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To think I shouldn't get shocked everywhere I go?

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Allinson2014 Sat 16-May-15 11:47:07

Just that really. I seem to get static shocks off of everything and I'm always a bit worried about touching metal as I know it's going to happen. Some examples...

I was in Primark and when the cashier gave me my change she gave me a static shock too. A couple of weeks later I was in a different Primark and anticipated it happening so paid with a larger note but they only had coin change. The shock was so much that I actually threw my change in the air blush.

My car - it shocks me about 75% of the time when I close the door. I thought I'd got round this by holding the metal door frame as I got out, but earlier I had hold of the door and touched the other door and that one gave me a static shock! How's that even possible?

Metal hand rails always shock me so I can't touch them.

Lift buttons almost always shock me. So shamefully I get my children to press the buttons, they enjoy it and for some reason it doesn't shock them!

I once stroked our cat and shocked his ear!

I know man made fibres etc are worse to generate a charge but it doesn't seem to matter what I'm wearing.

It's driving me mad!

MrsTedCrilly Sat 16-May-15 11:53:52

I feel your pain, what fresh hell is this! It's happening more often to me, I had a bad one the other day when I touched part of the makeup display in boots. It's not as if it really hurts, it's just the shock of it.. Wonder why it happens! Are we super charged? grin

chocolatelife Sat 16-May-15 11:54:01

it must be your shoes?

TheCowThatLaughs Sat 16-May-15 11:55:04

I used to get them all the time but they seem to have stopped on their own, not sure why though!
The above link might help

sharonthewaspandthewineywall Sat 16-May-15 11:56:01

This hasn't happened to me for years. Used to happen all the time in the 80s at our old house. How odd

TheCowThatLaughs Sat 16-May-15 11:56:09

I remember giving ds a shock and he looked really hurt and confused "why did you DO that mummy? "

Allinson2014 Sat 16-May-15 11:56:55

Seems to happen whatever shoes or clothes I'm wearing. I'm going to experiment though and see if I can find some shoes that stop it

foxybingodotcom Sat 16-May-15 11:56:57

I think it's your shoes too.

momtothree Sat 16-May-15 11:58:56

Mine progressed to lights turning on - usually street lights as i approached - look out for that!! Yes annoying

Lavenderice Sat 16-May-15 12:00:04

Could be your underwear.

grapejuicerocks Sat 16-May-15 12:02:27

Wow. Look on it that you are special with a superpower.

Turning on street lamps. Wow.

Theycallmemellowjello Sat 16-May-15 12:05:24

Wow! This does seem strange. Have you always been like this?

Allinson2014 Sat 16-May-15 12:12:05

Turning on street lamps? That would freak me out.

MrsTedCrilly Sat 16-May-15 12:13:15

thecowthatlaughs I actually "aww"ed out loud at that, bless him.

Tubbytimmy Sat 16-May-15 12:14:09

I knew primark would be one of the places.

I always get bastard shocks from that place.

42andGaffaTape Sat 16-May-15 12:14:29

This is always happening to me too!

I now find I have this twitchy jab when pressing lift buttons as they always shock me.

furtivefeline Sat 16-May-15 12:16:17

Are you on any medication OP? I think some types of antidepressants can cause electric shock sensations when you withdraw off them.

BeCool Sat 16-May-15 12:18:33

Start slapping metal items gently with an open hand. That way any built up charge dispurses out of a bigger part of your body and you don't get a shock.

So you will get a shock when your finger gets close to your car or filing cabinet. But if you slap the car or cabinet then the contact point is much bigger and you won't get a shock.

Try it. It works.

WhoNickedMyName Sat 16-May-15 12:19:03

synthetic materials are a major culprit in causing these shocks, stop shopping in Primark.

BeCool Sat 16-May-15 12:19:38

Slap the lift button panel before you press the button grin

TheCowThatLaughs Sat 16-May-15 12:20:02

MrsTedCrilly I know! The poor child! Luckily it hasn't happened for a while now. I'm trying to think what's changed.
I did try a fleecey dressing gown on at Christmas while wearing a polyester dress and all my hair stood on end though shock

BillyBigchin Sat 16-May-15 12:20:48

How odd! I always get them off the lifts in Primark. Always.

SilentBob Sat 16-May-15 12:21:11

I'm going to try the slapping thing, thank you!

I got such a big shock in boots recently that I dropped and smashed a bottle of nail polish. Bright red it was, too. Bastard boots.

CrystalHaze Sat 16-May-15 12:23:20

This happens to me too. I even got shocked picking up cutlery in the Ikea cafe!

LeChien Sat 16-May-15 12:23:56

I get this, it's worse when I have dry hands.

The other day dh had a headache, in the manner of an American religious healer I gently went to put my hand on his forehead saying something like "let god in your life and you will be healed" as I said it a massive, visible spark shot across and got him on the forehead grin

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