Friday, November 18, 2016

Dead deer in Walmart shopping cart surprises shoppers

After this story was published Wednesday, at least two readers have contacted the Richmond Times-Dispatch by email stating that they saw a dead deer with antlers on the side of the road Tuesday evening, near the Walmart in Short Pump. Both readers speculate that the road kill was carted into the nearby Walmart. Others have speculated that the unidentified culprit, or culprits, tried to take the deer to a check-in station (as required by state law) and mistook Walmart for a deer check-in station. Previous: A customer of the Walmart in Short Pump said she was surprised Tuesday evening when she saw a man drinking what appeared to be liquor inside the store — but that surprise turned to bewilderment when she also spotted a dead deer in a shopping cart. Denise Collier-Bailey said she and her teenage daughter were at the Walmart about 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, returning an item to the store, when they spotted the bloody deer carcass in a shopping cart as two men sat nearby at the entrance of the store, casually talking and laughing. Collier-Bailey’s daughter took photos of the peculiar sight. “It’s just one of those crazy Walmart pictures,” Collier-Bailey said. “If I hadn’t been there to witness it myself, I wouldn’t have believed it.” A spokesman with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries said that while he can only speculate about why anyone would bring a dead deer into a Walmart, he said it’s possible they were trying to check the deer in, which is required by state law...more

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