Friday, 20 April, 2018

Woolworths meltdown closes stores across Australia

WOOLWORTHS WIPEOUT: Supermarkets forced to close across the country as nationwide IT failure causes register Trading halted at Woolworths stores across Australia
Patty Aguilar | 16 April, 2018, 11:09

INITIAL: MAYHEM has erupted at Woolworths stores across the Mackay region as a national technical outage shuts down stores.

Frustrated customers took to social media to vent being forced to abandon their mission or line up with little indication of how long they will have to wait to pay for their shopping.

Staff at one of the affected stores at Sydney's Town Hall confirmed the outage meant customers were left with no choice but leave without purchases.

Social media posts indicate stores impacted locally include Walkerston and Caneland Central.

A security guard was also stationed at the closed doors to turn shoppers away.

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Others have been told to leave the stores.

A Woolworths spokeswoman told SBS News the temporary outage hit all its stores.

"The registers are now back online at all our stores", Woolworths tweeted just after 4.52pm.

"The registers are now coming back online in our stores. We apologise for any inconvenience caused".

The supermarket giant has taken to Twitter to confirm the IT issue has since been resolved.

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