Girls Scouts ripped off by man using counterfeit cash for cookies, police say

At the Academy Awards Sunday night, Chris Rock and a local Girl Scout troop raised more than $65,000 in sales from cookies.

But in Orange County, police say, Girl Scouts were being ripped off.

A man bought cookies from a Girl Scout troop Sunday night in front of a Costa Mesa grocery store by paying with a counterfeit bill, police said.

The Girl Scouts were selling cookies outside the Stater Bros. grocery store at 2180 Newport Blvd. about 7 p.m. when a man approached them to buy five boxes, said Costa Mesa police Sgt. Matt Selinske.

The man paid for $25 worth of cookies with a fake $100 bill, Selinske said.

The troop did not immediately realize the cash was counterfeit and gave the man $75 in change. A parent called police an hour later after realizing the bill was counterfeit.

hannah.fry@latimes.com

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