- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 20, 2013

A D.C. mother said she was shocked when her employer, Bon Appetit at American University, fired her for selling her daughter’s Girl Scout cookies at work.

Tracy Lewis told My Fox DC that her employer at an on-campus deli called her into the office last month and informed her she was being terminated for selling Girl Scout cookies on the job.

“They didn’t give me any warning,” she said. “It’s crazy because I can’t profit for selling the cookies. It’s a volunteer position. I was just trying to help my daughter raise money for trips and stuff like that.”

Ms. Lewis, a single mother of two who has worked on the AU campus for 28 years, said she had sold her daughter’s cookies at Bon Appetit there for three years without any problem until now.

“I had the cookies on a cart, and I would never ask anyone to buy them, ” she told MyFoxDC.com.” But, if they wanted to buy some, I would sell them.”

Lewis‘ manager claims in a termination letter that the mother committed “gross misconduct by soliciting,” and “operating a personal cash business selling Girl Scout cookies over the counter which violates company policy.”

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