It’s a sure sign of the Apocolypse: Target is DOWN.

A widespread system outage affected untold thousands of cash registers in Target stores across the nation on a busy Saturday afternoon, leaving shoppers with cartloads of patio accessories, Hearth & Hand goodies, and the toilet paper and dish soap they actually went in to get stranded in the checkout line with nowhere to go. 

As it does in situations like these, Twitter has come to the quick rescue.

The hashtags #targetdown and #targetapocolypse started trending Saturday afternoon and the tweets are wryly befitting of the first-world problem that is a nation temporarily without access to Target runs: 


Target also took to Twitter to acknowledge the situation as shoppers across the country reported the outages: 

By mid-afternoon, reports trickled in that some registers were slowly coming back online, and shoppers who stuck out the delay shared the good news and some praise for patient Target employees: 

Here’s hoping you have your Father’s Day shopping done and everything is back online soon . . . or at least the Twitter reactions remain entertaining! 

Carolyn Moore

Carolyn traded a career in local TV news for a gig as a stay-at-home mom, where the days are just as busy and the pay is only slightly worse. She lives in flyover country with her husband and four young kids, and occasionally writes about raising them at Assignment Mom