A Woolworths shopper says he found a “blood stained” syringe in a trolley after filling it with his weekly groceries.
The man discovered the grubby needle while checking his items out at Midland Gate Shopping Centre, east of Perth, on Wednesday evening.
He said after realising he potentially placed fresh vegetables right on top of the contaminated syringe, he was so disgusted he got a new trolley and began his shopping all over again.
While it didn’t have a stick at the time, he feared the sharp prick might have broken off in a chicken he had picked up, according to a post he made to Facebook.
Speaking with Yahoo News Australia, he said he alerted a checkout staff member to the syringe, who he believes communicated the issue to a manager.
“Senior people were there when I came back through with my new items. Trolley boys had taken the trolley away, so one (of the senior staff members) took a photo of my photo so they could send a copy to their boss,” he said.
The man wasn’t the only one mortified by the disturbing find, with it sparking a strong response from other social media users.
“That is so disgusting... there are so many other places where you can get rid of it, but no not you, disrespectful, horrible, junkie animals,” one person wrote in the comments.
“Just such reckless behaviour.”
Woolworths told Yahoo News Australia it was not aware of the particular report, but “the safety of our customers and team members is our top priority”.
“We regularly clean our trolleys and baskets. We encourage the customer to contact the store manager, so we can investigate the matter further,” a spokesperson said.
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