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WEST DES MOINES, Iowa  —  Three Old Navy employees have been fired following an alleged racial profiling incident at an Iowa store.

On Tuesday, James Conley III said he was accused of not paying for the jacket he had been wearing when he went shopping at the Old Navy location in Jordan Creek Town Center. A store employee told Conley, who is African American, that his jacket needed to be scanned to make sure it had previously been purchased at the store.

The store was then temporarily closed pending an investigation into the situation and Conley filed a formal complaint with the NAACP Des Moines branch.

In a Facebook post on Saturday, Old Navy announced three employees involved in the incident were fired. “The situation was a violation of our policies and values, and we apologize to both Mr. Conley and to those we’ve disappointed. All of our customers deserve to be treated with respect,” the post said.

The Jordan Creek store has since been reopened.

URBANDALE, Iowa  —  With so many different options, choosing which kind of Girl Scout cookie to buy can be tough.

The Iowa troops say they’re stocked and prepared for hungry customers, though.

“I just like selling cookies and it’s fun. And at the end I usually get to eat some,” said Jemma Meacham, who’s part of Girl Scout Troop 558.

The Cookie Mega Drop took place in Urbandale. More than 14,000 cases–or 166,000 boxes–are at the warehouse and ready to be distributed to Girl Scout troops all across the state. But that’s not all they plan to order for the season. This is the 101st year of cookie sales, and the organization says the lessons are still fresh.

“It is a big event, it’s a big program for our girls,” said Samie Swinton, Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa’s assistant director of public relations. “It teaches them five skills of financial literacy. It’s very exciting for them, to watch them go from daisies doing their first cookies sale all the way to businesswomen in the future that can tie back their marketing skills to this program.”

The cookie selling season goes until March 18th.