Customers at the Mission Valley IHOP received quite a side show Labor Day morning when a deer came crashing through one of the windows of the restaurant.
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The incident occurred at about 7 a.m. Monday. Video shows a deer crashing through one of the front windows and running around the restaurant.
Gina Valenzuela could not believe it.
"Oh my God," she said. "How did it get in there? That's insane! And where did it go afterwards?"
The video shows the deer checking out the kitchen and then looking for a way out. It bolts straight toward another window but does not get through.
Instead, the deer stumbles, struggles to get its footing and becomes tangled up in the blinds.
Ben Suliaman lives in Mission Valley and did not believe the story.
"Is this some kind of advertising for IHOP?" he asked.
Once he saw the video, his jaw dropped and he became speechless. He then offered speculation about where the deer came from.
"I live in this area here and sometimes we come across some wild animals like this, you know, because of the valley maybe," Suliaman said.
Video shows the deer making another attempt to escape toward a side emergency exit. The restaurant manager then opens the door and lets the deer go on its way.
No one was injured.
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