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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Economic downturn hits home for cookie lovers

I've watched the news and seen the headlines about companies closing and workers being furloughed. I've noted the proliferation of frugal living stories on shows from Oprah to the Today Show. I've quietly acknowledged the higher prices at the grocery store. But I can be silent no more...

I read this story on CNN.com tonight:

NEW YORK (CNN) -- Eating a box of Girl Scout Cookies in one sitting will be a little bit easier this year: The Girl Scouts of the USA confirmed Wednesday that it has reduced the number of cookies per box to save money because of rising transportation and baking costs.

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When with this madness end? If I'm going to pay $3.50 for a box of Thin Mint cookies (x5), then I expect to get maximum Thin Minty-ness. That means 32 cookies, not 28. How am I supposed to be satisfied with one sleeve of Thin Mints when the sleeve only contains 14 cookies?

I'm going to write my Congressmen and I suggest you do the same. We need government intervention. My right to a truly full box of those delicious thin wafers covered with a smooth chocolatey coating is being infringed. We need a bailout for the Girl Scout cookie bakers!

As citizens of the United States -- and those of us who are inhabitants of one of the fattest states in the union -- we cannot take this sitting down. This year it's the Thin Mints; next year who is to say it won't be the Tagalongs?

So please, find your cookie voice and use it to speak out against this travesty. It may not just be your Thin Mints you can rescue. One day your grandchildren may thank you for taking a stand.

5 comments:

Mike M. said...

Instead of taking a stand, I'll take a cookie. Also, isn't fewer thin mints better than none at all. AND ANOTHER THING... they can't reduce the number of tagalongs,they're already a hip!

Shannon @ Gabi's World said...

gasp the horror!!! Those are my favorites and the tagalongs are my second favorite!

Nate's Mom said...

I am giggling at the irony of this post following the biggest loser post. I LOVE thin mints too. So far, I have avouded then this year. Now watch those little darlings will be sitting outside the grocery store tomorrow. I'm a sucker for a good cause!

Sheri in CA

Amy said...

@Nate's Mom -- Yeah, I know. See, in my head I want to be the Biggest Loser, but seems I always follow my stomach instead!

recipeforchaos said...

OMG too funny and tragic...seriously tragic...I already had to deal with them changing the name of the Samoas to something else...Can't even remember...now...OH NO...I found a site you may like if they keep raising the prices and lowering the amount. http://www.girlscoutstotem.org/Cookies/CookieRecipes.htm