My daughter and I went to the Mall tonight to sell some Girl Scout cookies. Her Brownie Troop leader and 3 girls sold the cookies outside of JC Penny. We were on the downstairs level of the JC Penny inside of the mall though.
The mall is pretty strict on "soliciting" though. JC Penny is the one giving us permission to sell the cookies not the mall. So you can not step foot about an inch past JC Penny or you could get in trouble. Last year we got in trouble for going out into the hall way trying to attract people to our booth. And I guess last weekend another troop got in trouble for doing that too.
It sort of stinks since we are not in view of the main traffic of the mall, only if people happen to see us way down at the JC Penny. But in the hour or so I was there, we sold probably 50 or more boxes of cookies. And they were going to be there for an hour more. And we will be selling them a couple more times on other days.
At one point a girl who must have been no more then 18 to 20 years old, came up and wanted to buy some cookies. She was all excited about it, because she said she used to be a Girl Scout and also that she hadn't had them in years. I thought she was going to buy maybe 2 or 3 boxes, because that seemed to be what others were doing. Next thing you know she said she would take 10 boxes of Thin mints and 10 boxes of Samoas! That's $70.00 worth of cookies! She took out a huge wad of cash to pay for them. Luckily we didn't have to use a barcode scanner to ring them up or anything. But just gave her a case of each box of cookies minus 2 boxes from each box. Neither I or the Brownie Leader could believe this girl bought so many cookies!
Fine by us though, the more boxes we sell the more money our troop gets towards field trips, supplies, etc. that we need!