Honey Boo Boo is not redneck-onizing the Girl Scout rules of cookie selling.
Just days after the organization halted the reality star and her family from hawking Tagalongs, Thin Mints, and Savannah Smiles online via her Facebook page, the 7-year-old was back at it over the weekend… except this time, she was doing it old-school style: standing for hours inside a local mall.
Honey Boo Boo (real name: Alana Thompson) and her family joined local Girl Scout troop No. 60373 at Georgia's Milledgeville Mall on Sunday to sell the $3.50 boxes of cookies. And the little beauty queen – who is not even a scout! – was working hard for the money, holding up signs to attract passersby and even posing for photos with fans (as long as they bought at least five boxes) all while chomping on a Ring Pop.
As omg! previously reported, the Girl Scouts of the USA got involved last week after Honey Boo Boo was selling cookies on her Facebook page, which has more than 700,000 followers. Online sales are a direct violation of the GSUSA’s rules because “a girl doesn’t have the personal experience of asking someone to purchase her product,” the organization told omg! in a statement. “She doesn’t have to learn the responsibility of handling the money and personally delivering the order. When you have canvassed your neighborhood and manned cookie booths for hours, you learn the value of a hard day’s work. There is also a strong feeling of accomplishment when you are personally engaged in the activity."
It looks like Honey Boo Boo and her Girl Scout friends are learning those skills now that they’ve taken their sales offline. The little star’s mother, June Shannon, told omg! that all she and her family had wanted was to help their local troop, and it looks like that’s what they’re now doing … this time, all within the GSUSA guidelines.
“It has always been my family’s goal to give back and help others,” Mama June said at the time. “I have helped our family friend sell Girl Scout Cookies for the past three years. While Alana is not an official Girl Scout, we have followed all rules sent to us by the local council.”
The GSUSA did not immediately respond to omg!’s request for comment on Honey Boo Boo’s latest cookie venture.
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