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Police shut down Girl Scout troop for not having permit

VILLA RICA, GA (NBC) - Police have a town up in arms for shutting down a Girl Scout cookie stand for not having a peddler's permit.

Troop Leader Kathy Crook was stunned when it all played out on Wednesday and the officer asked Troop 7984 to shut down.

"We were just told that we would have to pack up our cookie booth, and we would need to go and get a peddler's permit," Crook said. "The customers that were there had to just be turned away."

Villa Rica Police Chief Michael Mansour and Mayor J. Allen Collins said they spoke with the officer who dealt with the Girl Scouts and believe he did nothing wrong.

"This is a veteran officer who has a good record," Collins said. "I think this was just a big misunderstanding."

City council members adopted the peddler's Permit ordinance more than a year ago after a member commented that he almost hit a young person who was selling something dangerously close to a busy street.

"We issue the permits so that parents and kids know the rules," Mansour said. "We don't want them standing in the street or in a dangerous location."

Troop 7984 now has their permit and planned to be out in the city selling again Saturday.

"I don't want kids to ever fear police officers," Mansour said. "I hate that happened, and I hope we handle things better next time."

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