Target Registers Back Online After Widespread Outage

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."

Customers at the Target in Dickson City tell Newswatch 16 they also ran into the issue there. Employees were outside the store alerting customers and handing out coupons.

Workers at the Dickson City store tell Newswatch 16 the problem has since been fixed at that location, but there is no word from Target whether the payment problem has been fixed nationwide.

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


  • Lisa Marshinski

    Over the last month, I paid by card at 2 local businesses and each time it locked up their computer after the transaction went through. People better wake up. If they’re bitching now because of a 2 hr wait at Target, wait until the grid completely goes down LOL. Only a percentage are prepared. But let me guess, they think the gov’t will step up and save the day.

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