It's the busiest time of the day for Woolworths, but stores around the country shut their doors on Monday afternoon after a nationwide technical issue completely halted sales.
Customers took to social media to report the issue, revealing that they had been forced to abandon their shopping.
A Daily Mercury reporter at the scene said services had just been restored and customers were once again flowing through the registers.
SBS journalist Lydia Feng said she was shopping at a Woolworths in Balmain, in Sydney's inner west, when the registers went down.
Numerous customers shared images on social media of long queues after cash registers went offline.
Signs were put up at a number of Woolworths stores apologising for the problem.
"Shoppers have been told to leave groceries in baskets in the aisle", one customer from Brisbane wrote on Twitter.
Stores temporarily closed in response to the outage.
Shoppers have taken to Facebook across Australia to complain about the outage, accusing the supermarket chain of "ruining dinner plans". "We apologise for any inconvenience caused".
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