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Girl Scouts won't be arrested for selling door to door in Boulder, 'cause sheriff needs Thin Mints

Earlier this week, local Girl Scouts of Colorado troop leaders received an e-mail warning that anyone who doesn't get approval in Boulder to sell cookies door to door or from a booth "will be arrested."

If Boulderites see cops slapping cuffs on six-year-old Brownies, the Pearl Street Mall will look like Cairo in no time flat. But don't worry.

That's the message officials delivered to the Boulder Daily Camera, which looked into the prospect of hard time for peddling Tagalongs.

Yes, it's true that "individual troop leaders and cookie managers must submit their information for a police background check in order for their troops to be included" on the Girl Scouts of Colorado's permit to sell door to door in the City of Boulder, according to spokeswoman Sarah Huntley. But Police Chief Mark Beckner said, "I can guarantee you we're not going to arrest any Girl Scouts," nor will cops "be stopping Girl Scouts on the streets asking for their permits."

Beckner added that "we might buy their cookies" -- and Sheriff Joe Pelle went one step further. In the context of noting that Boulder County doesn't require permits to sell door to door, he said, "I need my Thin Mints."

So do inmates, Sheriff -- and now, they'll have a much harder time buying them from their cellmates.

More from our News archive: "Milking free speech: Royal Crest Dairy sues Fort Collins for door-to-door sales ban."

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