Asheville Girl Scout appears on national television as cookie debate continues

Bryan Freeborn and his daughter, Wild, appeared on the Today show this morning to talk about the controversy over an online strategy to sell Girl Scout cookies. Go here to read the Mountain Xpress’ background.

Here’s the video:

And other media outlets across the country are coverning and commenting on the story. Here’s a sampling:

WOMEN’S DAY: A Woman’s Day blog took up the story here.

The New York Press editorialized about the situation here. An excerpt: “The point is that little Wild is a visionary and the Girl Scouts should get on board or face the wrath of her claw when she and all the other smart-as-a-whip tweens secede and start their own craft-making and cookie-hawking posse.”

The newspaper editorialized on the matter here. An excerpt: “The Girl Scouts should have insisted Wild follow the rules, but when cookie season rolls around again, capitalize on her ‘wild’ imagination.”




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28 thoughts on “Asheville Girl Scout appears on national television as cookie debate continues

  1. mtndow

    You go, Girl! Excellent work. you make your West Asheville neighbors proud

  2. Jake

    Bravo! I haven’t bought any of the blasted things since I left the workplace, but by golly, I want to buy some from Wild Freeborn.

    Bryan, Wild, thank you for taking the GSA to school. Keep up the good work. I’ll be in touch about those cookies.

  3. WestAVLMama

    WILD, girl I need some cookies, hit me up by email! Seriously, I keep missing the troops out and about and no one has knocked on my door.

  4. Shirley

    The lady that was talking was not accurate. Adults do not always go door to door with the kids. Last year there was a little girl who came to my house. I was concerned and she said her mom had droped her off on the road below us. To me it is safer on the internet. I have 3 step kids and my would not be outlike that. She needs to take into consideration that there are sex offenders out there. At least with the internet she is not in direct contact with people.

  5. Freddy

    I think we need to call the police on Jake.
    “be in touch about those cookies”?
    Good God, she’s SEVEN dude..

  6. I thought the whole point of Girl Scout Cookies was for them to get out and sell cookies face to face. To encourage kids to talk to people and to become less introverted.

    Turns out that instead it’s some stage dad doing the homework for the kid.

    Bravo to the lemmings cheering this on.

  7. WestAVLMama

    Too much has been made of it either which way. Can I still get some cookies though?

  8. the Lark

    damn that Jason guy sounds kinda pissed. maybe he has anger-mgmt. issues. i know some great online therapists he could email.

  9. cwaster

    Actually, it’s a fundraiser. The funds help keep the organization going. More sales= more funds= more girls can enjoy the scouting experience. That’s a no-brainer, especially in this economy.

  10. John

    Jason .. you are exactly right. I had to raise a lot of money for different things as a kid, scouts and sports, and part of every drive was face to face interaction with your local community. I only buy from the girls who knock on my door. This cookie thing seems to have grown into an entirely separate animal.

  11. Matt Howard

    Anytime someone shakes up dusty old organizations such as the scouts I think it’s fun to watch.
    I imagine Bryan is wishing his daughter had this press back when he was running for office.

  12. Freddy

    Anytime someone shakes up dusty old organizations such as the scouts I think it’s fun to watch.
    I imagine Bryan is wishing his daughter had this press back when he was failing miserably for office.


  13. James L

    Maybe with the newfound media attention dad can finally find someone who shares his belief that no rules apply to him and that he is that special someone walking among us who is the exception to every rule. Maybe others can mention his name and paint their own traffic signals on their public streets too. Maybe others will now be able to throw off those pesky rules of organizations and societies so we can all whine our way to elected office or stop paying our taxes, or call ourselves chief operating officers of our own lawn service or lemonade stand. It’s a new day children, and Asheville is leading the way carrying a banner of self importance and entitlement. Too bad that banner is in crayon and the rest of the world is laughing at us.

  14. Jake

    Hey, James L, we realize it’s a gloomy Monday, and folks tend to get cranky, but really, you should try coffee or something before posting. Good grief!

  15. Freddy

    I think Jake has had a whole bunch of “something” – Rainbows and Unicorns!!

  16. Jake

    Mmmm hmmmmm! A whole bunch of Girl Scout cookies! Try ’em. Not only are you supporting a good cause, they’re delicious and guaranteed to improve your mood.

  17. Martin

    Gartman put something out apparently but I have not seen it. Certainly the played a role in the blowoff peak, but I certainly don’t pure scans have a problem taking advantage of weak hands and running their stops so to speak.

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