LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A computer outage left thousands of Target shoppers stranded at checkout registers unable to purchase their items Saturday morning.

The company posted on Twitter, “We are aware of a systems issue in store and are working as quickly as possible to get this fixed.”

Shoppers took to social media to vent their frustrations and share photos of the lines.

People shopping were reportedly told by Target employees to come back later.

Some stores were reported to be handing out free snacks and beverages.

The outage affected stores nationwide.

Target released a statement later in the day Saturday stating, “Target’s registers are fully back online and guests are able to purchase their merchandise again in all stores. The temporary outage earlier today was the result of an internal technology issue that lasted for approximately two hours. Our technology team worked quickly to identify and fix the issue, and we apologize for the inconvenience and frustration this caused for our guests. 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. We appreciate all of our store team members who worked quickly to assist guests and thank everyone involved for their patience.”


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