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Woolworths meltdown closes stores across Australia

Woolworths meltdown closes stores across Australia

Pictures taken from stores in Sydney and Melbourne show customers waiting at registers with trolleys full of food and groups of abandoned carts.

Shoppers began reporting on social media about 4.15pm that they'd been told an IT issue was affecting cash registers.

Woolworths has not yet confirmed the exact cause of the problems.

Trolleys abandoned at the Caneland Woolworths registers. Staff said every register in every store nation wide has shut down.

Others have been told to leave the stores. "We were all queued up at the checkout and we were told to leave due to a power outage and I just spent an hour doing my groceries", she said.

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

A nationwide technical glitch forced Woolworths to halt trading this afternoon, with shutters coming down on stores across Australia.

A national technical outage brought sales to a standstill at the busy Mackay city store this afternoon.

Woolworths stores across the country have had to shut down registers and are unable to make sales.


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