Orange County

Good Samaritan Donates $100 After Cookie Thief Robs Girl Scout Using Counterfeit Money

After learning that a man gave a Girl Scout a fake $100 bill, a good Samaritan stepped in with her own donation

A good Samaritan took pity on a Girl Scout and gave her $100 after a man gave her a phony $100 bill in front of a Southern California grocery store this week, the girl's mother and the Girl Scouts of Orange County said Tuesday.

The man made off with $75 on Sunday after paying a Costa Mesa Girl Scout troop with a fake $100 bill at a Stater Bros. grocery store in Costa Mesa, police said.

After the man left with $25 worth of cookies, Launa Archer and her mother realized the bill was counterfeit. The troop was busy making sales, and Archer's mother didn't get a chance to inspect the $100 bill before the thief left, she said.

Police arrived at the grocery store, and a woman who had heard about the thief offered to pay back what the crook had stolen. She gave the troop $100.

"She said, 'I did not want your daughter to have a bad Girl Scout experience, so please take this money,'" said Archer's mother.

Parents and scouts should not take any bills over $20, said the Girl Scouts of Orange County. Troops receive training and information to protect them from counterfeit bills.

"Unfortunately, we occasionally hear that such a bill was received," said the Girl Scouts of Orange County in a statement. "Our hope is that this unfortunate incident translates into a learning opportunity."

The Costa Mesa Police Department has not identified the suspect, said Lt. Paul Beckman.

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