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We’ve all been approached by them: The helpful mother or doting dad who deals Girl Scout cookies in the office. And we’ve all been the happy recipients of those colorful boxes of Thin Mints or Tagalongs or Do-si-dos. (Three boxes of Thin Mints, please!)

Well, hate to tell you, but it seems we’ve all been accomplices in breaking the Girl Scout rules.

I swear to God I didn’t know!

According to a CNN story today, the Girl Scouts would like their young charges to do the hawking. CNN’s John D. Sutter reports:

Girl Scouts of the USA wants its Scouts to make the sales because the interactions boost their confidence and help them learn basic skills like making correct change, said Michelle Tompkins, spokeswoman for the group.

But, Tompkins said, the No. 1 priority for the Scouts is safety. Going door-to-door isn’t safe for everyone, and while the organization recommends the girls market their cookies online, they shouldn’t make the sales that way for safety reasons, she said.

So, what says you? Does it bug you when the parents hawk cookies in the office? Personally, I’m grateful that my dealer comes straight to my desk.

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