Brace yourselves -- this one's pretty horrifying.
AP reports that in Cartersville, Georgia, customers have found at least four syringes hidden in Walmart clothing items -- and at least two women were pricked by the needles while trying clothes on.
"I felt something stick me in the finger and I was like, 'what is that'?" Courtney Worthington, 14, told local new station WXIA-TV. A needle stuck in both her foot and hand while she was trying on a new pair of PJs bought at Walmart.
Patricia Headrick also had a hypodermic needle suddenly prick her finger when she reached into a package of bras at the same Cartersville Walmart. She told WXIA-TV, "Everything started going through my mind. Whose arm was this in; whose body -- was this a used needle; am I going to die based on this being in someone's body?"
Authorities don't know for sure, but just in case, Headrick told the store managers then headed to get tested for diseases. And although she had blood work done, she won't know immediately whether she has been exposed to anything dangerous.
"I'm just waiting game," Headrick told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "I'm scared to death. I don't know what's going to happen."
In the meantime, she must take preventative medicine just in case the needle was exposed to HIV -- and the seven days of medicine is costing her $1,300.
Although initially WXIA-TV reported that Walmart would not be paying for the pricey meds, a Wal-Mart Stores Inc. spokeswoman has since confirmed that the retailer will pay for any medical expenses for Headrick and anyone else pricked by the surreptitious syringes.
Which is mighty big of Walmart, considering they had potentially dirty needles aimed directly at customers' limbs.
It's not the first time, of course, that Walmart hasn't treated its customers too kindly. We'll never forget the Walmart Bikini Incident of 2011, when an Oregon woman was kicked out of her local Walmart for wearing a bikini top with her shorts and sandals.
We have to admit: this is way worse.
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