Over the past week or two we’ve seen that at least five Walmarts have closed for six months due to “plumbing problems”.
If the Hoover Dam broke, that might cause a “plumbing problem” that would take more than six months to fix
However, there are no plumbing problems in modern buildings that requires six months to repair. Modern contractors could easily bulldoze an entire Walmart store, rip the concrete slab and all the underground plumbing, and rebuild a new Walmart on the same site in less than six months.
More, Walmart is all about the money and stores closed for six months wouldn’t seem to make any money.
Thus, the “plumbing problem” excuse for store closings is clearly a blatant lie.
Given that Walmart has given its employees only a few hours notice that they would soon be unemployed, Walmart has created a serious public relations problem that won’t be easily forgotten or erased. Alienating the public to any degree has got to be bad for business. Walmart’s conduct has been so inexplicable and heavy-handed that I can’t imagine any modern, major corporation behaving with such indifference to the public–unless that corporation was under some powerful compulsion to do so.