Girl Scout cookies fired, A Washington, D.C., woman said she was fired from her food services job at American University for selling her daughter’s Girl Scout cookies while on the job.
Tracy Lewis said she had been selling the cookies for the past three years of the 28 years she worked on the campus, most recently at the Eagle’s Nest convenience store.
“I had the cookies on a cart, and I would never ask anyone to buy them, ” Lewis said. “But, If they wanted to buy some, I would sell them.”
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.