Tulsa Walmart Closing Spawns Conspiracy Theories


Thursday, April 23rd 2015, 11:44 pm
By: News On 6


Police are lining up outside a Tulsa Walmart that's temporarily closed. Walmart says they're off-duty officers, just there for security, but that hasn't stopped the rumor mill from churning.

They're pretty interesting. Some of the conspiracies we're hearing include one that involves martial law.

Remember, Walmart says the store closed for plumbing problems, but some people don't buy it.

When has a Walmart parking lot ever been so empty? The Walmart at Admiral and Memorial is expected to be closed for about six months.

Stores in California, Texas and Florida are also temporarily closed for plumbing repairs.

A Walmart spokesperson says this Tulsa store has had more than 100 plumbing problems.

4/14/2015 Related Story: Customers Turned Away From Tulsa Walmart Closed For Plumbing Problems

"It was impacting the working and the shopping experience, so we decided it was in the best interest to take the time and invest the resources to resolve these issues," said Walmart spokesperson Erica Jones.

Ever since the closing, people have been coming up with their own conspiracy theories. Barbara Miller says Walmart is trying to get rid of disgruntled workers, writing, "Retaliation against workers for trying to form a union is illegal under the National Labor Relations Act."

Thelma Barber believes the military might train there in preparation for declaration of Martial Law: "There is talk of Operation Jade Helms in Texas and its connection to the Walmart's closings."

That theory is reinforced by law enforcement, standing ground outside the store; however, Walmart says it hires them for security. Walmart dismisses the theories, and so does shopper David White.

"No, I haven't heard anything," he said. "That's kind of a shocker.

Until the stores open, more conspiracies and rumors are sure to appear.

The pharmacy remains open at Admiral and Memorial. The entire store could re-open as early as October.