Girl Scout robbed of cookie money

Filed under: Teens, Health & Safety: Babies

Would you let your ten-year-old daughter go out alone to sell Girl Scout cookies? Neither would Chris Grant, but his daughter did it anyway. Nicole Grant went out with a friend to sell cookies and was stopped by a twelve-year-old girl. The other girl filled out an order form for cookies, then grabbed Nicole's money bag and took off on her bicycle.

Of course, a seasoned criminal would know better than to fill out an order form with her real name; the suspect in this case, however, didn't. The police easily tracked her down and Nicole identified her as the thief. "She's still a little shook up, but she's fine," said Nicole's dad. He also said that she was back in school the next day.

The Girl Scouts' official policy is that girls between the ages of six and eleven must be accompanied by an adult when selling cookies. Chris Grant said he didn't realize Nicole had taken the cash and gone out on her own. "But you learn from your mistakes," he said. "And she understands that now."

Luckily, the thief in this case was just another pre-teen and no one was hurt. It is, however, a good reminder to make sure kids aren't out and about on their own, sad as that might be.

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.