Walmart says it fired 2,200 across country over plumbing

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MIDLAND, Texas -- Walmart laid off more than two thousand workers because of bad plumbing.

"Deciding to close the store is not a decision we make lightly but after careful consideration, we thought it was necessary to make these repairs so we can better serve our customers and the community in the long run," said Walmart spokesman Bill Wertz.

Employees of those stores were notified Monday that they wouldn't be needed for at least six months. The stores were shut down Monday evening.

Some employees will be able to get jobs at other Walmart, and others may be eligible for severance pay.

Some Walmart employees and shoppers are skeptical about this situation. Texas Walmart shopper Richard Evans says he doesn't think the repairs should take a half a year, if plumbing is really all they need to take care of.

"That's a lie. Why would I say that? I used to work in construction," he said. "Break the concrete, take it out, take the gravel out, put in a new pipe. Plumbing, the longest it'll take a week, depending on how major it is."

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