Saturday, March 15, 2008

Some Nerve

Some people have really got some nerve!

Background Story (bear with me - this may be long):

Sarah joined the Girl Scouts in first grade. Over the course of a couple of years, the leadership of her troop changed twice. This story involves the third troop leader (we'll call her DL).

Emily joined the Girl Scouts in kindergarten and I was her troop leader through 2nd grade. For third grade, she joined the troop whose leader had been involved with my troop prior to starting her own troop. Toward the end of the year, the troop leader (we'll call her DD) started having marital problems and her life became a little chaotic. She ended up not finishing out the year and just sort of left the troop hanging.

The next year, while waiting to hear from DD about restarting the troop (she came to my baby shower and told me she would be restarting), Emily started attending Sarah's troop meetings. DD never did restart to troop, so Emily spent the entire year as a member of Sarah's troop and everything seemed just fine.

At the beginning of the following school year, I ran into the GS neighborhood leader at a GS rally and asked her if she knew what had happened to all of the money that was in DD's troop account. She asked me, "What money?" So, I told her about how the girls had earned over $800 and never had a chance to spend any of it before DD just flaked out on us. She told me that not only was there no money left in the troop account, but that DD had bounced a few checks, too. I was shocked because I just couldn't believe that DD could do something like that.

So, then I asked about the funds in DL's troop account, since it appeared that she was not going to be continuing her troop that year. She asked me if the girls in DL's troop had spent their cookie sale earnings on anything, and I told her that they hadn't spent their money on anything for the past three years because they were saving it for a trip to Savannah (the birthplace of the founder of Girl Scouts). She then told me that there had never been a deposit of cookie earnings and that there was only a little more than $100 in the troop account.

$100? There should have been between $3000 and $6000 dollars in the account since the troop earned between $1000 to $2000 each of the three years they had been "saving" their money. I also learned that the GS neighborhood and the GS council had been trying to get in contact with DL about the matter, but she wouldn't answer or return their calls. Obviously, she knew what she did and she didn't want to deal with it.

This year, my girls are still in Girl Scouts, but they are with troops that are very trustworthy and great at managing their money and accounting for every penny they earn or spend.

Here's what happened today:

DL, after basically stealing a few thousand dollars from Girl Scouts, had the nerve to show up at Sarah's cookie booth this afternoon and buy cookies. I was so livid; I just wanted to go off on her right then and there. But that wouldn't have been very professional and Girl Scout-like at our cookie booth with other customers around, so I had to hold my tongue.

I really hope Karma catches up with her one day. She certainly deserves it.


Heather said...

Wow, that's pretty sad to steal from the girl scouts. I can't imagine. What goes around comes around.

Holly said...

Wow, seems like there should be some sort of legal action taken against her.

Scarlett said...

screw karma... how about the police?

Melodie said...

I'd love to see some legal action taken against her, but it's not my place to do so. And for some reason, the GS council is either unable or unwilling to do so. My friend Arlene (her daughter was in the troop, too) has been very upset about this, too, and she has been trying to get someone to do something about it, to no avail.

Sally said...

How sad for the girls that worked so hard for the trip money.