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SCOUTS SELLING MAIL-ORDER TREES

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If you can't pick up your Christmas tree during regular business hours, no problem. Just drop the money in the mail slot.

That's the way business is done by Boy Scout Troop 399 in Evansville, Ind., which sells Christmas trees to fund the troop's summer camping program."We pretty much trust everybody in Evansville," said Scout Andy Tenbarge, 13, who works at the lot on weekends.

The lot is left unattended after 9 p.m., and a hand-written sign asks customers to "drop money in mail slot" after hours.

"If someone needs to steal a Christmas tree, they need it worse than we do," said Scout leader John Rae. The troop sells about 3,000 trees annually for $6 to $28 each.