Any call from the police department at 5:30 in the morning is sure to bring out an inner sense of dread from most people.

Any call from the police department at 5:30 in the morning is sure to bring out an inner sense of dread from most people.
However, Teri Carter, the owner of the EcoChic store in downtown Milford, couldn’t help but laugh when she received a call from the Milford Police Department early on Oct. 25.
It turned out that her EcoChic business had an impromptu pre-Black Friday doorbuster sale – and it was a deer that did the busting. There was a total of $350 worth of damage to the door after a deer smashed into it.
“I truly thought it was a joke,” Carter said. “It was 5:30 in the morning and they woke me up and said it was Milford P.D. He said, ‘Ma’am, do you own a store at 28 South Walnut Street?’, and I said that I do.
“And he said, ‘Well, a deer has run into the front door of the store and we have two officers on the scene.’ I thought he was kidding. He said, ‘No ma’am, we’re not kidding.’”
Really, it only seems natural.
After all, the Milford EcoChic store markets itself as “an eco-living boutique for the fashion forward, environmentally conscious shopper.”
“Our store is so natural, even the wildlife shop here,” Carter said, “and believe me, it’s definitely not a routine thing to see deer in downtown Milford.”
Carter said a man driving home from work at Baltimore Aircoil spotted the deer downtown at an intersection near the Riverwalk. He called the police about the unusual sighting.
She said she heard that the unnamed man has the whole incident on video but she has been unable to track him down.
“I guess the deer got spooked and she ran across the mulch bed and she kind of cut the corner [near EcoChic’s front door],” said Carter. “There was fur stuck to the corner of the building on the brick. It looks like she may have shouldered it because of the angle she was coming across just looks like she ran her shoulder into the door. But there’s also scratch marks on the brick outside.”
After all of the excitement, it turns out the deer got away mostly unscathed.
But it certainly left Carter with one unforgettable story to tell.