Earlier today, Rex Huppke, brilliant Chicago Tribune workplace advice columnist and author of the I Just Work Here column wrote a wonderful post that should be mandatory reading for anyone navigating the delicate office politics of Girl Scout Cookies.
I shared the column on my personal Facebook timeline and was surprised by the wonderfully supportive responses I received. That has prompted me to share my personal beliefs about the selling of Girl Scout Cookies with you.
As mentioned above, I love Girl Scout Cookies and I strongly encourage Girl Scouts to sell them. The key words there are "Girl Scouts." What that means is that the actual Girl Scout must approach me to purchase cookies from her. Requests must be made in-person or over the phone. Email, Facebook, Twitter, smoke signals, blog post comments, or any other form of communication not previously mentioned is not acceptable.
Now, I don't care if Mom or Dad is there coaching Suzie on how to ask me to purchase cookies from her. In fact, I encourage it. But Suzie must ask me herself.
Why? It's character building. Learning how to calm the anxiety that occurs while waiting for the customer to decide whether or not to purchase cookies is important. There will be many opportunities in life where Suzie will be glad she has this skill.
Here's my promise: If your Girl Scout follows my policy and asks me politely in-person or over the phone, I will say yes and purchase at least one box.
Small print: I do have a limited budget, so don't think I can say yes to every single Girl Scout in the world because I can't. Sorry.
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