Getting Shortchanged on Girl Scout Cookies
The Boy Scouts have the Scout Law, the first point of which is that a Scout is Trustworthy. I don't know if the Girl Scouts have similar ideals. But if they do, then it's not showing in the most visible aspect of Girl Scouting - Girl Scout Cookies.
The Thin Mints box has the words "Courage Confidence Character" and says that the "Girl Scout Cookie Program promotes financial skills such as goal setting, decision-making, customer-service and money management." Unfortunately, although the girls don't know it, they are also promoting the all-American ideal of deceptive packaging.
I am looking at a box of Thin Mints. The box is 7-5/16" high. Each sleeve of cookies inside is 5-7/16" high. Doing the math, that means that the box is 26% air. Thin Mints are dense, closely packed cookies. They don't settle after they are packaged, so this deceptive packaging is known and is intentionally done by the Girl Scouts and Keebler, who manufactures the cookies and markets them through its subsidiary, Little Brownie Bakers.
I am happy to spend more for less cookies, if that's what the Girl Scouts need to remain solvent, but I'm not willing to support their packaging, which promises a certain amount a cookies, but delivers 26% less.