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I Got Mugged. Again. 
 
Apr. 3, 2014 7:43 am 
Updated: Apr. 8, 2014 3:52 pm

It was a typical Saturday morning in our home. I woke up earlier than everyone else and snuck down to the basement to punish myself for an hour on the elliptical. Then I went back upstairs, showered, got dressed and came back downstairs to make breakfast for everyone like the moonlighting  wannabe short order cook that I am. We all marveled at the glorious goodness that is the first cup of coffee & we laughed as I broke the yolk on one of my fried eggs again. I am blaming it on having to switch to a new spatula but that is blog that has already been written and is irrelevant to this particular story. When breakfast was over, I asked my wife if there were any errands I could do for her and she gladly handed over the  grocery list. I gladly accepted since I know my wife hates going to the grocery store on the weekends (or any other day for that matter too) and because I actually like to try and beat the store at its own game when it comes to pricing & specials.


Now if I hadn’t still been in somewhat of an Aloha State of Mind due to our recent vacation I might have paid more attention to the date. I might have noticed the parking lot was full to bursting with cars, people & wayward carts. I might have noticed the crowds around the doors. But I didn’t and I plunged through the chaos with my basket in hand to further my quest to conquer the list & beat up on the store.


After I successfully negotiated the crowded aisles & the mounting obstacles around the checkout, I made way back toward the exit and the chaos that was still the parking lot. As I stepped through the doors into the broad daylight and slipped between two slow moving carts they struck. There were five of them and I recognized all five of them instantly because they were the same five that had mugged me in this very same parking lot a year earlier. I looked at them & they looked back at me before the one that was obviously the ringleader said with a quirky smile,


“Hey Mister, want to buy some Girl Scout Cookies ?”


Twenty bucks later they had trashed my diet and they were moving onto their next victim. As I watched Thin Mint, Tagalong, Trefoil, Samoa & Do Si Do (my names for them, not theirs) walk away, I heard their troop leader merrily gloat , “Thank you Sir & see you again next year”.


My waistline & wallet shuddered at the thought.

 
Comments
Apr. 3, 2014 7:50 am
Our Girl Scouts give you the option to donate the cookies to the troops. Saves the diet and helps the cute little muggers.
 
Apr. 3, 2014 7:50 am
Uh-Oh! Thin Mint attack! LOL
 
Apr. 3, 2014 7:52 am
I was mugged too. Walked away with Thin Mints and Tagalongs. Two days later, I was approached by my brother asking me to buy candy for his school fundraiser. So, I bought chocolate covered potato chips and peanut butter cups. My diet is RUINED!
 
ellie 
Apr. 3, 2014 7:55 am
It's about the Thin Mint cookies for me… It is a level 10 threat alert when I see the cute little muggers armed with those little boxes… I was once offered a case of them…for a price…entrepreneurial muggers they were….
 
Apr. 3, 2014 7:57 am
Poor baby...You'll have to do without your cheese pizza if you eat cookies that day! (PS At least your cookie choices aren't of the fuddy-duddy genre!)
 
Paula 
Apr. 3, 2014 8:03 am
You always entertain me, Doug. I lucked out this year and was informed of the option to donate to the troops. Hope they enjoy my 6 boxes that usually go to my hips.
 
Apr. 3, 2014 8:15 am
I wish they would give me that option Marie C. I would let them mug me twice a year.
 
Apr. 3, 2014 8:16 am
Do Si Do's are my weakness Cindy. Ate a half a sleeve last night.
 
Apr. 3, 2014 8:17 am
Hi Jacolyn - it's terrible isn't it ? The only little muggers I seem to successfully avoid are the kids selling on the streets of NYC. That game is a not right.
 
Apr. 3, 2014 8:18 am
Hi ellie - the first ice cream I ever made in my ice cream machine was Thin Mint & Creme. Look out Ben & Jerry !
 
Apr. 3, 2014 8:20 am
Aren't Cookies & Pizza part of that Food Pyramid that the government is pushing scootersandi ?
 
duboo 
Apr. 3, 2014 8:21 am
It helps if you don't make eye contact I've heard, but the Medusa-affect is maddening. http://www.latimes.com/food/dailydish/la-dd-girl-scout-sells-cookies-pot-clinic-20140221,0,174680.story#axzz2xpxUKGrh
 
Apr. 3, 2014 8:25 am
Glad to know someone still knows the REAL names of the cookies. :D
 
Apr. 3, 2014 8:25 am
Hi Paula & thanks - Now I am hoping for to find some of the troop related muggers. They need them a lot more than I do.
 
Apr. 3, 2014 8:27 am
They are like a siren's song to me duboo - and those kids selling outside or near Pot Shops are smart - the GS of A should lighten up and pocket the cash.
 
Apr. 3, 2014 8:28 am
They can write whatever they want on the box superfox12082, I will still call them the names I have always known them as.
 
PDAWN 
Apr. 3, 2014 8:37 am
FUNNY!!! thought you really got mugged, Hell I get mugged every year TEAM Thin Mints !!
 
Apr. 3, 2014 8:47 am
I have one of those little muggers in the family. A little wisp of a thing with curly red hair, pulling that red wagon full of diet busters. She was her gangs, errrr troop, top seller. We were mugged numerous times!
 
Apr. 3, 2014 8:51 am
hi PDAWN - I am serial mugging victim, what can I say ? Team Do Si Do's !
 
Apr. 3, 2014 8:53 am
Morning BN - the one person in our office that we could count on every year got fired so there were no sign up sheets here in the office. I actually thought I missed the chance to get mugged this year too.
 
Apr. 3, 2014 9:14 am
They say drug dealers are part of a growing epidemic in this country. I think Girl Scouts are worse. They're part of the growing epidemic of no willpower and growing waist lines.
 
KGora 
Apr. 3, 2014 9:17 am
A man that cooks AND offers to shop! Your wife is one lucky lady! You're a keeper!
 
Apr. 3, 2014 9:41 am
You are preaching to the choir Mrs. Altmiller. Those little hooligans need to be brought to justice ! (Or they need to bring me a few more boxes)
 
Apr. 3, 2014 9:45 am
Thanks KGora but in all fairness I don't do laundry or dishes and I leave my magazines & newspapers all over the house.
 
Apr. 3, 2014 10:04 am
SO funny Doug! True that it's impossible to say no! But has anyone else noticed that the actual cookies size has shrunk but our waistlines never do???...conspiracy ;)
 
Apr. 3, 2014 10:10 am
Hi & thanks p and q - I had noticed that it seemed like the cookies disappeared faster these days but I just figured I was forgetting I ate them because of my cookie related alzheimer's disease.
 
Saveur 
Apr. 3, 2014 10:52 am
In broad daylight, in front of a supermarket, on a Saturday...crafty little vixen they are! I know, I was one!
 
Apr. 3, 2014 11:05 am
Brazen I tell you. So tell me Saveur, still got any inside contacts who can get me some more cookies ?
 
Apr. 3, 2014 11:20 am
Lol! I get "mugged" at work every year, so, I try to avoid the grocery store girls. My husband is the thin mint lover and I try to freeze most of the boxes so they aren't right in the pantry for him to find, but, I notice they keep disappearing out of the freezer. I love the lemonades, but, limit myself to one box.
 
Apr. 3, 2014 11:21 am
That's the one thing I miss since I retired. There was always someone who was pushing GS cookies. I haven't seen them at the supermarkets here. And really, you look at those hopeful faces and how can you say no?
 
Saveur 
Apr. 3, 2014 11:53 am
Are you serious, Doug? Sorry I don't share my connections, get your own!
 
Apr. 3, 2014 12:03 pm
I am serial mugging victim happyschmoopies. Money just seems to fly out of my pocket when I see those girls. I just never understood why they didn't mug people outside their offices on 5th Avenue in NYC. Have a great day.
 
Apr. 3, 2014 12:06 pm
Hi BSM - I think there may be an ingredient in those cookies that makes us subconsciously get them at every turn. The GSA mother who was our connection at work was let go last year and no one has stepped up. I am keeping my eyes open for them....
 
Apr. 3, 2014 12:07 pm
A guy can always ask Saveur...I'll go find my own
 
Apr. 3, 2014 12:13 pm
Don't feel bad you are not the only one that gets mugged. I myself get mugged a couple of times a year. My youngest daughter who is 8 was in girl scouts and I think I bought like 10 boxes of cookies from her. LOL I have a weakness for thin mints. I especially like them frozen. YUMO!
 
Apr. 3, 2014 12:23 pm
I knew that if I shared my story gottaloveit that others would step forward and I would know that I was not alone. I think I should go toss my box of thin mints in the freezer now. Have a great day.
 
Apr. 3, 2014 12:25 pm
Who can say NO to those little muggers…I know I can't. "Which flavor do you like" she asked, and I said "I like ALL of them." They were gentle with me that Saturday, I got away with only three boxes.
 
Apr. 3, 2014 12:54 pm
I have to admit lutzflcat that I was tempted by the new flavors but I stuck to the classics and I only know how to buy in multiples of 5.
 
Lela 
Apr. 3, 2014 1:42 pm
Hi Doug, send the GIrl Scouts my way. We haven't seen any Girl Scouts this year. My husband loves the thin mints and so does my son. We have to buy a box for each of them because they do not share. I would eat them, but the cookies have soy and make me sick.
 
Apr. 3, 2014 2:03 pm
Approximately 2.3 million boxes of Girl Scout cookies are sold annually without the aid of tv ads or the internet. Now that's what I call good marketing or should I say good muggers.
 
Apr. 3, 2014 2:18 pm
I have not yet been mugged this year! We had a contact at work as well, but his little mugger grew up and doesn't push thin mints anymore. :( I love those things. I can eat an entire sleeve of them in one sitting! I'll be heading to the grocery this weekend at some point - wonder if the troops will be there.
 
Apr. 3, 2014 3:45 pm
Hi Lela - I think all the Girl Scouts in Colorado have parked themselves in front of the weed shops but I promise to send some your way if I see anymore of them.
 
Apr. 3, 2014 3:45 pm
I think it's a little bit of both bd....and I didn't know I bought that many boxes....
 
Apr. 3, 2014 3:46 pm
Good luck Mother Ann - I hope you get mugged too.
 
Apr. 3, 2014 4:22 pm
DM: Great story! I am also the victim of a mugging. I managed to escape with only one box of Tagalongs and a few dollars toward the troops. There are only 14 cookies in the box, so I ate two, and designated three to the remaining family members. Where are those Girl Scouts lurking? I think I may need another box.
 
Apr. 3, 2014 4:25 pm
Hi bikerfamily & thanks - I wish they had given me a troop option because I would have doubled my order. Maybe we can all get mugged this weekend ?
 
Apr. 3, 2014 8:08 pm
If you really want cookies you can put your zip code in and find where the little muggers will be. Here is the link. https://www.girlscouts.org/program/gs_cookies/find_cookies.asp
 
Bibi 
Apr. 4, 2014 4:11 am
You know, I'm sorry for your troubles, Doug, but your blog is a wake up call! Thanks for the warning. I will be sure to be on the look out. Mugging is serious business!
 
Apr. 4, 2014 5:19 am
Thanks Marie - I just plugged in my zip code and was told I have to wait for next year. That should happen to a person on a Monday, not on a Friday.
 
Apr. 4, 2014 5:20 am
Keep those eyes & ears open Bibi. You never know when or where a box of Thin Mints might appear.
 
Apr. 4, 2014 6:30 am
Well, Doug, maybe next year they will make them without hydrogenated oils and I will keep a box.
 
Apr. 4, 2014 6:49 am
I did some further digging Marie and discovered that this weekend is the final weekend for Booth Sales - time to start stalking the little muggers - thanks for the tip
 
Apr. 4, 2014 10:11 am
I was a Girl Scout not so many years ago (while doing my time in der Vaterland) and my role was the "Cookie Dad." I was the naive old feller that they were able to sucker into paying his dues. I did enjoy it, but it was rather expensive. A lot of cookies disappeared, and, as the one responsible, I felt compelled to make up for monetary shortages. I was stupid enough to fill this role for two years. I can assure you, the proceeds go to a very worthy cause. Buy more.
 
Apr. 4, 2014 10:20 am
good afternoon Cookie Doc - you are a very good man. The one year my daughter did it I know I paid for more boxes than we ate. So what was the flavor of choice over in th3e Hinterlands ?
 
Apr. 4, 2014 8:59 pm
Doug. It was an odd situation. Germans looked on somewhat quizzically to the proceedings. The kids at the international school, both foreign and domestic (German and everyone else) enjoyed the cookies sales at the school. We were not allowed to go door to door, nor to set up shop in front of the local markets. It didn't help that the cookies were already 3 months old when they finally arrived. I know this is sacrilege, but they aren't the best cookies to begin with. Their nostalgia and cute kid factor does triple duty though.
 
Apr. 4, 2014 9:01 pm
Oops! To answer your question, the Thin Mints were number one followed by Samoas or Caramel Delights (depends on the vendor that made them).
 
Apr. 5, 2014 8:32 am
Always entertaining. Doug! I also used to get mugged by those cookie pushers. But I am weird and actually don't really like them any longer, so I just smile sweetly and say no thanks as I walk by, LOL. I hope you enjoy and don't suffer too many consequences. Have a great weekend!
 
Apr. 5, 2014 9:31 am
We did a taste test one year with the GS Thin!mints and Keeblers version. Keeblers came out on top.
 
Apr. 7, 2014 10:41 am
Hey Doc - I am glad no one saw your sacreligous remark but then again, I don't think Thin Mints in the freezer are all that everything these days either.
 
Apr. 7, 2014 10:44 am
Hi wisweetp - I got MUGGED again this weekend (on purpose) but this time I donated them all to a local veteran's hospital. I felt good about it until I got home and discovered that my Do Si Do's had already been finished.
 
Apr. 7, 2014 10:45 am
Hi Marie - I will have to try the Keebler version on my next business trip
 
Apr. 7, 2014 12:57 pm
Do you know this secret? Girl Scout cookies are as delicious in August as they are in March or April. And isn't hoarding a good thing???
 
Apr. 7, 2014 2:03 pm
Hi ScandoGirl - I always try to stash one box of Do Si Dos for summertime but I usually "find" them around June. And hoarding cookies is a good thing and the only episode of HOARDERS that I would watch.
 
Apr. 8, 2014 10:23 am
Having been a Leader for over thirteen years, I smile, drop a donation, commiserate with the Leader and RUN...without cookies
 
Apr. 8, 2014 3:52 pm
Hi Pepperannie - it sounds to me like you are absolved from having to ever buy cookies again. I am sure there are more than a few of us who will help pick up the slack.
 
 
 
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My mother decided early on that her sons would never have to rely on someone to feed them so we all learned to cook at an early age. I really started to branch out when I moved out west to Denver, SF & Dallas. Combine that with extended business travel to Louisiana & my growing love of spices and you get a real mix of flavors.
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Love to make cajun food with my favorites being crawfish pie, alligator stew & alligator chili - I go nuts on Super Bowl Sunday
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We didn't have a lot of traditions per se but you could count on pancakes or waffles on sundays - dad making scrambled eggs twice a year on christmas morning & mother's day - veal parmagiana on christmas eve, Thanksgiving with Grandma Matthews and any menu of your choice on your birthday. We weren't a spicy family so I learned a lot of good strong basics in the kitchen from Mom that I have carried over into my cooking today.
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I love to experiment with variations of dishes I try around the country. My biggest success is here on allrecipes where I had 2 recipes published in the same cookbook - Southwestern Turkey Soup & Curried Carrot Soup. I think my corn muffins are a great starting point and my alligator chili has become a much requested Super Bowl favorite.
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There have been a few times in the past where I tossed everything and took everyone to a restaurant instead. I'm not too proud to say my cooking is awful when it really is.
 
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