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This is For The Birds

Who knew that a cookie booth could be just like an Alfred Hitchcock movie.

It all started one evening around 6:30 at a high-selling booth location.  The girls had plenty of room to roam and customers to greet.  Everything was great until the black cloud appeared on the horizon, and the bird apocalypse began.  Like the scene in World War Z where zombies scale the Jerusalem wall, the black feathered hoard came roiling toward us through the sky.  The grackle noise was annoying, but nothing compared to what lay in store.  When the flock moved from the trees in the parking lot to the roof’s edge, my partner mom and I realized we might be in for trouble.  We were.

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“Bombs” began to fall from the sky.  Exploding on cookie boxes, our storage bins, the sidewalk, and even passersby.  I hurried to the car for umbrellas and wipes while she covered the table with plastic.  Both girls hid under the awning of the store and wouldn’t come out even for a sale.

They laughed as we ran around screaming like Tippy Hedren in The Birds, but when a grackle landed a direct hit to my fellow mother’s jacket, things escalwet-ones-wipes-packated.  “Get it off!  Get it off,” she shrieked, dancing around.  Oh man, I like nature as much as anyone but bird poop is the worst.  Not even a 100+ box sale is worth this.  Finally, we demanded that our Scouts come help.  With umbrellas in hand, all spent the next 15 minutes wiping down cases, individual boxes, the table cloth and each other.  Satisfied it was clean and ready for business again, the girls went back to their posts and immediately scored a customer.  She was excited about Peanut Butter Patties and eagerly grabbed the box only to recoil with her hand covered in, you guessed it.  Amazing how people find the only one you missed.   A big apology and a few wipes later, she still bought a box, selected from a sealed case under the table.

Breathing a sigh of relief around 7:30 when the grackle offensive ended, my partner mom looked at me and said, “This is the shittiest booth I’ve ever had.”

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Cookies With Beer, Cookies With Wine, Cookies With…

Cookie booths are great! They offer all kinds of cultural experiences.  In honor of Girl Scout Cookie Season, here are my top ten “happenings” at a cookie booth from our last six years.

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10.  Selling 90 boxes of pity cookies at a Walgreens because it was 25 degrees that night.

9.  Running out of Carmel Delites and finding a car in the Wal-Mart parking lot with cookie magnets on it, waiting for them to exit and asking if we could trade them for a case.  They said sure!

8.  Having a customer buy an entire case at a booth.  My partner was so stunned she couldn’t give him the total cost or make change.

7.  Hearing how the man didn’t have the money because he had a bad habit he had to attend to first.  Then he waved the box of cigarettes in front of the girls and said, “Don’t ever start smoking!”

6.  Watching the looks on people’s faces when they use the old, “I don’t have any cash” routine only to be met with, “But we take credit cards!”  Many turn around and buy but plenty don’t know what to say and sort of slink off while stuttering.

5.  Having people who are blind come to your booth and hearing the girls give detailed cookie descriptions.

4.  Seeing the looks of surprise when they girls say, “Quieres comprar galletas?” And then the laughter that ensues when the moms try to say the flavors in Spanish.

3.  Having a customer buy two boxes with a $100 dollar bill and donate the rest.

2.  Hearing people try to say the “new” cookies names, Samosas, doo-si-doos, take-a-longs…

And the number one, wild cookie booth experience of all time:

1.  Being offered drugs in exchange for Girl Scout cookies.  Yes folks, they said, “We don’t have any cash on us…”  Then they held out their hand where I could see what they did have.  I thought, wow they must really think I’m some sort of super hip Girl Scout Mom.  NOT!  Of course, then I watched them go off into the parking lot and make deals, bet they had cash after that.

What are your stories from this year or cookie seasons past?  Share them with me in the comments section and let’s all have some more laughs and gasps!

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