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Walmart Shoppers Get Scary Surprise When Injured By Hidden Razor Blades On Cart Handles

A Missouri woman went to get a little shopping done on Sunday afternoon at her local Walmart. When she grabbed a cart, she tried to use some hand sanitizer to wipe down the handle. Considering all the hands that are wrapped around that handle every day, it's a smart thing to do. That's when she felt a little prick and made a shocking discovery. The handle had been rigged with a razor blade on the bottom.

Michelle Patterson says that as she wiped down her cart handle, she got poked by something. She found out a straight razor had been inserted on the underside of the cart handle so that it couldn't be seen from above. Anyone who wrapped their hand around the handle in the right place was risking injury.

"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 said to Fox2Now News. "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."

Patterson could have gotten hurt a lot worse and has to worry that she may have contracted some kind of disease from the mysterious razor. It's horrifying to think about, and what's even more horrifying is that she isn't the first one to encounter this sick prank.

Another person at the same Walmart location found a blade within a week. No details have been revealed about this incident, and there have been reports of it happening at other stores. Police don't believe the purpose of the blades is to hurt shoppers, but that they're being used as a shoplifting aid. They won’t reveal how they think they’re being used to prevent the trend from growing. Unfortunately, the blades left behind do pose a risk to customers who go for the carts that have been rigged.

"Going in today, I did kind of gently feel underneath making sure I didn't cut myself,” said customer Stephanie Rudolph, who heard about the razors. "Now, going forward I’m going to have to look at every shopping cart, especially ones I’m going to put my son in."

Patterson at least says she doesn't blame Walmart for the razors, but she wants customers to be aware that someone is putting them there. Someone can get seriously hurt, particularly a child if a parent attempts to put them in the seat.

"The lady behind me had a toddler, that would have been her cart if I hadn't been there first," Patterson said. "That's what upsets me."

Walmart put out the following statement about the issue: "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."

Source: WREG, 11 Alive
Photo: WREG

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