A prominent non-profit across the border is learning a hard lesson in the benefits of corporate social responsibility.
A segment on CBS recently revealed that in Riverside, Calif., 13,000 boxes of unsold Tagalongs, Trefoils and Lemon Drop Girl Scout cookies were tossed in the trash rather than being donated.
Workers were caught on camera at the city landfill trashing the beloved cookies, which was put online and now has officials around the city outraged.
The cookies, which are sold by Girl Scouts of America annually to raise money for the non-profit organization, are much beloved and imagining 13,000 boxes of any type of cookie being casually thrown away is a little outrageous.
Officials at local churches and the Westside Food Bank were very disappointed that an organization that promotes values of charity and respect in young girls made the decision to simply dispose of the boxes instead of giving them away the the needy.
And at around $4 per box, that’s approximately $52,000 worth of charity sitting in the local landfill.
A representative of Girl Scouts of America did say while the incident certainly doesn’t reflect the “Girl Scout Way,” it wouldn’t be repeated again in the future.
He also said he wasn’t aware of how the cookies would be discarded.