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Cash registers back on at Target after outage nationwide, including in California

FILE - This May 3, 2017, file photo shows a Target store in Omaha, Neb. Target is offering same-day delivery on thousands of items $9.99 per order through a startup it purchased nearly two years ago. Until now, Target shoppers looking to receive same-day delivery through Shipt had to go to the startup’s website and pay $99 for an annual membership or $14 for a monthly membership. This week, Target incorporated the Shipt feature on its website. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)
FILE - This May 3, 2017, file photo shows a Target store in Omaha, Neb. Target is offering same-day delivery on thousands of items $9.99 per order through a startup it purchased nearly two years ago. Until now, Target shoppers looking to receive same-day delivery through Shipt had to go to the startup’s website and pay $99 for an annual membership or $14 for a monthly membership. This week, Target incorporated the Shipt feature on its website. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File) AP

Target customers experienced delays in their Father’s Day eve shopping after widespread outages took out cash registers.

The company acknowledged the problem, saying on Twitter, “We are aware that guests are are currently unable to make purchases at Target stores. Our teams are troubleshooting now and we apologize for the inconvenience.”

Hours later, the company reported the issue had been resolved and that it had been an “internal technology issue.” The company further stated the issue was not related to a data breach and guest information had not been compromised.

At least three of the five Target stores in Fresno experienced outages to cashing systems.

Shoppers who went online to report the issues said the cash registers were not working. They reported long lines.

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A website that tracks tech outages shows areas where Target stores experienced technical difficulties Saturday, June 15, 2019. Shoppers reported cash registers were down across the country. downdetector.com

The website DownDetector.com, which tracks technology outages, showed areas shaded in red and orange, where outages were the most widespread. The map appeared to show the issues in U.S. stores only.

Images posted to social media showed some Target stores closed for the day. In some stores, shoppers were offered free popcorn and snacks for the wait.

Cresencio Rodriguez-Delgado is a journalist at The Fresno Bee. He covers the people and places experiencing economic and social inequity for The California Divide media collaboration. He grew up in the southern San Joaquin Valley and has a bachelor’s degree in print journalism from Fresno State.
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