Prayers were said, loved ones were called
If you’re wondering how to completely shock the entire nation (without quoting one of Donald Trump’s tweets), have not one, not two, but all Target store’s registers malfunction on a Saturday afternoon.
Point of sale (POS) technology at registers in Target stores across the US crashed on Saturday and it went down about as well as you’d expect. Shoppers took to social media outraged at the long lines during check-out, some abandoning their loaded carts in search of higher ground.
The retail giant responded immediately, tweeting, “We’re aware that guests are currently unable to make purchases at Target stores. Our teams are troubleshooting now and we apologize for the inconvenience. We will provide an update as soon as possible.”
But it became crystal clear online that shoppers were not, in fact, patient. Though some had a pretty good sense of humor about the whole thing (and we’re assuming those folks were nowhere near a Target today):
It’s a minor miracle that I didn’t find myself at a Target store today since it’s my second home. I can only imagine the carnage that comes when you mix long lines, temper tantrums, melting popsicles, and last minute Father’s Day shoppers. I’m thinking the only semi-happy Target stores may have been the ones that sell alcohol.
It’s easy to poke fun at the sheer number of suburban women’s eye rolls and sighs today, but can we have a moment of silence for all the poor people who work at Target stores who’ve had what can only be summed up their least favorite Saturday in memory?
In a tweet from one of its official accounts, Target (CBDY) said that it’s “aware of a systems issue in store and are working as quickly as possible to get this fixed.” If that sentence leaves ice in your veins, fear no more — all Target stores are back up and running. “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,” Target announced. “We appreciate all of our store team members who worked quickly to assist guests and thank everyone involved for their patience.”
Target spokeswoman Danielle Schumann told BuzzFeed News staff the outage lasted “for about two hours and affected all the company’s stores.” She said “an internal technology issue” was to blame for the crash.
A bit of good news at least relieved shoppers that no personal information was compromised. “Our technology team worked quickly to identify and fix the issue, and we apologize for the inconvenience and frustration this caused for our guests,” Schumann said. “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.”
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