A woman in Wadsworth, Ohio, received the scare of her life when her husband was cut by a razor blade sticking out of a Walmart shopping cart.
When Walmart was reached for comment, the corporate office confirmed the incident, stating razor blades being stashed in Walmart shopping cart handles is indeed something that is happening all across the United States, at many retailers.
This is not the first incident that occurred at a Walmart. In 2015, a woman was shopping at her local Walmart, when her son noticed something underneath the handles while using a wipe to clean the edges.
Walmart Cart With Blade In Handle
Lisa Zimmerman said her son told her something metal was poking out of the handle, and then she discovered a long surgical razor blade, embedded in the cart’s handle. Zimmerman was terrified, saying that she likely would have sliced her hand if she had not wiped down the handle with a sanitizing wipe before. Zimmerman’s local Walmart also responded to the incident, saying store workers immediately checked other shopping carts, but found no other razor blades. The store checked surveillance footage for potential suspects, but could not find any information.
Walmart Shopping Cart With Blade In Handle
The newest incident occurred at a Walmart to a customer named Cheryl Johnson spoke with Cleveland 19 News, stating she and her husband, Mel, were shopping at night, when her husband went to move an abandoned shopping cart out of the aisle. That is when Johnson was cut by a razor sticking out of the shopping cart’s handle.
The blade, as shown in the picture taken by Cheryl, was upside down. Luckily, her husband was only pricked by it’s edge. The Johnsons reported it to Walmart staff and management and filed an incident report with the store. Johnson says she’s afraid this is something that might be going on nationally, and is trying to alert customers as much as she can.
Why would someone put razor blades underneath the handles of shopping carts? Simple. Walmart Inc. beleives that a shoplifter might cut a security tag and stash the blade in the shopping cart handle to make it easier to avoid security cameras. Or maybe it is just to hurt someone? The answer can never be known for sure.
In the Johnson case, Walmart stated that its staff conduct regular checks daily to search for other razor blades in handles of shopping carts.
Fortunately, both individuals involved were not severely injured, but it could have been much worse. To avoid situations like these, do regular checks before you start pushing the cart by looking underneath the handlebar, and on the sides. If you have children, make sure and check before you put them in their seat. Not doing so could lead to potentially dangerous cuts, or lead to infections and diseases that can be a serious threat. It’s a dangerous and crazy world we live in and we better check twice before shopping from now on.