ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – Some local Girl Scouts trying to sell cookies learned a hard lesson when city officials in Hazelwood shut down their cookie stand.
Carolyn Mills says her daughters missed out on $1,200 in cookie sales because the stand was shut down. Mills says she wants the city to change its policy that states people can’t sell commodities out of their home.
Mills’ daughters, Abigail and Caitlin became the top cookie sellers in their troop thanks to their cookie stand in front of their house. Hazelwood spokesman Tim Davidson says in the past few years the city allowed the sales despite an ordinance prohibiting commodity sales from a residence. But this year one neighbor anonymously complained.
“The high volume of people that came by to pick up the cookies caused some dogs to bark. And that sound became an inconvenience for one of the neighbors so we had to take action,” Davidson said.
The city told the girls they could sell in front of a church just 2 blocks up the road that sits on the same exact street. But the girls can't use the church's property.
Davidson says the city is firm in its stance, but that the issue could be revisited in the future.