By Ellen Sturm Niz

When a schoolgirl comes to your door with her dad asking if you want to buy some Girl Scout cookies, how can you say no? First of all, it's super cute. Secondly, Thin Mints are delicious. Well, that's what a Pennsylvania dad was counting on when he used his daughter as a ploy to collect money for Girl Scout cookies he was never actually selling.

Thirty-three-year-old Cody Patrick Wylie of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, took his nine-year-old daughter door-to-door to take cookie orders from as many as 100 people, police said, and collected $124 in preorders. Eight people filed a criminal complaint when they realized it was a scam, and Wylie was arraigned earlier this week on charges of theft and receiving stolen property.

This story brought back memories of my own family's unfortunate—and unusual—experience with selling Girl Scout cookies last year. My daughter's troop leader collected all of the cookie order forms and money, but when it was time for cookies to be distributed, she never seemed to be available. Then, our troop got a message saying she had just discovered that all of the boxes were expired! So, of course, she had to return them and get a new shipment, and she would let us know when it was resolved.

This seemed bizarre, but we went with it because, well, what else can you do? But we all started to get suspicious, and it came out that she had never turned in the troop's order (or the money she collected) to the Girl Scouts, and she never had our cookies at all. I actually got a call from a local representative of the Girl Scout Council who said the organization would never send out expired cookies and that the troop leader was being dealt with.

Eventually, the troop leader managed to get the cookie orders to us—I think because the council sorted it out. But my daughter hadn't loved Girl Scouts anyway, and so we decided not to do it again this year. I loved being a Girl Scout when I was a kid and think it's a great organization, but my experience with it as a mom was less than awesome.

Our experience is a very rare one, I'm sure—and I still love me some Thin Mints!

Related: Girl Scouts Now Selling Cookies on YouTube

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Ellen Sturm Niz is a New York City-based editor and writer who is going to go out some Thin Mints right now. Follow her on Twitter and Pinterest.

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