Deer gets into Edmonton thrift shop, breaks china, escapes through window

If security video didn't catch it, the general manager of a West Edmonton thrift store wouldn't have believed a deer broke their window. Carly Robinson reports.


EDMONTON (CITYNEWS) – You’ve heard of a bull in a china shop, but what about a deer in a thrift store? One West Edmonton business is assessing the damage after a wildlife encounter.

John Francis, the manager of Mission Thrift Store says if it weren’t for security video of what happened just after opening on June 26, he might not have believed his employee’s claim.

“I was getting to the stations and getting the day started,” he says. “The deer trotted through pretty quickly, right onto the sales floor.”

It took advantage of an open back door, slipping past volunteers unnoticed, skipping the racks of clothing and shelves of books, when its eyes fell on the china.

“It jumped straight ahead right through the shelving, busted a bunch of dishes, took the plate glass out immediately, kind of landed on the sidewalk, got up and trotted across the road,” Francis says.

The non-profit now has to replace the window, but they say they are impressed the deer seemed unharmed, with no blood or fur left behind as it went trotting off down the busy street.

“This neighborhood gets more interesting every day I’m here,” Francis adds.

And he says the deer is welcome to come back, the staff just it hope it leaves through the front door.

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