The top of a $10,000 inlaid Italian table was showered with broken glass at Flegel's Home Furnishings at 870 Santa Cruz Ave. in Menlo Park after a Jaguar drove into a plate glass window in the front of the store at about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23.
The Jaguar's driver, a 91-year-old man, reportedly thought his car was in reverse then hit the gas when he meant to hit the brakes, said store manager Brian Flegel in a phone interview.
Mr. Flegel said he hadn't been in the store at the time, but related what he was told about it.
No one was injured, he said. Firefighters had it cleaned up in 15 to 20 minutes.
The car's front tire ran into a foot-high planter, which simultaneously raised the car onto a faux brick ledge and slowed it down, Mr. Flegel said. When it stopped, just the front of the car was inside the store.
"All in all, it was, I guess, the perfect way a car could hit our store," he said.