Girl Scouts Charge Military CRAZY Fee to Have Cookies Sent​

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Being that the men and women of the military risk their lives every day for our freedom, you'd think, you know, they deserve special treatment. The Girl Scouts apparently disagree. It's just been revealed that Girl Scout cookies shipping to military addresses are subject to a $20 surcharge. I'll hold while pick your jaw up off of the floor.


The cookies, which face it, are dang delicious, have a $20 premium tacked on to online orders to residents of Hawaii and Alaska, as well as "orders delivered to military addresses." And, it doesn't matter where the military address is -- Afghanistan or Kentucky -- the charge still applies. Service men and women are, understandably, pretty annoyed about the ridiculous charge. Retired Army 1st Sgt. Christopher Lenker, the man who brought the policy to the media, said, "It’s totally outrageous. I’m not sure how charging our military so much more is really necessary. I think their policy really stinks."

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Apparently, though, the exorbitant shipping charge isn't solely the fault of the Girl Scouts. Supposedly, it's set by the shipping company they use, and it actually used to be higher! According to Lenker, who spoke with the Girl Scouts’ national headquarters in New York, the nonprofit actually negotiated to get it lowered -- crazy! And it gets even better! A spokesman for the Army said that none of its bases have any strange rules that would require a shipping company to add extra costs. "It sounds like they are running a scam," the spokesman said. "It’s common knowledge that people ship Girl Scout cookies to soldiers all the time. This shipping company is taking advantage. It looks like they are looking for a way to make a few extra dollars."

So far, the Girls Scouts have declined to reveal who their shipping company is, but one thing is for sure: Once people find out who it is, they're going to have some words for them. Talk about terrible publicity -- and a really crappy policy.

Hopefully, now that this has been brought to the public's attention, the company will feel pressure to drop the fee. I mean, sheesh, if our servicemen and women can't get a box of Thin Mints for what the rest of us are paying, what does that say about our country?

What do you think of this?


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