Target registers appear to be down nationwide.
Shoppers are posting to social media about long waits at the checkout line and then leaving stores empty-handed Saturday afternoon.
“We are aware of a systems issue in store and are working as quickly as possible to get this fixed,” Target tweeted from its @AskTarget account in response to shoppers’ tweets. “Thank you for your patience!”
According to a shopper at the Columbia, Maryland store, employees were warning shoppers about the outage as they entered the store.
There have been many posts on Downdetector.com about stores experiencing problems.
“This is what happens when you rely solely on technology @Target #TargetShutdown #Anarchy,” Twitter user @_MsKilljoy tweeted, including a photo of shoppers standing with carts near checkout lanes.
“Massive outage at @Target. All checkout systems are down across multiple stores in our immediate area. I wonder how widespread this really is. #SaturdayMorning,” @TheQuietJorge tweeted.
Some stores are reportedly passing out snacks, @WesleyBout tweeted.
Some shoppers are reporting signs of store closings on doors at their Target stores.
It did help with impulse shopping, @MrDanHeaver tweeted.
@writeriowa tweeted reminding fellow shoppers that it wasn’t the fault of employees.
This story will be updated.
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