Another needle found from Cartersville Walmart

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  • Needle supposedly found in sealed bag of birdseed from Cartersville Walmart (courtesy Bartow County Sheriff Office)
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  • Birdseed bag from February 6, 2013 Cartersville Walmart needle incident (courtesy Bartow County Sheriff Office)
  • Syringe found in pair of socks from Cartersville Walmart last year (courtesy Bartow County Sheriff Office)
  • Syringe found in clothing from Cartersville Walmart last year (courtesy Bartow County Sheriff Office)

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- At first, it may seem like déjà vu at a Northwest Georgia Walmart, but investigators say not so fast.

Just over a year after 15 insulin type syringes were found inside various items of clothing sold at the Cartersville Walmart, another needle has supposedly turned up in a bag of birdseed sold at the store.

"I work here and I shop here, so it's disturbing," nurse and Walmart shopper Sanea Soloman told 11 Alive News on Tuesday.

She's one of many customers who can't believe it's happened again.

No syringes of the type found in various Walmart items from November 2011 to January of 2012 have turned up since then.

At least three people were pricked by those, but none was seriously injured.

Then last week an Adairsville man called the Bartow County Sheriff's Office to say he was stuck by a needle after pouring birdseed out of a bag he purchased there on February 6th.

But Sgt. Jonathan Rogers said 52-year-old Stacey Springer's case has some major differences from last year's.

First of all, it's a different kind of needle and it was supposedly sealed inside the factory bag and not found hidden in loose clothing items.

Even so, that's small consolation to shoppers at the popular store.

"You can't trust anybody," said Debra Brunetti.

"You can't trust anywhere you go, like you have to find somebody to look over your back and look through everything," she added.

"They're just trying to scare people, you know, and that's wrong," said shopper Faye Webb.

"That's wrong and it's not good for the store," she added.

Investigators said they will again review security videos from the Walmart.

But so far, they have no firm leads on this needle or the 15 syringes found a year ago from products at the same store.

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