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Girl Scouts feared cookie arrest

Published 25/02/2011 | 10:27

Young Girl Scouts thought they were going to be sent to jail when a Georgia police officer told them to stop selling cookies
Young Girl Scouts thought they were going to be sent to jail when a Georgia police officer told them to stop selling cookies

A Girl Scout leader says young members of her troop thought they were heading to jail when a Georgia police officer told them to quit selling cookies.

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The girls had set up a stand at a shopping centre in Villa Rica about 30 miles west of Atlanta on Wednesday when the officer asked them if they had a peddler's permit. They didn't.

Troop Leader Kathy Crook told WXIA-TV in Atlanta that she was stunned. She says the scouts were told to pack it up.

And she says the younger members thought they would be taken to jail.

The city's police chief and mayor spoke with the officer. They say he did nothing wrong and that it was a misunderstanding.

The troop now has a permit to sell. And to smooth things over, the city is offering to host a pizza party for the scouts.

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