A deer customer

October 31, 1997|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF

Mount Airy shoppers were startled about 1 p.m. yesterday when a hefty two-point buck jumped through the window of the Mount Airy Super Fresh, blunderered about the store, then crashed into a nearby video rental store before it was killed by police or animal control officers.

"We had a huge crash and an uninvited customer," said Robin Taylor, manager of the new store at Peacock Shopping Center on Route 27. "A big deer is the last thing you would expect in the middle of the afternoon."

Stephanie White heard the noise, but continued to shop, figuring "a kid had knocked down a display." The thumping of hoofs sent her scrambling for the exit. The deer spent at least 15 minutes in the grocery store, "jumping the deli counter twice, making several trips up the produce aisle and terrifying everybody, including itself," Taylor said.

The animal left through the automatic doors, leaving behind a damaged window and blood stains.

Then it ventured to Video Den and crashed through another window, one that a crew had just finished washing.

"I heard a big crash and then had a buck standing in the store and staring at me," said employee Bunny Collis.

Animal control officers caught the errant animal as it fled to nearby woods.

"It was hurt and dangerous," said Trooper Chris Heid, a resident state trooper assigned to Mount Airy. "It had to be destroyed."

Heid said a police report had not been filed last night and he was uncertain whether police or animal control officers shot the animal.

The grocery's dairy manager, a hunter fond of deer meat, claimed the venison for personal use, Taylor said.

Pub Date: 10/31/97

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