VISA has been hit by a “service disruption” which is blocking payments across Europe – with one frustrated customer comparing it to “the apocalypse”. Others described scenes of “bedlam” in supermarkets.
Paymentsense, an organisation which offers card facilities to small and medium-sized companies, confirmed the issue was affecting businesses across the UK. They Tweeted: “There is currently a disruption of service in taking payments from Visa. It is affecting all payment providers across the UK and Ireland..
The outage has badly disrupted families spending half-term on holiday abroad. One Twitter user said: “On holiday in Sicily. Car hire has messed up and #visadown means card declined for trains. “We owe our hosts €350 and need to get to Palermo from Taormina for flights.”
People can’t get home from work – and they can’t drown their sorrows either..
“These included London cab drivers who said they could not accept passenger payments, rail passengers unable to pay for their journey and “embarrassed” shoppers whose cards were declined at the till.
Those heading for drinks after work were also left disappointed, with pubs including Southampton’s Guide Dog and London’s Temple Brew House warning just before the evening rush that card payments might not work…”