Woolworths hit by nationwide technical outage

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"We apologise for the inconvenience this caused our customers", the spokesperson said.

A NATIONAL technical outage halted trading at Woolworths stores, causing chaos for shoppers as their trolleys bank up and some stores temporarily closed.

Customers were asked to leave many stores after the registers failed to function.

The day after an IT crash forced Woolworths stores around Australia to close, Adelaide Techguy Richard Pascoe says the supermarket giant needs to reassure customers.

"Everyone was walking out of the store empty-handed".

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But the men had simply been waiting for a friend to show up when they were handcuffed and taken in by police. But why? What were they doing that necessitated that they leave? "That's absolutely discrimination", Mr.

"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. "We were all offered a box of chocolates".

SBS journalist Lydia Feng said she was shopping at a Woolworths in Balmain, in Sydney's inner west, when the registers went down about 4.15pm on Monday.

Shoppers took to Facebook across Australia to complain about the outage and accused the supermarket chain of "ruining dinner plans". Good customer service would have been to let everyone now in the store have their trolley load for free.

The ABC reached out to Woolworths for comment.

Woolworths has apologised "unreservedly" for a technical glitch which left shoppers across Australia stranded.