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Starbucks is giving away free coffee after its payment system crashed

Business Insider logo Business Insider 5/17/2017 Kate Taylor

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Starbucks' payment system is currently experiencing outages across the U.S. and the coffee giant is giving away free drinks at locations affected by the outage.

Twitter was flooded Tuesday morning with people reporting that their local Starbucks' payment systems were down, CNBC first reported. 

Many customers are celebrating the news. Instead of turning people away, Starbucks locations have been giving out free drinks.

Starbucks did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment.

According to a Reddit post on the topic, Starbucks has released a fix that will get point of sales systems running again at impacted locations, so free drinks may be ending soon. 

This isn't the first time in recent months that Starbucks has struggled with its payments technology.

BuzzFeed and Fortune have reported on concerns about the security of the chain's app, which lacks two-factor authentication -- a standard security feature that has become the norm for payments systems.

BuzzFeed's Venessa Wong reported in early May that someone hacked her app and stole $100 from her account. 


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