A woman cut by a razor hidden on the handle of a shopping cart at the Walmart Supercenter shows her wounded finger, now bandaged. (Tess Townsend photo)
The story sounds like an urban legend.
A Walmart Supercenter customer said she was cut by a razor blade stuck to the plastic cover of a shopping cart handle at the North Main Street store Tuesday.
“As soon as I took the cart, I said ‘ouch’ and my finger was bleeding and as soon as I said ‘ouch,’ the blade fell out,” the 72-year-old Roswell resident, who preferred that her name not be printed, told the Record.
Walmart Corporate Spokeswoman Kayla Whaling said managers at the Roswell location are checking carts to ensure they do not have sharp objects attached.
She said asset protection associates are in the process of reviewing surveillance camera footage and that the store will submit any suspicious footage to the Roswell Police Department.
RPD Sgt. Jim Preston said police will investigate the incident if Walmart provides any leads or evidence that may reveal who placed the razor blade on the shopping cart handle. He said the odds of finding a suspect are “extremely slim.”
The item was probably placed on purpose, according to the sergeant.
“I would assume that it was an intentional act of someone being malicious,” he said.
Whaling said she was not aware of other similar incidents at any Walmart stores in the past, and Preston said he had not heard of clandestine sharp objects appearing on surfaces such as shopping cart handles anywhere in Roswell before.
Risks of being harmed by razors, needles or other sharp objects of unknown origin include possible exposure to fecal matter or bloodborne pathogens, such as hepatitis C or HIV, according to Preston.
He warns people to “be cautious of their surroundings.” If pricked, “seek medical assistance immediately,” he said.
The victim harmed by the blade Tuesday said she visited her doctor after the incident and received a tetanus shot.
She called police at 5:16 p.m. to report the incident, according to Preston. An officer was sent to her residence to speak with her.
The woman praised law enforcement and Walmart associates for their kindness in handling the situation.
She said Walmart associates provided her with ointment and bandages after she was cut.
Her main concern now is that someone else may face similar harm.
“All I want is for people to be aware that some people out there are not nice people,” she said.