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Register outages bring Target locations to standstill

Target registers went back online after a temporary systems issue prevented shoppers from making purchases and caused long lines at some stores Saturday.

"Target's registers are fully back online and guests are able to purchase their merchandise again in all stores," the retailer said in a statement." The temporary outage earlier today was the result of an internal technology issue that lasted for approximately two hours.

Target also confirmed that the systems issue was not because of a data breach or "security-related issue."

Earlier in the day, the retailer tweeted that it was aware of "a systems issue" and was working to resolve the bug.

"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 tweeted. 

It is unclear how many of the retailer's more than 1,800 domestic locations were impacted. Target did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.

One Twitter user in California posted an image of a printed-out sign on a Target door saying that "all stores are temporary closed" because of a "global issue."

Customers identified a bug with the cash registers as the source of the problems.

"This is how you bring America to a standstill. Every single register at the Richfield @target is down ," Nancy Yang, a Minnesota journalist, tweeted. 

The standstill comes at a busy time for the retailer as customers shop for gifts ahead of Father's Day on Sunday.

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