Ardmore man tries to exchange vodka for Girl Scout cookies

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ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) -- Girl Scouts were trying to sell cookies on Saturday at a mall when they say a man walked up to them and asked for a strange exchange.

Ardmore Police arrested 45 year-old Jerry Swanson after he made the unusual request.

"They were trying to sell their girl scout cookies and apparently a male subject approached them, asked them if he could trade vodka for Girl Scout cookies," says Ardmore Police Captain Keith Ingle

Ingle says it happened inside this mall off Commerce and 12th Street around 3:30 p.m. .

None of the Girl Scouts were hurt, but police say Swanson was so drunk, he didn't even know what was going on.

"He didn't have anything to say about it, he didn't even know what they were talking about. He was unsteady on his feet and basically had to place him in the police car and barely able to walk," Ingle said.

Locals say they feel sick little girls had to encounter Swanson.

"I think that he's very insane in the brain. For him to come up to some kids and say some stuff like that, so thank god he was able to get moved out the way," says local Kashia Hutson

"These kids should feel safe here, they go trick or treating here, this is the way it should be. They should post up and sell cookies not worry about people and the fear of creepy men," Kylie Dixon said.

Ingle said when police arrested Swanson, he wasn't carrying any bottles of alcohol but had a strong odor of alcohol on him.

"You shouldn't say things like that to underage kids anyway, even if you are joking," Ingle said.

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