You honestly have to be on guard at all times, with dangers lurking in the most unexpected places sometimes.
One Walmart customer found this out the hard way when she went to use a shopping cart and got cut on the handle. While wiping down the handle of a shopping cart in the Festus, Missouri Walmart, Michelle Patterson discovered a razor blade jammed into the handle and suffered a minor cut.
She hadn’t noticed the razor blade, as it was stuck underneath the handle, a position that would likely go unnoticed by most shoppers.
While police don’t believe the blade was placed there intentionally to inflict harm, they do suspect that it was used by a shoplifter, who could have used it to detach tags. The shoplifter would have positioned the blade under the handle to be more discreet about their stealing practices.
Capt. Doug Wendel of the Festus Police further explained how shoplifters use a blade, noting: “They’ll walk in with a razor blade and slice open a package so they can steal the merchandise.”
While the incident is currently being investigated, Walmart did check other carts in their store and didn’t discover any other blades. They are also reviewing surveillance videos to find the person who was responsible.
Patterson told Fox2Now: “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.”
Patterson, while not seriously injured, was rightfully concerned about the possibility of a child being cut by the blade, as she noted, “Either way, it’s horrible…to leave the blade. It was crooked, so the sharp end was out and it just poked me but (for) a little kid it could have been pretty bad.”
She further explained: “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.”
Patterson also noted: “The doctor mentioned a few things I could have. Tetanus, she said HIV or hepatitis. But let’s just hope it was clean.”
Walmart released this statement in response: “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. We’ve also reviewed surveillance footage and will continue working with police to find the person responsible.”
Those who weighed in on the story on the WSB-TV Facebook page were outraged, but one person offered this safe solution: “Get you a swim noodle, cut it the size of the length of the shopping cart handle slice it down the middle, next time you go shopping take it with you AND put it on the cart, works great.”
Another commenter had this worry, writing: “You ever thought that all the news coverage may create copy cats? Make a punk think of it that wouldn’t have otherwise?”
Stil another person noted: “Wow…People literally have nothing else to do with their lives other than endangering others.”