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.”
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.
— Target (@Target) June 15, 2019
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):
Did you try unplugging the computer and plugging it back in?— Hipster (@Hipster_Trader) June 15, 2019
they could just take all the rice from off the shelves and pour it on all the computers pic.twitter.com/VBBMrGPw7x— sabrina (@sabrinamarielh) June 15, 2019
Empty Target in NJ. pic.twitter.com/rPd7tkQSrI— Poke (@pokepark1234567) June 15, 2019
— Max Powers (@MaxPowers44) June 15, 2019
— BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed) June 15, 2019
— Queen (@justablacklife) June 15, 2019
The true urban crisis. All the Target checkouts are down nationwide and we might die here pic.twitter.com/HUMpdYYKYm
— Faith Heaton Jolley (@FaithHJolley) June 15, 2019
“And I looked and the angel of the lord broke the first scroll, and the hosts of heaven blew their trumpets, and first horse of the apocalypse shut down all the target registers nationwide.”
-Revelations 2:7 #Targetdown
— Blake MacKenzie (@BlakeMacKenzie) June 15, 2019
We are entrenched in asile three between the deodorant and the razors. Tensions are high and the ice cream is melting. They have provided us popcorn and green tea, but rations are fast diminishing. How I wish we had gone to Walmart.
— Bridget 🌊 (@BShopps) June 15, 2019
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?
— soda pup (@dogfluffs) June 15, 2019
Terrible video but had to share. Employees handing out chips. Starbucks handing out drinks. Customers offering their baskets to strangers trying to hold all of their items. Sometimes the most uncomfortable situations can actually bring out the best of human nature. #targetdown pic.twitter.com/iI3owraDoX
— Hunter Sowards (@huntersowards3) June 15, 2019
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.”
— Nancy Yang (@n_yang) June 15, 2019
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.”