Massive At Target's stores, connections and the inability to make purchases were reported across the country after the retailer's cash registers malfunctioned due to a "system problem," even though Target hours later announced to have solved the problem Three different sites in Georgia "said that the registers will not work for 45 minutes from 15:00 ET. Instead, according to BuzzFeed News, employees had to transact with mobile phones. Customers reported hours of waiting for check-out and in some cases abandoned their carts to go elsewhere. Employees at some sites seem to have distributed free drinks and snacks to affected customers. Photos show that at least some trades were closed, while a Richmond SFGate client said that the per-customer screening methods took up to 15 to 20 minutes.
"They have mastered the situation like professionals," said Jeff Clark, resident from Mississippi and customer from D Iberville, opposite BuzzFeed. "They've brought out Starbucks shooters for all over again, because there's no better way to calm down an intense crowd than give them caffeine shots!"
"The crowd did not get restless," Clark told the site. "Just a whistle here and there."
"It was just a sea of very frustrated people," said Edmond, Oklahoma customer, Brodie Butler, the Washington Post. "People dumped their things on the ground or simply pushed their carts down the aisle and walked away."
In 2013, Target's national credit card database was compromised, jeopardizing the security of debit and credit card data from around 40 million accounts and separate Data such as names, telephone numbers, postal addresses and e-mail addresses of tens of millions of others. In 2017, Target agreed to pay $ 18.5 million in an agreement (estimated total damage $ 202 million).
This does not seem like a similar situation. Target spokeswoman Danielle Schumann said that after a "first but thorough review", it found that the outages were not a "privacy breach or security issue" and that no data had been compromised, Buzzfeed wrote. Employees fixed the problem after two hours.