I guess Honey Boo Boo didn’t “redneck-o-nize” that she has to follow the rules when it comes to selling Girl Scout cookies (and yes, I do hate myself a little bit for using the term redneck-o-nize). Honey Boo Boo, whose real name is actually Alana Thompson, was admittedly acting in good faith when she took to her Facebook page to sell the delicious cookies on behalf of a friend, but the Girl Scouts had a bit of a problem with it.
Honey Boo Boo (with the help of her mother June Shannon) announced on her Facebook page that she would be selling cookies on behalf of a friend, and included information for ordering and payment. The Facebook fan page has over 700,000 friends, and so the request garnered a lot of attention – and sales. A photo was posted showing the family car packed to the limit with Girl Scout cookies to be shipped out, and this is when the Girl Scouts of the USA had to step in.
Girl Scouts of the USA media manager Michelle Tompkins said that although “It was coming from a good place,” that “selling cookies online is against written policy.” On top of that, Honey Boo Boo is not even a Girl Scout herself. “What we felt was inappropriate is that it appeared that ‘Honey Boo Boo’ herself was selling the cookies, and she’s not a Girl Scout,” Debbie Caballero, a marketing and communications officer for the Girls Scouts of Historic Georgia, told ABC News Radio.
The ad has since been removed from the Facebook page, but mom June Shannon says that they will continue to help sell the cookies anyways. “If I can raise more money for a troop, whoever they are, especially in an area where they don’t get a lot of money, and parents can’t afford to buy a ton of cookies, why wouldn’t I help?”
The Girl Scouts say that the Georgia troop will be able to keep the money raised by Honey Boo Boo before the ban was placed, but the ordeal may cause some changes in cookie selling rules going forward.