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No more excuses -- Girl Scouts now accept credit cards

February 03, 2012|By Deborah Netburn
  • A Girl Scout demonstrates how she can now accept credit card payment for Girl Scout cookies.
A Girl Scout demonstrates how she can now accept credit card payment for… (Courtesy of Sage Payment…)

When Girl Scout cookie season starts up in your neighborhood, those earnest young saleswomen bearing boxes of sweets may be armed with a new secret weapon: a mobile credit-card reader attached to their smartphones.

That's right people. The Girl Scouts have firmly entered the digital age, and our waistlines may never recover.

Think of the implications: Before, if you saw a tempting table laden with Samoas and Thin Mints outside the grocery store, being low on cash could prevent you from buying a box or two, or five, or 10.

Not anymore.

"Now every time someone says, 'Oh, I don't have cash' or 'I don't have a check,' we've got you!" said Kenya Yarbrough, director of Marketing for Girl Scouts Greater L.A.

Thirty-two troops in 23 states have embraced mobile credit-card collecting technology from Sage Payment Solutions. The Girl Scouts worked with the company for a year to tailor the technology to their needs. Now, the girls can snap a card reader into the audio jack of their smartphones (or a parent's smartphone, or a troop leader's smartphone), get buyers to sign the touch pad with their finger, and even send an instant receipt via email.

In other future-of-Girl-Scouting news, the Girl Scouts introduced a new and improved cookie-finder app in December that allows the user to find the closest place to buy Girl Scout cookies within a 30-mile radius.

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