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Target blames 'internal technology issue' on registers shutting down for 2 hours

Posted at 2:57 PM, Jun 15, 2019

Target customers were forced to wait several hours on Saturday as a glitch caused registers from coast to coast to shut down.

Target said in a statement that an "internal technology issue" was to blame for the nationwide outage that lasted two hours.

"Target’s registers are fully back online and guests are able to purchase their merchandise again in all stores. The temporary outage earlier today was the result of an internal technology issue that lasted for approximately two hours," the company said. "Our technology team worked quickly to identify and fix the issue, and we apologize for the inconvenience and frustration this caused for our guests. After an initial but thorough review, we can confirm that this was not a data breach or security-related issue, and no guest information was compromised at any time. We appreciate all of our store team members who worked quickly to assist guests and thank everyone involved for their patience."

Target Corporate earlier tweeted its apologies for the inconvenience and said its "teams are troubleshooting now."

Customers – ranging from Wisconsin to New York to Florida – took to Twitter to report the mass outage and long checkout lines. Some people on social media have reported that it is taking more than an hour to checkout and others have said they abandoned their shopping carts rather than wait.

This isn't the first time the retail giant has experienced cash register issues. Back in June 2014 , Target had a similar outage after computer issues affected their checkout system.

This story was originally published by Fatima Bangura on WXYZ .