Starbucks free coffee giveaway a computer glitch

Coffee lovers were having a field day after a computer glitch hit Starbucks, allowing those in the United States and Canada to get free coffee.

Here are some of the tweets from very pleased customers.

Starbucks spokesman Jim Olson told CNNMoney:

Yes it is true. The point of sale cash registers are down in the U.S. and Canada. It is not a hack. It happened during a typical daily menu refresh on the system. Something went wrong and they are working as quickly as possible to get them up."

After the initial outage, some of the stores have gone on to accept only cash while others closed shop temporarily.

Here is the latest update from Starbucks US:

We are aware of the point of sale register outage at company-operated Starbucks stores in the U.S. and Canada. We are actively working to resolve the outage and our stores will remain open and continue to serve our customers.

The outage was caused by a failure during a daily system refresh.

We apologize to our customers for any inconvenience or confusion and will update this statement once systems are back online. This outage also affects our Evolution Fresh and Teavana stores."

The free Frappuccino and Latte did not extend to coffee lovers in the Philippines as the computer glitch doesn't seem to affect stores in the country and other parts of the world.

Filipinos would have enjoyed free coffee from Starbucks if local stores experienced the outage.