Soldiers Forced to Pay 20 Online Fee for Girl Scout Cookies

Selling Girl Scout cookies has become such a huge part of our culture. It helps little girls learn discipline and how to become part of an organized group. While everyone has a hard time turning down the cute Girl Scout, most people choose to support the cause.

American Soldiers and sailors are usually the ones receiving support from back home, but when they decided to give back even more they discovered that they had to pay an unusual amount for the cookies.

The U.S. troops have to pay $20 in premium shipping because the shipper who mails out the cookies, charges a premium shipping fee for sending products to Hawaii, Alaska, and “orders delivered to military addresses.”

Retired Army 1st Sgt. Christopher Lenker told Fox News that “It’s totally outrageous, and I’m not sure how charging our military so much more is really necessary. I think their policy stinks.” Especially when the retired veteran heard that an extra charge is placed for those based in Afghanistan and North Carolina.

While military personal are upset with the service charge, a spokeswoman for Girls Scouts HQ told Fox News that, “Digital Cookie has been set up so that shipping and handling fees, which are often absorbed by corporations, do not burden Girl Scouts or their local councils and are paid directly to the vendor. Neither Girl Scouts of the USA nor our 112 Girl Scout councils make any money from shipping and handling charges through Digital Cookie or booth sales. GSUSA has worked closely with the councils to ensure all cookie revenue, every penny after paying the bakers, stays with the local Girl Scouts and their council, and is reinvested into programming and activities that benefit girls.”

There are apparently ways around the fee if someone buys the cookies from a Girl Scout they personally know, but many are still upset for having to pay almost 40 dollars for cookies.

Photo By: Interbake Foods/Girl Scouts of the USA

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