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:
The time is 14:52. The global system at Target has been down for 40 minutes. People have divided into tribes: men hunting, women gathering. Insanity running rampant. Frappuccino supplies running low. Clearance sections decimated. Will humanity survive? #targetdown pic.twitter.com/5l8u4VxBZu
— stephanie anderson (@Steph_IRL) June 15, 2019
“And I looked and the angel of the lord broke the first scroll, and the hosts of heaven blew their trumpets, and first horse of the apocalypse shut down all the target registers nationwide.”
-Revelations 2:7 #Targetdown
— Blake MacKenzie (@BlakeMacKenzie) June 15, 2019
— Spencer Mattinson (@SMRedleader) June 15, 2019
— Max Powers (@MaxPowers44) June 15, 2019
— Stephanie Cano (@CStephanieM) June 15, 2019
Target also took to Twitter to acknowledge the situation as shoppers across the country reported the outages:
We’re aware that guests are currently unable to make purchases at Target stores. Our teams are troubleshooting now and we apologize for the inconvenience. We will provide an update as soon as possible.
— Target (@Target) June 15, 2019
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:
Just left target after patiently waiting for an hour or so. Every single person working there is amazing & I honestly feel for them. I just had to take the L. If you’re still there, please be patient with these guys. They are doing their best! #targetdown pic.twitter.com/yBcEYL4Jsx
— Elizabeth Matthews (@momof2boys79) June 15, 2019
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!