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Wal-Mart Accused of Knock-Off Girl Scout Cookies
You'd think that Wal-Mart would want to boost their image after so much controversy over non-union jobs, sweatshops, and discrimination against female employees, but here we go, more drama. The chain is rolling out Girl Scout-esque cookies, specificially mimicking the two most popular flavors, Thin Mints and Tagalongs. They are part of Wal-Mart's "Great Value" line, which aims to provide cheaper alternatives to familiar name brands.
As AdAge reports, a veteran "Cookie Mom" noticed beta versions of the crumbly doppelgangers at a recent BlogHer conference in Chicago. While other manufacturers have probably made similar cookies (Keebler's Grasshoppers?) this just seems so targeted and wrong.
Girl scout cookies have never really been about the value—it's about letting a little munchkin in pigtails twist your arm into another box. Take away the little girl part, and what do you have left? Just a cookie. A cookie that won't help fund any canoeing trips or lanyard-making.