Danielle Lei of San Francisco is one smart kid. According to Mashable, the 13-year-old and her mom chose a diabolically brilliant spot to vend Girl Scout cookies:
outside the green-painted walls of a medical marijuana clinic.
Unsurprisingly, sales were, um, high—the resourceful Scout dispensed 117
cookie boxes in two hours, 37 more than she managed to sell outside a
neighborhood Safeway grocery store the following day. The Green Cross
signed on completely:
"It's no secret that cannabis is a powerful appetite
stimulant, so we knew this would be a very beneficial endeavor for the
girls," Holli Bert, a staff member at The Green Cross, told Mashable in
an email. "It's all about location, and what better place to sell Girl
Scout cookies than outside a medical cannabis collective?"
Duuude. It is a rare magical moment when the invisible hand makes a
shaka sign and supply wafts up to mingle with the perfumed plumes of
demand. But another cool thing about this story, besides its 13-year-old
heroine monetizing the munchies for a cause, is that it may have its
origins in a scam that went viral: a Photoshopped image, later debunked by Gawker,
of three Girl Scouts selling cookies in front of a Colorado pot shop.
Witness an ephemeral Internet spoof converted into real-world
inspiration, the boisterous Web justifying its existence for another
Setting up your cookie shop outside a pot clinic certainly hews to
the spirit of the Girl Scout motto: “Be prepared.” I also admire what is
either epic stoner chillness or undiluted business acumen on the part
of NorCal’s troop leadership: “We’re not telling people where they can
and can’t go if it’s a legitimate business,” shrugged a spokesperson.
Her laissez-faire attitude stands in refreshing contrast to the
minicrises that sometimes bubble up when, say, a mom illicitly uses her Facebook page to advertise her daughter’s Thin Mints. And it indicates that at least some of the organization’s top brass refuses to be spooked by recent calls for a cookie boycott from abortion-rights opponents. (Background: A tweet linking to a slideshow
that contained some glowing words for Wendy Davis caused several
pro-life activists to mistakenly associate the Girl Scouts with Planned
Parenthood.) Right on, ladies.
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