Asda, Sainsbury's, McDonald's shoppers who pay with Visa debit card 'warned'

Shoppers have been left fuming after card payments went down across the UK – with chains including McDonald’s and Asda and Sainsbury's affected. According to DownDetector, more than 600 people are reporting problems with the card provider Visa this morning.

A Visa spokesperson confirmed it was aware cardholders are experiencing issues when making payments." "While Visa’s systems are operating normally, we are working with our partners to investigate," they added in a statement today.

Reports of problems with Mastercard are also climbing on Downdetector, with around 130 reports so far. Taking to social media on Thursday (July 11), a shopper fumed: "Card machines in stores seem to be down across the United Kingdom I'm hearing reports of similar in France too."

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Another added: "Huge issues with card payments in Asda and ATMs in my area seems to be countrywide, with long queues, machines not working, card declined." A third wrote: "Just did a whole shop in Asda and got to the till and told card payments aren’t working across supermarkets/shops in the UK."

A Sainsbury's shopper added: "Good thing I had cash on me this morning, Sainsbury’s card machines are down, again." In one Sainsbury's store the retailer has erected a sign saying: "Cash only. We apologise, we're currently unable to take payments on Argos cards, contactless and mobile devices.

"We're working to resolve this issue. Please pay using cash or SmartShop app." And another sniped: "Oh dear it appears card payments are down in multiple businesses today. McDonald’s, M&S and Tesco reporting card failure this morning."

Responding to complaints, an Asda spokesperson said: "Thanks for sharing. I am sorry to hear this I think there has been a problem nationally not just Asda this morning processing card payments- apologies for any inconvenience caused- thanks."

"Huge issues with card payments in @asda and ATMs in my area seems to be countrywide, with long queues, machines not working, card declined," another said.