Two Texas Girl Scouts recently exhibited the spirit of Jane’s feisty heroines when they fought a thief for stealing their hard-earned cookie cash. A car pulled up next to the girls’ cookie table at a Houston Wal-Mart in Texas last Saturday, and the passenger got out, grabbing a cash box with more than $200 in it. The perpetrator then hopped back in, thinking he would make a clean getaway. He didn’t count on the spirit of Texans. The motto of the state is “Friendship,” but perhaps it should be “Don’t Tread on Me.” The fifteen-year-olds did not let the thieves go without a fight.
One Scout punched the passenger, while the other jumped on the car. Unfortunately, she was dragged as the thieves left, and was later treated for minor bruises and scrapes. Of course, I am not advocating that anyone fight a criminal, especially for only $200, but as the Girl Scout policy says that the girls are responsible for the stolen money, I can understand why they reacted aggressively. Not to worry, however. Several media figures, such as Soledad O’Brien, have already vowed to pitch in by donating cash or buying more cookies.
Maybe we should all help them out by eating a box of cookies. I favor the peanut butter sandwiches and lemon thins.