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Ore. Girl Scouts get scammed

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Woman orders 6,000 boxes of cookies in ore.

A $24,000 order for 6,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies turned out to be a hoax, two troops in Oregon say. "They placed a fake order on us and they didn't know that it hurt our feelings a lot," Girl Scout Erin Donnelly, 8, said of the unknown pranksters. The fake order appeared to come from a woman at a local company and two troops put aside boxes for the lucrative order only to learn they had been duped when they approached the company for payment. "I contacted the … company and they said, 'We have no idea what's going on,'" Scout mother Jennifer Reed said. The Girl Scouts held an emergency sale, though, at their Portland headquarters Saturday, selling about half of the cookies. Another sale is set for this weekend.

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'Ocean's Eleven' heist in Australia

Australia's largest casino has been scammed out of a reported $32 million in an Ocean's Eleven-style heist. A foreigner staying at the Crown Casino used the venue's own surveillance cameras in the sting. Information taken from the high-resolution cameras was apparently signaled to the high roller as he played cards, a similar method to that used by George Clooney's character in the crime caper. In the 2001 movie Brad Pitt and Clooney recruit someone familiar with security to rob a series of Las Vegas casinos. Crown said a member of staff in the VIP gambling area had been fired and the patron involved was banned after the scam was uncovered.

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Employees must bring own T.P.

A Missouri mayor said he was shocked when a speaker at a public meeting revealed that public works employees had been told to bring toilet paper from home. Windsor Mayor Justin Brown said he was shocked when Nancy Dunbar spoke at last week's meeting and suggested a fundraiser to stop the policy of requiring the city's 10 public works employees, who are all male, to bring their own toilet paper to work. "I was just really incredulous that this was a topic to be brought up at a City Hall meeting, much less have any truth to it," Brown said. "The No. 1 emotion is embarrassment. We have a lot of good things going on in our little town, and this is the topic." Dunbar said the policy came from an edict handed down by city administrator Sandra Underwood.

Want a 'Kwickie'?

Stores complain about lottery name

Convenience-store owners in Maine are concerned that the state lottery wants to rebrand its scratch-off lottery tickets as "Kwikies." "That's going to be real uncomfortable for my girls behind the register to have guys come in and say, 'Hey, give me a Kwikie,'" David Welch, owner of Village Market in Fairfield, Me., said. "It's highly inappropriate," Kaylee Constable, one of Welch's employees, added. But state lottery officials say the origin of the new name has nothing to do with sex.

Compiled from wire services and other sources.

Ore. Girl Scouts get scammed 03/18/13 [Last modified: Monday, March 18, 2013 8:33pm]

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