Scouts tackle thin times with Thin Mints

RALEIGH -- Ever the optimists, Girl Scouts have hit the ground running -- and walking -- knocking on door after door in the annual rite of selling Thin Mints and Peanut Butter Patties. But this year some Scouts have bumped up against an intractable opponent: the economy.

The formidable sales force of Scouts, deploying their twin weapons of cute uniforms and cute faces, began selling cookies earlier this month; no official sales figures are available yet. While some are finding hunger for their toothsome morsels recession-proof, others report sluggish sales.

This is kindergartner Ellie Schneider's first year as a Scout, so she has no basis for comparison. But the homeowners who answered the door at two houses on her street said money was just too tight to buy cookies.

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