CARTERSVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will pay for any valid medical expenses for customers harmed as a result of syringes found in clothing at one of its north Georgia stores, a spokeswoman for the Arkansas-based retailer said.
Company officials believe the syringe scare is isolated to its Cartersville store, Wal-Mart spokeswoman Dianna Gee said.
"If any of our customers were harmed, we will gladly pay for any valid medical expenses," she told WXIA-TV.
Authorities say syringes have been found in clothing sold at the Walmart in Cartersville four times in recent days.
In two of the cases, hypodermic needles have pierced the skin of customers, who required emergency medical care to prevent the spread of disease, Bartow County sheriff's Sgt. Jonathan Rogers said.
Patricia Headrick said that she fears contracting a disease such as Hepatitis after being stuck by a needle while shopping for women's clothing at the store on Black Friday.
"I'm scared to death," she told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "I don't know what's going to happen."
Headrick said her family paid $1,300 for medicine that will hopefully deter an illness. Doctors advised her she needed the medicine within seven days, she said.
In another case, 14-year-old Courtney Worthington said a syringe punctured her finger and foot while she was trying on some new pajamas her mother had bought at the store Nov. 22.
"I felt something stick me in the finger and I was like, 'what is that?,'" she told WXIA.
Sheriff's officials said they're reviewing surveillance video from the store, which is about 40 miles northwest of Atlanta.
"We are committed to getting to the bottom of this, to determine exactly what happened and how," Gee said.
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