Monday was not a typical day for Kunjan Patel and his co-workers at the in the on Swedesford Road.
That's because a deer walked into the store. That's not a joke, but by Tuesday afternoon Patel and his associates were taking a light-hearted view of the whole thing. (Nobody in the store was hurt and the deer fled the store, appearing unhurt except for a small trail of blood left behind after the animal cut itself while smashing the bathroom sink... but let's not get ahead of ourselves).
Patel says he saw the deer coming into the store and after a moment to process what he was actually seeing, he grabbed his cell phone. "It's a new Samsung Epic 4G phone. I had it in my pocket, pulled it out, very convenient shot it in 1080p HD video. It came out perfect!"
Patel described the incident as a Sprint Regional Manager looked on.
Sprint Regional Sales Manager Linda Gordon was also in the store when the deer came running in. She said the deer jumped over the main sales counter, knocking down the computer screen she had been using, just a few feet from where she watched the whole scene unfold.
The store was forced to close temporarily on Monday after the deer's visit. The posted a sign on the door reading: "We are temporarily closed due to an early unannounced visit from one of Santa's reindeer."
Gordon said things moved into action quickly after the deer ran out of the store, as repair work began on the bathroom and other more minor damage was fixed. The deer was apparently spooked by its own shadow and busted up the porcelain sink with its antlers.
By Tuesday morning the store was re-opened with everything back in place and freshly-shampooed carpets.
When asked what kind of phone the deer was interested in, Patel quipped "pretty much all the phones, but truly the unlimited data, that's what it wanted... he was just trying to save a buck."
Now Patel's cell phone is ringing off the hook with friends, family and news media, including one big time New York broadcast. To see more about that and hear Patel tell his story, click on the video clip.