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Yesterday's Visa system failure got Twitter thinking about The Handmaid's Tale

Just sayin’ is all.

YESTERDAY, A HARDWARE failure in Visa’s payment system meant customers across Europe were unable to use their cards to make a payment.

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Queues formed at countless ATMs as customers sought to withdraw money after their cards were declined at points of sale.

Visa acknowledged the matter yesterday evening, and assured the public they were investigating the matter.

We are currently experiencing a service disruption which is preventing some Visa transactions in Europe from being processed. We are investigating the cause and working as quickly as possible to resolve the situation. We will keep you updated.


As of today, the issue has been resolved, with Visa stating that they do not believe the failure was due to a cyber attack.

Visa Europe’s payment system is now operating at full capacity, and Visa account holders can now use Visa for any of their purchases and at ATMs, as they normally would. We have no reason to believe this was associated with any unauthorised access or malicious event.

And sure while it’s all grand now, yesterday people were starting to get, you know, a little edgy.

And that makes for some pretty great Twitter content, especially as The Handmaid’s Tale is still fresh in everybody’s minds.

Take a look at this…

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