Target's payment systems suffered a brief outage on Tuesday

It's the third time in the past few months that this has happened.
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Shoppers were temporarily unable to pay for their goods at Target on Tuesday, as the retailer suffered its third systems outage in the past few months.

Payments were unable to be taken in stores and on Target.com briefly on Tuesday afternoon, with the retailer saying its technology teams began to remedy the problem "within an hour."

"As the result of a payment processing issue, some Target guests were temporarily unable to make purchases at Target stores and at Target.com,” the Minneapolis retailer said in a statement.

"This was not a security-related issue. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate our guests’ patience," it added.

The systems glitch was not as long as that experienced on June 15, when payment systems were down for around three hours, causing chaos at stores nationwide.

More problems were reported the following day, CNBC reports, when customers were unable to use card readers.

Nonetheless, there were similar scenes in some stores on Tuesday, with customers abandoning carts when they found themselves at the register without a means to pay.

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