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Grocery store shopping carts - shocking!

I was at the grocery store today, and once again I got shocked! Repeated little shocks on my hands (fingers and palms) where I was touching the metal part of the handle of the shopping cart. This has happened to me in several stores, with both the regular carts and the smaller carts. Anyone else have this happen? Anyone know the reason why it happens? It's shocking!

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  1. Happens to me all the time. I don't know why. Sometimes after I leave the store my car will then shock me getting in it.

    1. No, but I'm bumping in the hopes that someone answers this. Happened to me enough today that it hurt.

      All I can think of is some weird static buildup, but DANG why does it have to discharge right down the palm of my hand!?

      1. Happens to me often too.

        1. I am totally baffled. This has never happened to me, even in the winter, when everything else shocks me. I wonder if it has to do with body type or the floor material or what you are putting in your carriage/cart? I'd be very interested to hear a scientific explanation of this.

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          1. re: Isolda

            It happened to me most frequently at Walmart in Florida - but today was at Auchan here in France -- so no correlation of weather, cart manufacturers, flooring materials or anything else immediately obvious.

            It seems to happen more frequently with the plastic-bodied carts, rather than wire carts, even the plastic-coated wire carts.

            1. re: sunshine842

              It is annoying, and actually, it sometimes creates an aversion reaction - I can remember the sensation and really want to avoid it. Makes me want to end the shopping trip and run out of the store! I even recall it happening in the winter, and I put on my gloves in order to finish the shopping trip. But it doesn't happen every time. Weird!

              The stores I've been in have metal carts with just the partial plastic sheath around the handle, and the shocks always happen when I touch the metal part. It's happened to me in three different stores that I can remember, and probably others that I don't recall at the moment.

              1. re: sunshine842

                As reading this I was thinking "I get shocked all the time too! Wait a minute... I haven't lately." And that's because I haven't been shopping at Wal-mart. I can't imagine they are to blame but that is odd.

            2. Happens to me too. I've always assumed it was some static build up from the wheels on the linoleum floors. But it is annoying! And they are sharp little shocks too!