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Media Reports of Firing Related to Girl Scout Cookie Sales

March 28, 2013

American University would like to address concerns and lingering misperceptions based on media reports about a woman fired for selling Girl Scout cookies on AU’s campus.

This was not an AU employee. The employee was a manager who worked for a convenience store that sells cookies, beverages, and snacks on the AU campus. The convenience store is operated by Bon Appetit, a food service company that manages café and catering services at more than 500 colleges, universities and corporations.

American University is not privy to and does not have authority over personnel decisions regarding employees of Bon Appetit.

However, we understand Bon Appetit’s policy is that employees who work in the store may not operate any cash business in the store that would be in direct conflict with the store.

The Girl Scouts asks that girls take the lead in cookie sales, as it is an entrepreneurial program that teaches “goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics – aspects essential to leadership, to success, and to life.” 

AU has supported the Girl Scouts over the years by hosting the Girl Scouts on AU’s campus for various learning and development programs. Many AU faculty, staff members, students and alumni have been Girl Scouts themselves, and many others have supported the Girl Scouts as troop leaders, by volunteering in other ways, and of course, by purchasing Girl Scout cookies. 


March 21, 2013

Thank you for contacting American University about your concern. Please understand the person mentioned in the news articles is not an American University employee but an employee of Bon Appetit Management Company, which provides café and catering services to corporations, colleges and universities at more than 500 locations in 32 states, and operates American University's convenience store and dining programs. American University does not have authority over personnel decisions regarding employees of Bon Appetit.