It is that time of year again when little girls clad in Girl Scout sashes aim to raise money for their troops by selling cookies. According to the Girl Scout organization, the goal of the annual cookie sale is to teach young girls about the fundamentals of business: budgeting, sales and marketing. But unfortunately, some girls are also earning hard life lessons along the way in trust, security and how to file insurance claims.

Across the country, several incidences of cookie theft have been reported. In St. Louis, Missouri, $1,200 worth of Girl Scout cookies were stolen from a 6-year-old girl and her Army veteran father. The cookies were stolen from the family's SUV when it was parked in a downtown garage during a weekend trip to the city. In Bloomington, Indiana, $400 worth of Thin Mints and Samoas were stolen from the SUV of a kindergartner and her troop leader mom. The young girl's mom had been driving all over town delivering cookies over the last week, so she's not exactly sure when or where the theft took place — she just knows the cookies are missing.

And the reports keep rolling in.

A 10-year-old scout in San Jose, California, had a cash box ripped out of her hands as she and her troop sold cookies in front of the local grocery store. And in the city of Spartanburg, South Carolina, 5,000 boxes of girl scout cookies — worth about $19,000 — were stolen from the warehouse.

It's a shame that such cookie monsters have to mar what should be an empowering and money-making project for young girls. But the good news is that not all of these stories end in despair. In Indiana, an anonymous donor stepped up to pay the $400 tab for the stolen cookies. The Army veteran dad is hoping that insurance will cover the cost of the cookies that were in his car. And that 10-year-old in California who had the cookie money stolen right out of her hands? She earned her quick-thinking badge by jotting down the license plate number of the man who stole her money. The thief was apprehended and the cash box, with all the money still inside, was returned to the troop.

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