Woolies check-outs hit by outage

Woolworths hit with technical outage, checkouts unable to process sales

Woolworths hit with technical outage, checkouts unable to process sales

"Shoppers have been told to leave groceries in baskets in the aisle", one customer from Brisbane wrote on Twitter.

Reports on Twitter are filtering through that Woolworths stores across the country have been shuttered as a technical issue cripples their scanning systems.

More than 20 shoppers were reportedly turned away by the security guard.

Customers were asked to leave many stores after the registers failed to function.

'Everyone was walking out of the store empty handed. Staff said every register in every store nation wide has shut down.

By 5pm, Woolworths tweeted that all registers were back online and apologised for the outage. "We were all offered a box of chocolates". But no.you throw everyone out on school holidays with nothing for dinner.

According to the company, the outage affected registers at its supermarkets in the afternoon, leading to what it characterised as an inability to carry out business "for a short period of time this afternoon".

Woolworths has close to 1000 stores in Australia, though it's not known how many stores were affected.

Woolworths Group CEO Brad Banducci said in a statement the outage lasted about 30 minutes.

The grocer is yet to confirm the cause of the outage.

An IT glitch has hit about half Woolworth's 995 supermarkets in Australia.

The ABC reached out to Woolworths for comment.

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