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Target cash registers back in service after mass outage


A widespread cash register outage at Target stores stopped left shoppers “unable to make purchases," angering customers across the U.S. on Saturday. (Nati Harnik/Nati Harnik/AP Photo)

A widespread cash register outage at Target stores that left shoppers “unable to make purchases," on Saturday afternoon has been resolved.

Over two hours after the problem was initially addressed by Target, a statement was released notifying customers that “registers are fully back online and guests are able to purchase their merchandise again in all stores.”

The temporary outage was the result of an internal technology issue. An internal review determined that it was not caused by a data breach or security-related issue.

“Our technology team worked quickly to identify and fix the issue, and we apologize for the inconvenience and frustration this caused for our guests,” Target said.

During the outage, customers shared their frustrations and photos of long lines on Twitter.

“The true urban crisis,” Faith Heaton Jolley wrote during the outage. “All the Target checkouts are down nationwide and we might die here.”

Another Twitter user remarked that it looked like Black Friday at his local store in Birmingham, Ala.

Journalist Nancy Yang shared photos of abandoned carts at her local Target.

“Think of all the perishables they have to trash,” Yang wrote.

It’s not known exactly when the outage began, but Target’s message assuring customers they are working to fix the problem was posted just after 3 p.m.

“We’re aware that guests are currently unable to make purchases at Target stores,” Target wrote in an initial statement. “Our teams are troubleshooting now and we apologize for the inconvenience. We will provide an update as soon as possible.”

Thankfully, Targetgeddon is now over and everyone (presumably) made it out alive.