Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Jews and Thin Mints

At the end of this whole Girl Scout cookie nightmare, I will at least be able to say that because of it I have certainly experienced some interesting moments that I may not have otherwise experienced. So, I guess I can't say that I am sorry that I volunteered (although I can certainly say that I won't volunteer again!)

It all started with wondering how I was going to cram 145 CASES of cookies into my car.

Next there was the whole Children of Abraham lesson.

Then there was the shoplifting incident. Apparently a man decided he was hungry and so he stole a chicken. The grocery store security saw him. They chased him as he left the store only to have the guy pull a knife on them. They eventually got him but by that time there were about 10 police cars and 20 policemen standing in front of our cookie tables. At this point maybe we should have been afraid for our children's saftey but instead the girls took the opportunity to talk the police officers into buying cookies.

And finally the warehouse incident. I had to go exchange a few cases of cookies at the warehouse. There was another "Cookie Mom" there and somehow we ended up discussing how it seemed like the cookie that you sold the most depended on what neighborhood your cookie booth was in. I agreed since I had seen that at one grocery store we sold a bunch of Thin Mints and at another grocery store we barely sold any but sold a whole lot of Trefoils. She then continued the conversation...

"Yeah, the blacks really like those Trefoils"

(Um...I don't think she realized that there was an African American warehouse worker standing behind her when she said this.)

I nodded my head and said, "Oh really?"

"And the Jews - they love the Thin Mints."

(Yeah - I'm guessing she didn't realize I am Jewish. And actually, I don't like Thin Mints. But is this true, do Jews love Thin Mints? Inquiring minds want to know.)

She continued...

"And Hispanics - they love the coconut ones and lemon cookies"

At this point, maybe I should have asked her what the Chinese liked. But I wasn't sure I could handle another stereotype. So I smiled and wished her good luck with her cookie sales and got into my car with my cookies as quickly as possible. Simply unbelievable.

And now all I have left is the 15 boxes of cookies that are on my desk. Considering that we started with 1,740 boxes, I am proud of our little troop. I think Jack should buy the rest.


The Babka Nosher said...

Jewish and a Thin Mints devotee. I think she got it right!

Leah in Chicago said...

Also Jewish and also love thin mints.

(But also converted and loved thin mints before I was Jewish... Nature vs. Nurture vs. Soul level stuff.)

Jack said...

Too many waffles, how can I eat anything else. oy.

Z said...

I love the samoas. But I converted so I guess its all up in the air.

Marli said...

I've always loved the Thin Mints... but if I were to buy them, it's a tossup between Thin Mints and Samoas.

Kol Ra'ash Gadol said...

I'm Jewish and love thin mints, but...uh, I doubt it's genetic; my Spouse hates mint of any kind whatsoever - he's Jewish too.

OTOH, Leah in Chicago, maybe you were destined to convert because of your love of thin mints. Hey this beats reincarnation as an explanation for conversion!!

Gila said...

Jewish and love Thin Mints and Samoas.

I guess I am confused.

Or great-great-grandma was raped by a Cossack or a member of whichever group likes Somoas. Perhaps you should call up that woman and ask her?


Anonymous said...

For real? I had no idea that GS cookies fall along ethnic lines.

And for the record -- I can't stand Thin Mints. I am a Tagalong girl :)

zahava said...

Thank you! THANK YOU! :-)

Our boxes have arrived! And for the record, you hit the two FAVORITE flavors of our household! Thin Mints ('natch, judging by the thread) and Tagalongs!

We deeply appreciate your's and LO's thoughtful generosity![smacks lips and rubs belly!] Love from the whole Bogner clan!