'Honey Boo Boo' Alana Thompson sells Girl Scout cookies at mall
Honey Boo Boo is back in the Girl Scout cookie business -- and was also made an "official" member of a local troop.
June Shannon, aka Mama June, the mother of Alana Thompson, the 7-year-old star of the TLC reality show "Here Come Honey Boo Boo," and a family friend recently posted an ad to sell Girl Scout cookies on the child's Facebook page, which has been "liked" by more than 705,717 people.
The Girl Scouts criticized the move, noting that Thompson was not a member of the group and also Cited its long-standing policy of banning online sales, partially because it wants its young members to participate in its "cookie program" and sell them in person, in a bid to help them build leadership experience.
Thompson continued to sell cookies on her Facebook page, as seen in a message posted on Feb. 26. All boxes contain signed photos of her and her family -- her co-stars on "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo," which showcases their zany, fun-filled life in their rural home in Georgia and is a spin-off of the child beauty pageant series "Toddlers & Tiaras."
Over the weekend, she took it a step further -- on Sunday, she recently made a personal appearance at a troop's cookie stall in a mall in her native Georgia. The reality star was photographed by the paparazzi holding a hand-drawn sign that reads "Girl Scouts Cookies $3.50 each" while standing in front of several women sitting beside boxes of cookies.
A message about her visit was posted on her Facebook page, stating: "Well going to the milledgeville mall to help girl scouts sale cookies they will b there til 6. Come help come help them sell cookies today 3.50 (sic)."
A photo of Thompson sporting a neon yellow shirt bearing the logo of a local Girl Scouts troop was later posted on her Facebook page on Tuesday, March 5.
"Official GirlScout!" the caption reads. "She's so excited to be in the troop :) (sic)"
Famous Girl Scouts
Thompson now joins a list of other famous Girl Scouts, whose alums include the likes of ABC's Katie Couric and Barbara Walters -- who recently returned to her daytime show "The View" after being hospitalized for a concussion and chicken pox, U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, actresses Lucille Ball, Kathleen Turner, Carrie Fisher, Dakota Fanning and Reese Witherspoon, comedienne Joan Rivers, late advice columnists Ann Landers and sister Abigail VanBuren -- aka "Dear Abby" and singer and "American Idol" judge Mariah Carey.