Parking lot syringe costs Target millions

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GREENVILLE, S.C. (WYFF) – A woman who sued Target after being stuck in the hand by a syringe has been awarded $4.6 million by a South Carolina jury.

Denise Garrison, of Anderson, filed a lawsuit against Target after the retail giant refused to pay for the medical expenses she incurred.

“Target took a pretty hard stance on this. They pretty much said, ‘No,'” Garrison’s attorney, Josh Hawkins, said.

According to her lawsuit, Garrison and her 8-year-old daughter had visited the Target store on Clemson Boulevard in Anderson in May 2014. When they exited their vehicle, Garrison saw that her daughter had picked up a syringe.

“The plaintiff instinctively reacted to protect her child and swatted the syringe out of her child’s hand,” the lawsuit said.

By doing so, Garrison was stuck by the syringe in the palm of her right hand.

“You shouldn’t leave items in your parking lot if you know children are coming with their mothers,” Hawkins said.

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