Getting dunned -- for Girl Scout cookies

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Never did Tad Osborn think that $42 worth of Girl Scout cookies would cost him attorney fees and numerous court filings.

But that's what has happened to the Fort Collins customer, who is blaming a mix-up at his bank after a collection agency told him he owed money for Girl Scout cookies, according to CBS Denver.

Six months after buying the cookies a collection agency told him he owed $82 for the cookies.

"I didn't think they were going to turn into an $800 bill," Osborn said.

He said that the Girl Scout's bank thought his account was closed.

He got documentation proving otherwise but all while the collection process continued.

"What did I do to deserve this?" Osborn asked. "I just wrote the check. I was helping the Girl Scouts and now I'm having to go court over and over again and answering legal questions that I have no business answering."

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Girl Scout cookies worth $42 have turned into a bill of more than $700
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In a statement the Girl Scouts of Colorado said, "When a check is reported as bad debt by a troop's bank, the troop attempts to contact the customer and the council then attempts to resolve the debt. Like any other business, after multiple attempts to resolve, we use a professional collection agency."

"No Girl Scout ever came to my house or left a note on my door," Osborn said.

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Tad Osborn
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He said that he was still trying to fight the collection agency.

"This is predatory," he said. "The attorney is looking to collect default payments on anyone that owes money and hopes you're not going to show up for court and fight it."

Osborn has even attempted to send another payment to the Girls Scouts but was told once it goes to collections, it is out of their hands.

"I'd recommend anyone looking to buy Girl Scout cookies to pay cash!" Osborn said.

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