Shutters Come Down On Woolworths Across Australia After Nationwide Glitch

A nationwide technical outage has shut down Woolworths registers forcing stores to close their doors

A nationwide technical outage has shut down Woolworths registers forcing stores to close their doors

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

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

"They've told everyone just to leave their food and leave the store".

"Registers are offline so customers are standing in queues with baskets of food that they can't buy", she said.

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

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

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"We can confirm that an IT issue impacted registers at around half our supermarkets nationwide for a short period of time this afternoon", she said.

Woolworth's haven't made a statement yet, but they are replying to tweets explaining that registers "are now back online in all of our stores".

Shoppers have taken to Facebook across Australia to complain about the outage, accusing the supermarket chain of "ruining dinner plans".

"The registers are now back online in all our stores", the company said.

The ABC reached out to Woolworths for comment.

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