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Shopping carts are painfully shocking

Posted Sun April 11, 2010 9:17 pm, by Susanne B. written to Wal-Mart

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Since Wal-mart has gotten the new coated shopping carts, I've been shocked every time I shop. I have Fibromyalgia and the pain I feel from these shocks is 7x more intense than anyone else that may be experiencing the same thing but doesn't have this disorder. I can't touch a shelf (they're all metal) or a freezer door (they're all metal) without getting zapped so badly that I wince and jerk back. A few times it has been so bad that I couldn't use my right arm for hours due to the pain. It's a very unpleasant shopping experience and it happens every single time since the new carts. I've mentioned this to management, nothing. Complained to management, only to be told "Wal-mart is investigating this problem" How much pain must I endure before something will be done? I live in Alamogordo New Mexico where there are no other shopping options besides Wal-mart and I dread going to the store because I know it will be a very painful day for me

change the shopping carts, compensate for the pain I have every time I shop. A gift certificate would be heavenly but even an apology and new shopping carts would make me happy at this point. I don't want to be in pain anymore every time I shop there


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by s r. Posted Fri May 4, 2012 @ 1:01 AM

Had the exact problem today at the Walmart in Goodyear, Az off Indian
Wells Road. The static shocks were the worst I have ever encountered.
It is obviously related to the cheap vinyl flooring used or perhaps
the carts. One more reason not to go to Walmart.

by david121121 Posted Sun July 31, 2011 @ 6:02 PM

Lady wear gloves

by rin Posted Fri November 26, 2010 @ 5:03 PM

my mother is 83 and the walmart shopping cart shocked her while in the
freezer dept. which statled her and caused her to fall. she spent 2
weeks in the hosp. she had severed pain and caused some of her
conditions to be worsen. walmart declines responsibility.


whatever people it is a small static discharge by david121121 Sun July 31, 2011 @ 6:04 PM

by wonderwoman100468 Posted Tue August 31, 2010 @ 12:54 PM

Yes it happened to me last year in Peoria,Il.
The Walmart on Allen road was shocking me so bad I had my supervisor
Crystal S. push it and it shocked her too. It was so bad and with me
having RSD, I pointed it out to the supervisor Jennifer of Walmart and
she returned to give me a compaint number for them, thier 1 800 number
which you cant get through.
I too think that shopping is bad. I t happened to my friend Monica G.
as well.
But thier management doesnt seem to care if u are sick just buy!

wonderwoman100468@msn.com or gmail.com


by RedheadwGlasses Posted Wed April 14, 2010 @ 7:39 PM

How about carrying fabric softener sheets with you?


WalMart can fix the problem by Donno Fri April 16, 2010 @ 9:30 AM

Maybe... by Kelshir Sun April 18, 2010 @ 5:16 PM

by PepperElf Posted Wed April 14, 2010 @ 6:52 PM

personally i wouldn't want to walk around shopping wearing gloves if i
didn't have to.

i mean unless you get some really fashionable ones then.
Or the Doctor Horrible gloves. with the eye-protection too.

i mean unless you're wearing something like that... walking around
wearing gloves is likely going to be not much of a fashion statement.

well medical gloves that is.
i guess there's always something like opera gloves, that would look

cos really, if you go wearing examination gloves into walmart ... your
hands will most likely end up on www.peopleofwalmart.com

so... i'm still staying with the idea of the moist-wipes for the cart.
the dampness should prevent any static electricity.

if they don't have any, then perhaps a pocket bottle of hand
sanitizer. that way you can reapply it, especially if you're going to
be reaching for one of those cooler-doors.


"Laura Ashley Shock-Resistant Rubber Gloves" by RedheadwGlasses Wed April 14, 2010 @ 10:31 PM

or something like this?.... by PepperElf Thu April 15, 2010 @ 5:27 PM

I wear gloves when shopping.. by Harleycat Sat April 17, 2010 @ 1:19 AM

by Mrs. Sid Vicious Posted Wed April 14, 2010 @ 12:43 PM

wear gloves like Dot from mad tv

by Anonymous A. Posted Tue April 13, 2010 @ 2:03 PM

Ouch...yes as others said wear gloves. And are you dragging/skidding
your shoes on the floor when you walk? That causes shocks too. If you
are doing that, try to keep your feet higher so you wont drag them.


by RedheadwGlasses Posted Tue April 13, 2010 @ 12:47 PM

So wear a pair of rubber gloves.


by sueflgator Posted Tue April 13, 2010 @ 10:29 AM

I've had the same problem getting shocked when using a shopping cart,
especially at Walmart. I've now started bringing my own pull cart
with me that has really lessened the shocks. You could try something
like that.

by Jill7 Posted Mon April 12, 2010 @ 9:44 PM

I had this happen recently at the new Wal Mart in Dayton Ohio!!!! I
have NO health conditions and was always wear rubber soled shoes and
was shocked through out the whole store!!! Not a little shock either.


by batmoody Posted Mon April 12, 2010 @ 10:53 AM

I agree with the other posters about wearing gloves. If it causes you
that much pain, it seems like a no brainer, like after the first time!
But YOU continue to make things worse on yourself.

I don't beleive you are due ANY compensation. How would an appology or
gift certificate make you happy when the problem is just going to keep
happening for you? You dont deserve compensation for the pain you
endure everytime you shop when there is an easy remedy on YOUR part
for YOUR medical condition.

You know it's going to happen. You've been in so much pain you
couldn't use your arm for hours. Wear gloves.


by PepperElf Posted Mon April 12, 2010 @ 10:45 AM

i don't remember but... do they have those cart-wipes at the entrance

you may be able to diffuse a shock by wiping the cart with one of


They used to by Batman Tue April 20, 2010 @ 1:29 AM
by Chadg Posted Mon April 12, 2010 @ 10:05 AM

as a former employee of walmart, i know exactly what youre talking
about. i brought this to the attention of magangement and got shrugged
off. this happens more often in the newest stores, it has to do with
the type of flooring they use, its more conductive than the older
stuff. knowing walmart, you probably will get a GC but thats about it.


know it all by david121121 Sun July 31, 2011 @ 6:11 PM

by Donno Posted Mon April 12, 2010 @ 10:03 AM

I have the same reactions just to setting foot in a WalMart, but I
rarely use a shopping cart.

I believe the problem is the coated carts continue to build up charge
until it is so great it breaks down through the insulated handle or
cart. With a metal cart, you'll more continuously dissipate the
charge if you touch the bare metal.

Some stores add a small chain or ground strap to the bottom, that
contacts the floor. This will dissipate the charge, instead of you.

WalMart won't replace brand new shopping carts because of this, but
maybe they can modify them. Two to four % of the population is
affected by FM, but others are finding these shocks uncomfortable.

How much compensation would be enough? If they gave you $50, would
that take away the painful memory of the shocks? As you say, you
dread going to WM (as I do) A one-time $50 won't change that.

I think it is extrememely unlikely they will compensate you, but
hopefully they will consider the cart modification.


Thanks Donno by ST Mon April 12, 2010 @ 12:50 PM

by CrazyRedHead Posted Mon April 12, 2010 @ 9:32 AM

I also shop at WalMart and have gotten shocked by the carts. Although
the shocks are not painful to the point of inability to use my arm,
they do hurt. This also happens at Target, Kroger and Piggly Wiggly.
Maybe it's what I'm wearing or doing, but it's not a big deal. I guess
I wouldn't understand unless I had Fibromyalgia, but the shocks do
hurt. I agree with the suggestions of wearing rubber soled shoes. Do
you shuffle your feet when you walk? If they hurt me I can only
imagine what your feeling. I have very long hair and it stands up when
I shop and gets very staticky, I have to pin it up in a clip. I hope
you find a way to get grounded on this.


by NathanG Posted Mon April 12, 2010 @ 7:50 AM

I really dont think Walmart is going to spend millions of dollars to
replace all their carts.

I have never gotten a shock from one and I wear regular shoes. Maybe
check what you are wearing and make sure its rubber soled, or like was
suggested wear gloves.

Its not walmarts job to accomidate peoples illnesses. Its your
responcibility to do what you need to do to feel comfortable.

As for getting a gift certificate, ummmmmmmm no.


by olie Posted Sun April 11, 2010 @ 11:45 PM

I think this is great feedback for WalMart. I don't think you should
be compensated, but I do think that upper management needs to be made
aware. There's a problem with static electricity involving their
carts and probably the carts' interaction with the floors.

I like the previous idea of wearing rubber gloves. Maybe rubber-soled
shoes would help. Could you make contact with some non-metal item
before you touch the metal?

I quickly googled your city, and found a number of grocery stores. I
realize the prices may be higher, but you won't have unbearable pain
in your right arm for hours after a visit. Maybe a good trade-off??


What?? by RowdyRetailer Mon April 12, 2010 @ 12:19 AM

by Meb Posted Sun April 11, 2010 @ 11:11 PM

Maybe you could wear gloves while shopping? Or use a handkerchief or
tissue or something like that to touch the shelves or open the freezer

I'm sorry you're having this trouble, but I don't feel Wal-Mart owes
you compensation.


by RowdyRetailer Posted Sun April 11, 2010 @ 9:58 PM

I dont see how Walmart is responsible for accomdating your medical

What do you want done, wooden shelves, plastic carts, etc?

I can sympathize with your compensation is out of the question.

You have to make accomodations for your medical conditions, not

Good Day


Amen to that by hah Tue September 7, 2010 @ 1:17 AM

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