Cyber Cookie Crumbles For NC Girl Scout

A North Carolina Girl Scout's plan to use the Internet to generate more cookie sales is crumbling.

Eight-year-old Wild Freeborn posted a YouTube video in the hopes of selling enough boxes to send her troop to summer camp.

But scouting officials said it violated a ban on Internet sales and told her to take it down after she scored about 700 orders.

Freeborn told NBC's "Today" show Friday that she and her Web designer father, Bryan, had honorable intentions and took orders only from their hometown of Asheville. Her father says the ad was just promoting the cookies, so he thought it was OK.

Girl Scouts of the USA spokeswoman Michelle Tompkins say promoting the cookies is fine, but the Freeborns ran into trouble because they posted the order form online. Tompkins says the organization wants to ensure fairness and protect the girls' safety.


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  • by Listen, rules are rules. on Mar 13, 2009 at 06:23 PM
    Another person not following the rules is all this is. They are told, over and over not to sell on the net. Even though auction sites are full of the cookies, and people still are selling them, its best to follow the rules. People will you ever listen?
  • by Delta Location: Greenville on Mar 13, 2009 at 03:52 PM
    Fairness? What has that got to do with anything. I think it was creative to come up with alternative way of generating sales for the benifit of the organization. Nothing was done illegally. I think I would consider getting out of girl scout organization and get involved with an organization that recongonized creativity and drive.
  • by George W on Mar 13, 2009 at 03:47 PM
    I am more concerned about her name!
  • by Anonymous Location: goldsboro on Mar 13, 2009 at 02:27 PM
    That sucks!! Sounds to me like she was trying to help out her TROOP, not herself.
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