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Girl Scouts use mobile payment system

June 26, 2012

One of the best-known organizations for young women recently announced progress with a newly introduced payment method for its legendary cookies.

One of the best-known organizations for young women recently announced progress with a newly introduced payment method for its legendary cookies.

In a release, Sage North America stated that more than 30 branches of Girl Scouts had implemented its mobile payment system, which allows people to purchase cookies using credit cards. It’s estimated that some 40,000 scouts have added the transaction method, which can accept both credit and debit card payments.

The head of the nonprofit organization said that since the introduction of the mobile payment method, many had learned valuable lessons about how to use the emerging merchant services option.

“Many people don’t carry cash or checks anymore,” added Cathy Ferguson, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of Central California South. “Girls today are tech-savvy. They need to see we’re moving along their same wavelength.”

While the organization touts the security of its system, one woman was recently charged with improperly using funds from cookie sales. The Des Moines Register reports that former scout leader Jeri Bruce was charged with third degree theft and unauthorized use of credit cards after a local girl scout troop noticed improper charges.

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