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Target registers suffer nationwide outage, leaving some customers in line for hours

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Posted at 12:49 PM, Jun 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-15 17:34:59-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Target cash registers suffered a nationwide outage Saturday, leaving some customers around the country sitting in line for hours.

The company's corporate office said an "internal technology issue" shut down registers for about two hours Saturday, preventing customers from making purchases in store.

Target added that the technology issue was not a data breach or security-related issue and that customer data was no compromised. By 2:30 p.m., Target said their systems were back online:

"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."

10News has reached out to Target to see how many stores in San Diego were affected by the outage, but have not heard back.

Twitter users across the country took to chronicle their "#TargetDown" experience online, ranging from long wait times, abandoning carts full of groceries, and some checking in — and out — of work at a location as the outage continued.

A similar issue hit Target stores in 2014. That outage appeared to be a "glitch" causing delays at checkouts, "but is not in any way related to a security issue."