“We’ve identified a checkout issue at select stores,” the retailer Tweeted on Sunday night. “The issue is not related to security & is being resolved. We apologize to those impacted.”
Target shoppers from coast to coast posted complaints about delays and photos of crowded stores on Sunday:
The company said late Sunday night the problem — which it has still not described in detail — has been cleared up.
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that shoppers at some stores were being placated with freebies, like cookies, bottled water, popcorn, and stuff from Starbucks while they waited.
As anyone who wasn’t in a coma during the holiday season knows, Target was the subject of a massive data breach that compromised personal information — including credit and debit card numbers — for more than 100 million shoppers at the store’s retail locations. The hackers in that mass theft had been able to access the Target in-store payment system, so the retailer had to get out in front of this story and explain that this was not a repeat attempt or after-effect.
Target says glitch at registers across U.S. not hacker-related [StarTribune.com]
Glitch backs up checkout lines at Target stores [SFgate.com]