Girl Scout berated while selling cookies

SAN DIEGO – A man verbally attacked a Girl Scout who was selling cookies at a grocery store in Clairemont, the victim and mother said Wednesday.

Cindy Baldan, 13, has been a member of the Girl Scouts since she was in kindergarten, but what she said happened to her Tuesday afternoon at Kiel’s grocery store scared her.

Girl Scouts“I said, ‘Would you like to buy cookies?’ He said, ‘No, I don’t want to buy them,’” said Baldan, adding the man turned on her and began to yell.

“He said ‘She looks like a hooker!’” said Cindy’s mother, Melissa Baldan.

The man entered the store and returned later to continue yelling at the teen.

“We were both crying,” said Baldan’s mother.  “I was trying to console her and random strangers that saw it were trying to comfort my daughter.”

Baldan said it shattered her sense of confidence and sense of safety fearing someone else will yell at her.

“I was visibly shaken,” said Melissa Baldan.  “He wasn’t crazy, he was just mean.”

Fox 5 attempted to contact the man at his home, but there was no answer.