Woolworths shoppers forced to abandon trolleys amid IT glitch

Shoppers have been left in a spin, after an IT glitch forced Woolworths stores across Australia to close their doors.

People have complained of being forced to abandon their trolleys full of the weekly shop and told to come back in 15-minutes, only to return to find their trolleys gone.

The technical issue shut down registers and meant payments could not be processed


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The supermarket giant issued a statement confirming “an IT issue impacted registers at around half (of their) supermarkets nationwide”.

Woolworths claims it was only “for a short period of time” and that registers were back online by 5pm.

Some customers took to the company’s Facebook page or Twitter to express their outrage at having to go through the hour-long family shop again after their trolley was taken away.

While others were happy to have been given their groceries for free.

Others saw the humour in the “first world problem”.

Since graduating from University in 2003, Rachel has worked in radio in a variety of roles including announcer, journalist and copywriter. The crazy world of radio has taken her from her hometown of Toowoomba to Wollongong, Sydney, Brisbane and finally the Gold Coast when in 2009 she started writing and presenting news with Hot Tomato and myGC.com.au. “In 2014 I took a step back from full-time duties to become a stay at home mum and now cover the weekend news and whatever else may be needed from time to time. I keep my ‘presenting voice’ active during the week when reading children’s books and attempting to do various accents (to little success).”

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Gregory Opera
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Well, this is what happens when you use Microsoft Windows-based operating systems… Meanwhile, most tech and telecommunications companies use Linux-based operating systems “behind the scenes”.