GS drama

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  1. becky

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    Our cookie selling time is over here. Two weeks ago, I get an email from a GS poobah saying our cookie money wasn't deposited. I forwarded this to our cookie mom and also called her. She said she simply forgot. This lady has been in GS since 1967, so I trusted her. Last week, I get another email that it is imperative that the money be turned in. My husband went to her house to get the money and deposit it himself, or at least get her to admit what's going on. He was afraid we'd be on the hook somehow.

    Turns out, she left it in her van and it got stolen- all over 1,400.00 of it. She also said her family's Christmas money was stolen. She eventually talked to GS about it, and even told them to leave me alone, cause I didn't know anything about it. She hid this for an entire month. I was totally unaware.

    This is one of many bumps I've hit with this troop, and I've decided to not return next year. From the crap I've dealt with in the beginning, to this, and to the unsupportive council, I've had enough. I'll get the girls where they need to be, and by then the year will be up.
     
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    Oh, how awful! I know you've struggled with GS a lot.

    A side note...is she really called a poobah? Because that struck me as really funny for some reason!
     
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    This story sounds fishy. Was she really robbed? I just ask because times are hard. Even the people who you think would never rob or need money, are willing to do it. I wasn't in GS, but I was in brownies. I remember the drama and having to sell cookies. It started out fun, but I was glad when my mom let me quit. I think some parents take their role in this kinds of organizations too seriously.
     
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    I think her story stinks. We have fund raisers at school quite often and kids will tell me their parents spent the money they collected, but the parents will tell the money was lost or stolen. I smell a rat with this woman's tale.

    Sometimes it's just time to walk away from crazy people.
     
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    Yikes....does she have a police report to back up the "theft"? If she doesn't, then I'd start to question the truthfulness of her story. If it is legit, do the Girl Scouts have a policy or procedure for dealing with this sort of thing?
     
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    No, lol, they are not called a poobah!
    I'm showing my age- remember Fred Flinstone? Remember the 'Grand Poobah' at the Loyal Order of Water Buffaloes?

    I'm also making a statement, because I am not enchanted with the leadership in our council.
     
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    No matter what happened to the money, she has to make these huge payments- two 500.00 ones, and one 400.00 one. Plus, she has to make payments to our troop. So, whether she's lying or not, she's got to pay this back.

    GS is like the Mafia where their money is concerned. If someone buys a 3.50 box of cookies but doesn't pay, it can go as far as GS getting the IRS on that person's behind. We learned all kinds of stories at cookie training, including a cookie mom that used cookie money for Christmas. She planned to use her husband's bonus to pay it back without anyone knowing, but he got laid off instead of getting a bonus!!
     
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    I'm sorry you have to deal with this, Becky. Probably best you get out now - it's obviously not enhancing your life anyway!

    This does remind me that we ordered BS popcorn and never got it - I don't think we paid for it yet, though, at least. lol
     
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    The title Poobah predates the Flintstones: it's the name of a very self-important character in Gilbert & Sullivan's comic opera The Mikado. Pooh-Bah is an official with a string of grand-sounding titles that don't amount to much, including Lord High Everything Else. G&S's goal was to satirize British current events. One suspects they'd have a field day with this.
     
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    I agree that I would question it. If it was stolen, her insurance should cover that, or at least there should be a police report.
     
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    Becky I think you should write a book about all this GS drama! It would open a lot of people's eyes I'm sure.

    At least you are not on the hook for it in any way. Sorry you are having to deal with all this, especially this time of year!
     
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    Call the police station of the town in which the cookie money person lives and see if a report was filed. This story sounds questionable to me.

    I was involved in a club once where the treasurer didn't deposit some money-since the club had military connections her husband's career could have been affected so there was some leverage making it easier to get the money from her. Needless to say, we stripped her of her treasurer duties.
     
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    I've heard so many stories of troop leaders stealing dues, cookie moms stealing cookie money. There's a troop here that did three fundraisers but the troop is broke, because the leader had been siphoning money into her own account.
     
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    TG, I thought we were buddies! Did you have to expose my lack of culture??:lol:

    Going by your explanation, poobah ( I like my spelling, lol.) does actually fit the GS heads.
     
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    What kind of dingaling leaves money (especially money she's being held accountable for) in a van?? That's just stupidity, if it's even the real story. If she was responsible she would have kept it SAFE until she deposited it.
     
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    I said this, too.
     
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    Aw, becky: yours is the correct spelling for the title, mine's the correct spelling for the character that inspired the title.

    As to the aptness of the title for the GS honchos (honchae?)... *insert here snicker*
     
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    I was a girlscout for over 15 yeras. I'd probably still be one if college hadn't taken over my life. I've even thought in the last few years of becoming a scout leader or assistant leader. It's sad to hear about this and the negativity people have had! At least in my area, it was a great institution! I was recently cleaning some stuff out from my parents and found some of my old stuff!

    Hopefully you can find a better troop and your kiddos can have a positive experience, I know I did.

    While there are bad leaders etc etc. I wouldn't go around putting a bad name to the whole idea of Girl Scouts. My area in Ohio is fantastic. Every summer at our local park we had our Summer Fun Days..and a former teacher of mine..who is retired...still participates as a local leader in our girl scout community.

    It's the same thing that irritates me..on the news when they go on and on about a teacher who slept with a student, or whatever the case may be..so it puts a bad name and higher pressure on all teachers.

    I guess I'm of a different opinion b/c I had such a great experience as a scout.
     
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    I was in all sorts of clubs as a kid, and hated them all. The extra competition and games did not make my life more fun. As a kid, I wanted to explore my own pursuits, not those laid out for me. My point, maybe your daughter does not need GS. Let her lead you to her activities.
     
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    Becky- I was a leader in a large Service Unit that experienced a lot of drama, too. It was not unusual for cookie money to get "stolen". I had problems with a parent not turning in money. Other troops did have the Cookie Mom "lose" money. I'm sad for your troop. :( They worked hard.

    I found the Girl Scouts to be kind of militant. In my case the benefits of GS far outweighed the rest of the bull. Both my girls have fantastic memories. As a leader, I do too.

    I laughed at your perfect description of the Cookie Manager as the Grand Poobah. I picture a woman wearing that hat with the horns on the sides worn by the Loyal Order of Water Buffalos!
     

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