Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Cookies Come but Once a Year; Now They're Here; Treats Are the Draw, Customers the Hope as Scouts Sell for Two Weeks

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Cookies Come but Once a Year; Now They're Here; Treats Are the Draw, Customers the Hope as Scouts Sell for Two Weeks

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Byline: BRIDGET MURPHY

About 90 minutes into a two-hour shift, talk turned to last year's legendary sale.

It happened outside Publix off San Pablo Road, 11-year-old DeJah Hawkins reported Friday, as a hush fell over her fellow Girl Scouts.

They were only 12 months and a few miles removed from that very place, when someone in Jacksonville walked up to a cookie booth and bought a case of Thin Mints. A case!

Business partners Sarah Mann, 11, and Jazmine Hawkins, DeJah's 9-year-old sister, were awed into silence for a few seconds. Then talk turned to finances. What was the quickest way to add up the price for all those cookies in your head?

As the girls worked their calculations, many customers who bought cookies from the trio in front of Publix on Hodges Boulevard were totaling their bottom line a different way: in calories.

"You can't just stop with one of those," Joe Huntley said. "It's the whole box."

Friday kicked off a two-week run of cookie booth sales across North Florida. Girl Scouts will set up in front of stores and hawk eight varieties of the sweet treats. The profits support their activities for the next year or longer.

That leaves little girls in braces and braids to deal with the pressure of selling to strangers. In the case of Friday night's 11-year-olds, that meant sell all you can or skip the sleepover inside SeaWorld that Troop 633 is planning.

Their marine fantasies were flowing as the cases of cookies emptied box by box. Would they bunk by the dolphin tank? Or might it be somewhere even cooler?

"You wake up one morning and there's a shark above you?" suggested Sarah, eyes widening. "... And you go WAAAHHH!"

Her partners giggled their approval.

Man-eaters, as it turns out, were a good kind of scary for the sales trio. But curmudgeons who stuck around and didn't buy cookies? That was just plain scary. …

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