We have entered a dark time of false news, political lies and, what the hell, let’s say witches. People are protecting their agendas with any means necessary, which leaves no room for honesty. That’s why it’s like a warming ray of sunlight to learn that an 11-year-old broke the all-time record for Girl Scout cookie sales simply by telling the truth.
Cookie sales sucked for Orange, N.J.’s Charlotte McCourt, who had sold only a handful of boxes with the Girl Scout deadline looming. But then her father told her of a “rich” friend who might like to buy some cookies for the troops overseas (part of the Scouts’ yearly campaign). So, Charlotte wrote the man a letter.
But instead of inflating the cookies with false praise, Charlotte went the opposite direction. She told the awful truth. Excerpt:
“Toffee-tastic is a bleak, gluten-free, flavorless wasteland. I rate it a 1 out of 10. I’m telling you, it’s as flavorless as dirt,”
“Alone, it’s kind of boring,” she wrote of the classic shortbread cookie.
The peanut butter and oatmeal Do-Si-Do got a dismal 5, “for its unoriginality and its blandness.”
The Samoa? A caramel-chocolate-coconut winner, with a 9.
The Tagalong’s chocolate-peanut butter combo?
“Inspired,” McCourt wrote.
Her father, Sean McCourt, is the producer of the podcast The Way I Heard It. The show’s host, Mike Rowe, read Charlotte’s letter on the podcast.
Sales exploded, and Charlotte, who sold the majority of the cookies on her web site, ended up selling just more than 23,000 boxes. That’s the national record — eclipsing 22,000 boxes sold by an Oklahoma girl in 2015.
— Jessica Layton (@JLaytonTV) February 8, 2017
And she did it all without even hitting up Dunder-Mifflin.