It was an almost universally held belief that Girl Scout cookies were a national treasure and the heroes who sold them should be treated with respect. This no longer seems to be the case in 2022.

Instead, it seems that young Girl Scouts face harassment and abusive comments from adults when they try to sell their wares in public places.

Oona Hanson told Insider it’s a trend she’s noticed over the past decade while volunteering with young saleswomen. However, she said the situation had worsened in recent years.

“People get even more aggressive with girls and volunteers,” Hanson said.

The publication notes that the mean comments are inspired by a variety of complaints. Some of the most common include that cookies are unhealthy or too expensive.

In an impassioned post on Twitter, Hanson directly referenced the former complaint and alluded to the negative effects dieting comments can have on impressionable young minds.

“PSA for those who buy Girl Scout cookies,” she wrote. “Please don’t comment on weight gain or joke about how you can’t have Thin Mints at home, talk about your low carb diet or yell on girls for ‘poisoning’ people.

The worried parent made it clear that these are all things the young girls encountered during cookie season, which Today Notes generally runs from January to April.

“Remember you can just say ‘no thanks’ if you don’t want to buy anything,” she added.

In terms of the cost of a box of cookies, Girl Scout cookies tend to cost more than alternatives on the market, according to Insider. However, the sales are put to good use. Vox reports that 100% of the funds benefit the group.

This leads to another complaint: potential buyers are also apparently harassing Girl Scouts with rumors that proceeds from cookie sales benefit Planned Parenthood.

The Girl Scouts Association clearly states on its website that it has no connection with the organization. FactCheck.org also largely rejects any claims of a partnership between the two groups.

Despite this, several volunteers relayed stories of unsavory encounters with anti-abortion clients. Users on Twitter have publicly spoken out against the once-beloved cookies and cited these rumors as the reason.

Although bullying seems to be a real concern, Girl Scout leaders are taking steps to keep children safe. For example, you will likely notice adult volunteers present whenever you see Girl Scouts set up to sell in public places.

Becky Burton, a manager at the organization, revealed that she tries to teach girls to ignore negative comments. “You don’t know what’s going on in that person’s life, and we’re teaching our girls to be graceful,” she told Insider.

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