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Single mom fired for selling Girl Scout cookies at work

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A Washington, D.C., single mother was shocked when she learned that she was being fired for selling Girl Scout Cookies on the job.

Tracy Lewis works for Bon Appetit management that provides food services at American University and she was selling boxes of Thin Mints from her food cart for her 12-year-old daughter’s troop. Lewis told MyFoxDC.com that she was just trying to help out her daughter and she sold cookies at work for the past three years without ever being reprimanded. She was surprised to be fired from her job as a retail service manager for Bon Appetit without any warning.

“I had the cookies on a cart, and I would never ask anyone to buy them, ” Lewis told MyFoxDC.com.”But, if they wanted to buy some, I would sell them.”

Lewis shared her termination letter with MyFoxDC.com. In it, her boss claims that Lewis committed “gross misconduct by soliciting” and “operating a personal cash business selling Girl Scout cookies over the counter which violates company policy.”

Lewis argues that she wasn’t profiting from the cookie sales.

But what do you think? Was she fairly fired?

I can understand why her boss might think the Girl Scout cookies interfere with the sales of the other food items in the cart. A customer might opt to buy a box of Tagalongs instead of a chocolate chip cookie, but he should have given her a warning and asked her to stop selling the cookies before firing her.

No matter, this story brings up the issue of parents asking for donations and selling items at work to help fund-raise for their children’s activities and schools. Is it OK to ask your co-workers to buy raffle tickets for your son’s orchestra? Or chocolate bars for your daughter’s public school art program? When these types of situations come up are you happy to help or irritated?

I think it all entirely depends on the person and the situation, and parents need to know how to read their co-workers and determine whether they’re the right person to ask—and also make sure that they’re not violating a company policy.

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  1. nowaytoday says:

    Selling GS cookies is not a personal cash business, it is fund raising for a cause. Seems this company will loose custonmers….