by: Theresa Seiger, Cox Media Group National Content Desk
Starbucks fans nationwide took to social media Tuesday morning after an apparent software glitch left thousands of stores unable to process payments.
A sign posted outside a Starbucks in Covina, California, said a computer outage left employees unable to process customer transactions.
Outside a Starbucks in El Paso, Texas, a sign posted by employees said a “national outage” meant baristas could serve only a limited menu.
“You may need cash to pay today,” KFOX reporter Amy Licerio wrote in a tweet of the sign.
Some locations offered customers free drinks to make up for the problem.
It was not immediately clear how widespread the outage was, although CNBC reported that Starbucks locations across the U.S. and Canada appeared to be affected.