrative order only to learn they had been duped when they approached the company for payment, ABC News reported Sunday.

"I contacted the ... company and they said, 'We have no idea what's going on,'" scout mother Jennifer Reed said.

The Girl Scouts regrouped, though, and held an emergency sale at their Portland headquarters Saturday, selling about half of the cookies. Another sale is set for March 23.

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