Once a tranquil exercise, the ritual of selling Girl Scout cookies grew dangerous on Saturday as two men attempted to rob a 10-year-old scout and her mother in Tacoma, Washington.
According to police, as Haliyah DuBois and her mother presided over the sale outside a Fred Meyer store, two men approached the table stand and asked for change of $100. One of the men then revealed a firearm tucked in his waistband.
When DuBois’ mother noticed the interaction and approached the table, she told the would-be robbers the Scouts had no money.
Alarmed there was no cash and drawing attention from customers moving in and out of the store, the pair fled on foot. There were no injuries and the robbers left without stealing any of the Scouts’ property.
Following the attempted robbery, the Girl Scout troop wrote on Facebook:
The suspects were described as two white males, wearing gray sweatshirts and tan slacks. Tacoma Police have offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to their arrest.
Shaken but undaunted by the incident, Haliyah DuBois resolved to return to the same spot, but earlier in the day, to sell her goods for the troop. On Thursday, she did just that, setting up shop in front of Fred Meyer with a sign that read, “You Can’t Keep a Girl Scout Down”
DuBois also plans to sell cookies in front of a nearby Pro Bass Shop as an alternative location to keep plugging for the Tacoma scouts.
Editor’s note: This article has been updated.
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