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July 15, 1992

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) _ Before their cookie profits start to crumble, the Tarheel Triad Girl Scout Council wants some real dough after getting burned on $15,000 worth of bad checks.

Peggy Baxter, the council’s financial services director, brought $8,000 worth of bounced checks in the past week alone to the Guilford County magistrate’s office, seeking arrest warrants for those who never paid a penny for their peanut-butter patties.

″Most of these were given as much as two months (to pay),″ Ms. Baxter said. ″We will work with anyone, but there’s a limit to how long we can wait.″

Last year, the more than 700 troops in the council made $280,728 from cookie sales.

Of 87 arrest warrants issued early last week, 17 involved amounts of more than $100. Those served with warrants offer explanations more varied than the choice of cookies.

Rougemont resident Tammy Wood blamed the scout who sold her four boxes of cookies. She said she realized her account balance wouldn’t cover the $10 check and offered cash to the scout, but the girl said she couldn’t take it.

″I will never buy a box of Girl Scout cookies after this happened to me,″ Wood said.

Tina Johnson of Madison said she was embarrassed about her $182.50 bounced check, but didn’t know what to do after getting a letter from the council.

″I lost the address,″ she confessed.

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