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East Nashville business owner has unusual response to crime

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Two brushes with crime in the span of a few days did not scare the owner of an East Nashville store into silence. In fact, she made a video about it. It's not your typical response to a break-in, and the business owner's message isn't typical either.

The owner of OMG, a consignment boutique in east Nashville, considers the first crime where she was a victim her fault. And she said she could have better protected herself from the second. It's why she wants everyone else to learn from her mistakes.

"I think it's OK to talk about it so that other people kind of remember to take those extra precautions," store owner Kate Mills said.

Almost immediately after Mills found out her east Nashville store was broken into she made a video and posted it to Facebook.

"Make it rain up in here. Make it rain because we need change. We don't have any money up in here. We don't have any," Mills said in the video.

It's not a typical response from a victim, but Mills said she refuses to feel defeated.

"I just didn't want this thing that we love to be ruined. I just didn't want to walk in to see what we worked so hard to be destroyed," Mills said.

Earlier this week someone broke into Mills and Ashley Sheehan's consignment store on McGavock Pike.

That's about two weeks after someone stole Mills car from right out front.

"The beginning of the year started off really roughly with the car. That was my own fault. I mean I shouldn't have left my keys in the car," Mills said.

Mills said anyone who leaves their keys in their car is tempting fate, and she lost. But when it comes to the store break-in, she and her business partner consider themselves lucky.

"We just visualized the worst, that everything was going to be torn apart, and we both were just relieved that we walk in and, you know, oh, they took the money," the other store owner Ashley Sheehan said.

"You just have to find the positive in it," Mills said.

They lost some cash, but not a significant amount, and the owners said they actually gained business.

"People came in to shop just to support us yesterday," Sheehan said.

And they said they gained a better appreciation for making the most out of every moment.

"Come on down and fill up that cash register," Mills said in the video she made for Facebook.

Mills warns everyone, no matter what neighborhood you live in, to know better than she did.

Do not leave your keys in your car. She and her business partner are also working to setup new security measures inside and outside the store.

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