Cookie Controversy In Whitman Over Use Of Town Seal


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WHITMAN, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — There is a cookie controversy baking in Whitman, the town known as the birthplace of the chocolate chip cookie.

Whitman Finance Committee member Leslie DiOrio baked a dozen cookies for a joint meeting between the committee and Whitman's Board of Selectmen on Jan. 10. The cookies had the Whitman town seal engraved on them.

Soon after, DiOrio received a cease-and-desist email from the town clerk telling her that the use of the town seal without permission was illegal.

DiOrio's husband Chris, a lawyer, posted a picture of the cookie on his Facebook page with the hashtag #TheIllegalCookie, but has since taken it down.

"We’re getting a cease and desist letter that probably cost the town $1,500 dollars to get out the door over a $50 fine for a cookie," Chris told WBZ NewsRadio. "I’ll be very interested to see how many billable hours were wasted by this town over a cookie."

WBZ has reached out to the town's attorney for comment.

WBZ's Kim Tunnicliffe (@KimWBZ) reports.

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