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Girl Scouts Increase Cookie Security

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By Paul Johnson

Tucson, Arizona (CNN) - Girl scouts in Arizona are changing the way they peddle their iconic cookies.
After thieves swiped two cash boxes from cookie stands in Tucson last year, the girl scouts are beefing up their security and keeping their cash under tighter wraps.
Money from sales is now stashed in tightly-tied aprons.
But better still, the girls are using smart phones to accept credit card payments to avoid keeping cash all together.
The scouts' local director called last year's thefts an unfortunate reality they had to adjust for.
"We really looked at what we're doing safety wise and how we're training the girls and the volunteers to protect the girls."
Last year's robberies came on consecutive days;
The thieves got away with 500-dollars in cash.
But the girls didn't seem to hold a grudge:
Scout leaders say when the girls realized what had happened, they said they felt sorry for the thieves because they must have really needed the money.

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