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.
#targetdown I was able to get out in a little over an hour because my cashier would not give up. He had to scan every single item at least 10 times but it worked. They are still turning away people at the door. pic.twitter.com/jbEzBcIjmj
— Naomi Thompson 📺 (@NaominotNyomi) June 15, 2019
— tanya (@thetiebandit) June 15, 2019
I was at Target. Seems to be no end in site for the register outage or the forming lines. I abandoned cart and left... can't waste my whole day there. #targetdown #targetoutage pic.twitter.com/IolXjTIjOz
— Jeff of The Game Capital & The Poke Capital (@ThePokeCapital) June 15, 2019
— IceburG🥶 (@So_Ice_Cold) June 15, 2019
Just left target after patiently waiting for an hour or so. Every single person working there is amazing & I honestly feel for them. I just had to take the L. If you’re still there, please be patient with these guys. They are doing their best! #targetdown pic.twitter.com/yBcEYL4Jsx
— Elizabeth Matthews (@momof2boys79) June 15, 2019
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."