Woolworths turning customers away following IT outage

Woolworths hit with technical outage, checkouts unable to process sales

At Haymarket, in Sydney, staff shut the store and were turning people away, telling them to "come back in about an hour".

Shortly after 4pm, the issue began affecting all registers across the country.

A nationwide technical outage has left Woolworths supermarkets around the country unable to process any sales, with some closing their doors until the problem is resolved.

Stores temporarily closed in response to the outage.

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

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

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Registers have shut down with stores unable to make sales.

Woolworths has close to 1000 stores in Australia, though it's not known how many stores were affected. "This was related to an update to our IT systems", Mr Banducci said.

Woolworths eventually confirmed the outage, apologising for the inconvenience via Twitter.

"The registers are now coming back online in our stores".

SBS News has contacted Woolworths for comment.

Woolworths has been approached by News Corp Australia for more details about how the technical glitch occurred and if shoppers will be compensated any further.

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