If you went to Target this past Father's Day weekend, you may have been subject to some unusually long checkout lines and a sea of abandoned carts.
A nation-wide systems outage on Saturday that left cash registers down for two hours, as well as an unrelated issue with credit card readers not working in some stores on Sunday.
Let's just say that Target customers were none too pleased.
Well @CapitalOne racking up atm fees as @Target stores in #PHILLY are cash ONLY! Reimburse atm fees or naw?… https://t.co/0g9wQVCHq5— Antoine Johnson (@Antoine Johnson)1560715828.0
@Target Stores having issues again? Card readers down at my store, appreciated being told on the way in so I didn’t waste my time.— Lacey Rusch (@Lacey Rusch)1560715622.0
Target assured customers that the outage was an "internal technology issue" and was not not related to security. Wary Target customers may have had flashbacks to late 2013, when Target was the victim of a security breach in which the data of an estimated 40 million credit and debit cards were stolen.
In a statement to CNBC following the weekend's troubles, a Target spokesperson said:
"We know many guests had a frustrating shopping experience in our stores this weekend. For that, we are truly sorry. We never want to disappoint any guests and we're working tirelessly to ensure these issues don't happen again."
While irritating for many, some people were able to find the humor in the situation as the hashtag #targetdown began to trend.
All the registers at target stores across the WORLD are down right now.. #targetdown https://t.co/tvm0tzLefL— alex (@alex)1560624233.0
no one: Target registers: #targetdown https://t.co/0uGVrqIzVI— BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed)1560633177.0
I guess the Russians are serious now. They've figured out how to really bring Americans to their knees! #targetdown https://t.co/qfmAJ2MF29— Lisa K-B (@Lisa K-B)1560628404.0
This never happened under Obama #Targetdown https://t.co/k0ujSR1sGw— Carlos 📰 Bolaños 🇬🇹 (@Carlos 📰 Bolaños 🇬🇹)1560628310.0
Those poor Target employees...
Heh, all target registers nationwide are currently down and I’ve never been more grateful to no longer be a manager… https://t.co/i1aNcXghzl— Raquel Sidie-Wagner (@Raquel Sidie-Wagner)1560623643.0
Let’s pray for all the employees who have to put back all the abandoned carts all over the store right now.… https://t.co/Rd3NxDsjVJ— Lee (@Lee)1560627946.0
When you’re on break while all of Target’s registers are down #targetdown https://t.co/fGpebyPMhd— allie humenay (@allie humenay)1560625819.0
Walmart, a main competitor of Target, was a popular punchline.
Walmart be like... #targetdown https://t.co/H6RrlgNQwq— Daniel Hennessy (@Daniel Hennessy)1560622657.0
Systemwide computer failure at @target. If the lines get any longer they’re going to have to rename the store Walmart.— Randy Pitler (@Randy Pitler)1560622396.0
And of course everyone's favorite unofficial Target mascot made an appearance.
There’s only one person who can save Target right now #targetdown https://t.co/U9dGWNNkXc— Puma (@Puma)1560624250.0
But, if you're like a lot of Target shoppers who go into the store for shampoo and end up with a cart worth your entire paycheck, it was probably a blessing in disguise.
The first time someone walks out without spending $200 for a single bottle of Tide #targetdown https://t.co/EcETclVWbP— Brandon (@Brandon)1560633706.0
Narrator: and for the first time in her life, Erin walked out of @Target without spending $50. https://t.co/P3NI5NpUk5— Erin Maye Quade (@Erin Maye Quade)1560629332.0
Target shopper waiting for register shutdown to resolve: "I was just roaming around the store buying things." Every… https://t.co/9TeJVNrgic— Kevin Rector (@Kevin Rector)1560634939.0
I can’t be the only one who is kind of secretly relieved that I probably saved about $100 today by not being able t… https://t.co/UkesAl4upg— Dr. Petrified Tree Sap (@Dr. Petrified Tree Sap)1560626189.0
I think we just got out of @Target spending the least we ever have. Thank you #targetdown #targetoutage for curbing… https://t.co/1WN5BlPeOG— Mr Heaver (@Mr Heaver)1560623889.0
As of Monday the issues have been resolved, according to Target.
So you can now go about your regularly-schedule business of buying a bunch of stuff you don't need.
And hey, maybe you can finally get dad that Father's Day card for a heavy discount!