Target registers back online after widespread outage

Registers at multiple Target stores are down, according to employees.

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Target cash registers were back online after a two-hour systems outage on Saturday that left exasperated shoppers venting frustrations online.

In a statement, the company said the failure was not the result of a data breach or security-related issue.

“The temporary outage earlier today was the result of an internal technology issue that lasted for approximately two hours. Our technology team worked quickly to identify and fix the issue, and we apologize for the inconvenience and frustration this caused for our guests,” the statement said.

Earlier in the day, Target acknowledged guests were “unable to make purchases” at its stores but did not provide details.

Shoppers at dozens of stores across the country used social media to express frustration or commend store employees for efforts to diffuse tension as people waited in long lines on the Saturday before Father’s Day. Some on Twitter said Target workers were helping to entertain children and offering refreshments.

“This is how you bring America to a standstill,” a Minnesota journalist shared on Twitter alongside a photo of an error message at a cashier’s stand. “Every single register at the Richfield [Target] is down.”

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Target on Saturday acknowledged guests were “unable to make purchases” at its stores, as shoppers took to social media to complain that cash registers weren’t working.

In a tweet from one of its official accounts, Target said that it’s “aware of a systems issue in store and are working as quickly as possible to get this fixed.”

“Our teams are troubleshooting now and we apologize for the inconvenience. We will provide an update as soon as possible,” the company said in a separate tweet.

Social media users reported cash registers were not functioning properly at dozens of stores across the country and posted images of long lines.

“This is how you bring America to a standstill,” a Minnesota journalist shared on Twitter alongside a photo of an error message at a cashier’s stand. “Every single register at the Richfield [Target] is down.”

Employees at three different locations in Georgia told CNN the registers had been offline for about 45 minutes as of 3 pm ET.

The systems issue came on a busy weekend for shoppers ahead of Father’s Day on Sunday.

It’s not clear how many Target stores were affected or what caused the outage. The company’s corporate office did not immediately respond to requests for details about the issue.

Target has 1,800 locations in the United States and a presence in India.

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