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Target registers up and running after widespread outages

By Jackie Wattles, CNN Business | Updated - Jun 15th, 2019 @ 4:32pm | Posted - Jun 15th, 2019 @ 2:29pm



ATLANTA (CNN) — Target on Saturday acknowledged guests were "unable to make purchases" for a couple of hours 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 EST.

Shortly before 5 p.m. EST, Jenna Reck, director of communications for Target sent out the following statement:

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. 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.

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.

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

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