Girl Scouts Halt Honey Boo Boo Cookie Sales
March 01, 2013
It's no surprise that Honey Boo Boo was able to use her reality TV fame to help her sell loads of Girl Scout cookies via her huge social media following. But the Girl Scouts of America stepped in on Thursday to stop the sales because the organization took issue with the way the tasty treats were being marketed.
Seven-year-old Honey Boo Boo -- whose real name is Alana Thompson -- was helping a friend sell the cookies on her official Facebook fan page, which has more than 700,000 followers.
The Thompson family was selling the cookies for $3.50 plus shipping and all boxes included an autographed family photo. Honey Boo Boo's mother June Shannon posted a message on the Facebook page announcing their successful endeavor: "All cookies that have been paid for have been shipped! Thanks everyone for supporting Girl Scouts."
But since the star of TLC's Here Comes Honey Boo Boo is not a Girl Scout herself, she is technically ineligible to personally sell the organization's cookies, according to Debbie Caballero, marketing and communications officer for Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia.
June Shannon told Georgia TV station KSLA that the only issue the Girl Scouts Program had was with a photo posted on the Honey Boo Boo Facebook page that showed Alana along with an official Girl Scouts logo, which she said local Girl Scouts representatives asked the family to remove.
The Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia told KSLA in a statement that "after a conversation with the site administrator, the post on Alana Thompson's site was removed." The statement added: "While we encourage our Girl Scouts to use the most creative and resourceful ways possible to reach their Cookie Program goals, we are committed to applying our Girl Scout Cookie Program policies fairly across the board."