Girl Scouts warn of cookie scalper in ABQ


ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE)- Representatives with the Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails tell KRQE News 13 someone is buying up Girl Scout cookies and scalping them from the trunk of his car.

It’s tradition every year- Girl Scout Cookies.

“Every year, it’s something a little different,” said Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails Director of Sales Sonia Deguzman.

But this year, Deguzman says they face, what she calls, an interesting case, a Girl Scout Cookie scalper.

“There is a gentleman that is buying cookies from our Girl Scout troops and then, turning around and selling them for a quarter more out of the trunk of his car,” explains Deguzman.

The cookies sell for $3.75 a box, but Deguzman says she’s received five reports from troop leaders a man is selling them for $4.00, all over Albuquerque, out of the trunk of his gold Cadillac. It’s something she can only describe as, “very weird.”

She says money made from Girl Scout Cookies are used to pay for programming, camp, books and uniforms. Deguzman says this unknown man is buying 50 to 100 boxes at a time, bringing in bucks for the girls. Yet, she says money is not the sole purpose of selling these popular treats.

“The whole purpose of buying from a girl is so that they can help with their financial literacy and the entrepreneurship… We really want to promote the five skills the girls are learning as they’re selling cookies.”

They’re skills like decision-making, goal setting and money management.

It’s why Deguzman is asking people to avoid buying Girl Scout cookies from anyone who’s not associated with the organization.

“We just encourage all of the public to purchase directly from the girls,” says Deguzman.

Deguzman says there’s no legal action they can take about the man selling the cookies at this time.

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