• Fri, Feb 14 - 4:00 pm ET

Disgusting Jerk Calls Girl Scout ‘Hooker” And I Hope He Never Gets Another Thin Mint, Ever

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Get ready to get ragey, ladies. A Girl Scout in California was harassed and called a “hooker” by a random belligerent dude at a grocery store.

Cindy Baldan is 13 years old. While selling Girl Scout cookies in a Keil’s parking lot, she approached a man who launched into a tirade, calling her a “hooker.” When her mother tried to defend her, he called Cindy’s mother a “ho” and told her to “fuck off.” Bystanders apparently rushed to their aid, calling police and comforting Cindy, who was obviously upset and crying. Cindy told FOX San Diego:

“It did make me feel dirty. But it also shattered my self-confidence.”

The man was not identified and was questioned without being arrested.

Ugh, ugh, ugh. This should never have to happen to a young girl who is out in the world, simply doing her Girl Scout duty. Come to think of it, I never actually considered how possibly dangerous it could be for girls to go around selling Girl Scout cookies. I assume that these days, most girls do it with their parents in tow (or just have their parents sell to all their coworkers) but…having little girls try to peddle wares to people is kind of creepy, right? Even though it’s done in total innocence and under adult supervision. When I was a kid, I did Jump Rope For Heart every year and I would go door-to-door in my neighborhood asking for donations. It seemed totally normal at the time, but now I am kind of like,”Why did my parents let me do that alone??!!” Oh, the 90s. Ok, that was a random tangent that doesn’t actually have anything to do with Cindy or her story. Back to the issue at hand.

Of course, most people are good-hearted and aren’t going to take out their random rage on a child. This does seem like an isolated incident with an obviously mentally-ill person, so let’s not go locking up all our Girl Scouts just yet. Let’s just condemn the disgusting jerk that scared this little girl and mad her feel terrible.

I don’t know what is in the water lately, but it seems like Girl Scouts have been getting more abuse than ever before. And I’m not just talking about the entire “lesbian” organization as a whole, but individual little girls. Remember this poor seven-year-old Girl Scout who HAD A GUN pulled on her? What the fuck gives, world? Leave the innocent children who just want to sell you cookies alone, please.

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  • Katja Yount

    The way I picture this scenario is more like those set ups complete with tables that troops work in shifts rather than individual girls just approaching strangers in a parking lot. At least that’s what the girls in my area do. Either way WTF.

  • LiteBrite

    This is a total WTF. I mean, how does it go from “Do you want to buy some Girl Scout cookies” to “You’re a HOOKER?” I’m not saying the girl had any part in provoking this, but seriously, DA FUQUE?

  • Crusty Socks

    I hope that douchetard does it again to another girl… whose military dad is standing near by.

    • Kay_Sue

      I immediately pictured someone doing this to my niece…whose dad is an MMA enthusiast. And I don’t mean a, “watches it at Hooters” enthusiast, I mean a, “at the gym 7 days a week, fights at least every other month, and typically has a fairly good chance of winning” enthusiast.

    • Crusty Socks

      That’ll be just as good.

      “Nope, not letting you tap-out”

    • Kay_Sue

      It would be kind of fun to watch, actually.

    • pixie

      My dad’s got really bad arthritis and I can still see him serving a great big can of whoop ass to someone if they tried to do that to me even now. And my dad would probably win (he does have his black belt in jiu-jitsu, but even before that he’s always been a tough bugger)

    • Kay_Sue

      I bet he would too! Righteous wrath would be on his side, right? I’m pretty sure I saw that in Rocky…?

    • Paul White

      ‘s amazing what a good uppercut with an elbow on the rebound can do

    • Shannon

      If I were that mom, I would probably be showing the girls how they could earn a Punching an Asshole in His Stupid Face badge. Not sure that’s a thing, though.

    • Kay_Sue

      If it isn’t, it should be.

    • Armchair Observer

      You can create your own badges (or Try-Its). So, totally!

    • Shelly Lloyd

      As a service unit manger, I would totally love to see that badge!

  • Tinyfaeri

    All these people can kiss my ass. They keep doing stuff that makes me feel the need to buy cookies that I do not need to eat just to support the girl scouts. And if you buy the cookies, you have to eat them. Maybe I can just start chucking cash at any girl scouts I see.

    • Kay_Sue

      As an aside, when we were doing popcorn for our Cub Scouts, we had a straight donation option. For us, we used the money to buy popcorn that was donated to troops overseas. I bet the Girl Scouts have a similar system, or would, at the very least, be more than happy to take your money and save you having to eat the cookies.

      Or you can just buy a shit-load of Thin Mints, and I will give you my address. All in the interest of helping out, of course. :-p

    • Shannon

      The Girl Scouts have had that option over the last few years, not sure about this year. We bought some boxes for the troops and one box of Tagalongs for ourselves last year, because we were trying very, very hard to be good.

    • Kay_Sue

      That is good to know. It’s not going to save me, because I have an unhealthy Thin Mints obsession, but at least now, I can pretend to be conflicted over it, right? ;)

    • Shelly Lloyd

      In my area, Citrus Council, we are not allowed to ask for donations. So if ask if someone would like to buy cookies, and they say “no” we say “thank you, have a nice day…” We are not even allowed to have a “donation” jar at a cookie booth. (Other areas of the country may allow this, rules are different for different Girl Scout councils). But we are allowed to accept a donation if it is freely offered.

    • Kay_Sue

      We weren’t allowed to ask for Cub Scouts either, but were allowed to accept when they were offered. Sounds about the same.

    • Paul White

      You have to eat them. Then I feel like less of a pig for eating a whle box tonight ><

    • aliceblue

      Actually that sort of what I do. I know that I’m some type of weird mutant but I don’t really like any of the cookies except the mint and, even those I’ll just eat 1/2 a sleeve and end up tossing the rest. (Please don’t hate me – I’m otherwise harmless). However, I do want to support the kids so, when I see a cookie table outside my grocery store I just give a few bucks as a donation; been doing it for years.

    • TheGiantPeach

      I’m pretty sure throwing Thin Mints in the trash is against the law.

  • Samantha Lobdell

    I’m wondering if this is the end result of all the “Girl Scouts support lesbianism!!!!” or “Girl Scouts are baby killers!!!!” hysteria that popped up recently. A big mouth on the radio told you they’re evil = Totally okay to harass little kids selling cookies in front of a store. My dad is a little like this and listens to that nonsense, it wouldn’t surprise me.

    • Sara610

      Oh, I’m sure it is. The problem with that kind of rhetoric is that there are always going to be the nutjobs who think it gives them license to do things like pull guns on children and call them “hookers”.

  • Kay_Sue

    People are really trying to get me to buy Girl Scout cookies this year. WTF?

    • Crusty Socks

      Why not? They’re fatteningly delicious!

    • Kay_Sue

      I bought too many last year. It’s not good to enable my Thin Mints addiction, it’s really not.

    • Sara610

      My husband bought some Thin Mints last year and I told him that he had to hide them somewhere and not tell me where. I seriously have no self-control when it comes to those delicious little symbols of lesbianism and Satan worship.

    • Kay_Sue

      I think it’s the lesbianism and Satan worship and abortions that make them taste so good.

    • FormerlyKnownAsWendy

      My husband took over the job of cookie manager this year so our house is about to get filled with like 500 crates of cookies while we wait for the troop girls to come get them. I do not know how I will survive this without gaining 300 pounds.

    • hardtimz

      OMG they sure are, happy it’s only once a year!

    • Josephine

      I asked for Girl Scout cookies for V Day this year since they just started selling them in our neighborhood this week. My husband bought $40 worth and we ate takeout for dinner instead of doing something fancy, and it was THE BEST. They’re all going into the freezer out in the garage because I’m scared to have them all in the house. Normally we might buy two boxes, but the bigots have fueled me to greater heights this time.

  • Byron

    Maybe “cookies” is like “cilantro” and the dude thought she was selling him something other than confectionary delights.

  • Guest

    Now, let’s be fair…..I’m sure the table said, “Buy some Girl Scout cookies (and sex) here!”

  • Shelly Lloyd

    There was also recently at Girl Scout who had her phone stolen at a cookie booth: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/girl-scout-cookie-sellers-cell-phone-stolen-in-florida/
    Sometimes when I hear all these sort of headlines it worries me about all the little scouts in my service unit. I do my best to pick out nice, well lit, safe looking areas for booths. But damn. It just seems like no-where is safe.

  • Paul White

    screw thin mints. Samoas/Caramel Delites are where its’ at. I’m currently regretting pigging out on a box of them along with some whiskey.

    • thefluter

      Thin Mints are my LEAST favorite. Give me a box of Peanut Butter Patties and I will eat the entire thing in one day.

  • karenl

    If you have an organization that supports questionable things, such as abortion, then you shouldn’t send children out to do the fund raising. People are just getting tired of adults who do that, and unfortunately, children pay for it. But make no mistake, it’s the parents fault for sending the children out to do the dirty work.

    • Jessica Tennant

      They don’t actually “support” abortion, at least not on any grand scale. The abortion firestorm comes from a Twitter list of influential women in the US that the GSA posted one of whom happened to champion abortion, among other things. I was a Girl Guide here in Canada for years. Cookie and other fundraising proceeds went mainly back into the organization for things like camping trips, or otherwise to local charities.

    • Jessica Tennant

      Moreover, even if the cookie sales were somehow funding abortion clinics or something, how does that excuse abusing young girls?

    • Sara610

      How exactly do the Girl Scouts support abortion? Please be specific.

    • Allyson_et_al

      No. I’m pretty sure it’s the fault of the asshole who saw fit to call a 13-year-old a hooker.

    • Allyson_et_al

      No. I’m pretty sure it’s the fault of the asshole who saw fit to call a 13-year-old a hooker.

    • Sara610

      Eh…..keep in mind that this is someone who, in other comments on other articles, has repeatedly referred to President Obama as a Muslim (something tells me that in her world, “Muslim” is some sort of horrible insult). Considering how often and completely that notion has been debunked, if that’s the standard for factual integrity from which she approaches her political arguments, I just realized that it’s not even worth trying to engage. The likelihood is high that she operates on her own very special plane of “reality”. In which it’s apparently okay to call children hookers for any reason whatsoever.

    • Shelly Lloyd

      We barely make enough money to keep up the maintenance on own camp sites and pay what little staff we have. Why do you think we’d be giving money away? All you want is just some excuse to take you anger out on some little kid.

    • brebay

      The girl scouts take no stance on abortion. Plus, it’s a settled matter of law.

  • Véronique Houde

    The one thing that I’m concerned about is why in the world did someone go to the media with this? A teenage girl is probably called a hooker once ever 23 seconds in the NYC subway system… Yet, because she’s a girl scout selling her dough, all of a sudden, it’s news worthy?

    I’m also concerned by the fact that she said that it “shattered” her self-confidence… If I were her parents, I would definitely try and work with her on that – if your self-confidence can be “shattered” by a stranger calling you a bad name, you probably don’t have much self-confidence in the first place, and it would be something to focus some energy on.

    I work with teens in regards to bullying every day. And I’m starting to think that our generation has so sheltered our kids that their self-esteem is more fragile than a rose petal…

    • brebay

      Yeah, that bothered me too. It also sounded more like something a parent would say.

    • Sara610

      I agree. I was bullied pretty brutally as a kid, and when it crossed a certain line my parents were really proactive in working with the school to make sure they did what they could to stop it. But they also worked really hard with me on teaching me that there are always going to be assholes out there, and you can’t let it bring you down every time someone says something douchey. It was hard, but you have to grow a thick skin and realize that someone else’s assholery doesn’t make you any less of a person.

      I’m not saying that bullying isn’t a problem–because of course it is–but it also seems like kids today have this idea that everyone has to like you, and if someone doesn’t like you or if they say something rude to you, it’s the end of the world. There’s no reason that this guy’s comment, as unacceptable as it was, should have “shattered” this girl’s self esteem. Isn’t that part of what the Girl Scouts try to develop–a strong sense of confidence and self-worth?