Woolworths hit with technical outage, checkouts unable to process sales

Woolworths hit with technical outage, checkouts unable to process sales

UPDATE 5PM: FRUSTRATED customers took to social media after being forced to abandon their groceries at Woolworths registers due to a national technical fault.

A national technical outage brought sales to a standstill at the busy Mackay city store this afternoon.

Registers shut down with stores unable to make sales shortly after 4pm, leaving consumers at Australia's largest supermarket chain with trolleys full of shopping - but no way to pay.

Social media posts showed shoppers banked up in stores with their trolleys, unable to move.

Trolleys abandoned at the Caneland Woolworths registers. Staff were very apologetic.

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

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

Staff working at one of the affected stores, at Sydney's Town Hall, earlier confirmed the outage meant customers forced to leave without their purchases.

"The registers are now back online at all our stores", Woolworths tweeted just after 4.52pm. "We apologise for the inconvenience this caused our customers".

SBS News has contacted Woolworths for comment.

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