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.
More than 20 shoppers were reportedly turned away by the security guard.
A Daily Mercury reporter at the scene said services had just been restored and customers were once again flowing through the registers.
"Everyone was walking out of the store empty handed".
Registers have shut down with stores unable to make sales. "We were all offered a box of chocolates". The registers are now back online in all our stores. But no.you throw everyone out on school holidays with nothing for dinner.
Woolworths Group CEO Brad Banducci said in a statement the outage lasted about 30 minutes.
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Staff working at one of the affected stores, at Sydney's Town Hall, earlier confirmed the outage meant customers forced to leave without their purchases.
"We apologise for the inconvenience this caused our customers", the spokesperson said.
It's unclear how wide-spread the issue was, though by social media it's clear that Victoria, NSW and Queensland were affected.
An IT glitch has hit about half Woolworth's 995 supermarkets in Australia.