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Shoppers Injured By Razor Blades Tucked Under Handle Of Walmart Shopping Carts

Police in Festus, Missouri have a curious case on their hands, as a pair of shoppers have been injured by shopping carts at the local Walmart. This isn’t a case of runaway carts, but rather a case in which the carts appear to have been rigged to injure others. Two shoppers have been nicked by razor blades buried under the handles thus far, and the hope is that the attention the case has generated will put an end to it.

As WREG explains, Michelle Patterson was one of the victims, and she said she felt a prick on her finger when she was wiping down her shopping cart.

"It bled a little tiny bit so I went to the doctor and they drew blood and I'll have to go back in six months again,” she said. "Either way, it's horrible...To leave the blade it was crooked, so the sharp end was out and it just poked me but a little kid it could have been pretty bad. The lady behind me had a toddler, that would have been her cart if I hadn't been there first. That's what upsets me."

Local residents are pretty rattled by the whole thing, and it’s leading them to question whether they should be taking their business elsewhere.

"It's unthinkable that people would actually do something like that," said one resident. "It could have easily been me.

"Going in today, I did kind of gently feel underneath making sure I didn't cut myself,” added another resident. "Now, going forward I’m going to have to look at every shopping cart, especially ones I’m going to put my son in. I would have my 2-year-old cutting himself on a razor blade and there is no reason a razor blade should be stuck in a cart."

Festus Police Captain Doug Wendel indicates that he believes the blades are being used for shoplifting purposes and not with the intent to injure others, but that’s not soothing the shoppers' angst.

“Does it make a difference if a person who gets cut deeply and they can’t use their hand anymore whether it was intended or not?" said one visitor.

For Walmart’s part, the retail giant has released a statement on the disturbing pair of incidents.

"It’s disturbing that someone might try to injure a customer or associate, and we’re grateful no one was seriously hurt. We’ve checked all shopping carts and are currently conducting regular checks,” the statement reads in part. “We’ve also reviewed surveillance footage and will continue working with police to find the person responsible."

Fair enough, but it sounds like the carts need to be checked more thoroughly. While it’s impossible to catch every incident as soon as it happens, some regular checks could at least prevent further impact to customers. In the meantime, it’s one more thing for shoppers to put on their list of things to worry about.

That’s a pretty sad commentary on society that we even have to worry about things of this nature, but awareness is half the battle in preventing unnecessary injuries from happening.

Source: WREG, 11 Alive
Photo: WREG

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