Apple Store Refuses To Sell To American Citizens Speaking Farsi In Case They Might Send iPhone To Iran

from the policy-is-policy dept

This is just bizarre. Apparently, an Iranian-born American citizen who was speaking Farsi was denied the ability to buy an iPad and an iPhone because store employees cited an Apple policy barring the export of Apple products to Iran.
Jafarzadeh, who is from Virginia, said no one asked him where the phone was going. The employee only questioned his ethnicity.

"I feel like this is a bit of racial profiling against Iranians and I'm appalled," Jafarzadeh said.
It certainly sounds like Apple might want to train some of its employees a bit better in understanding what "export" means. And maybe Apple employees should also be made aware of the fact that American citizens can speak Farsi.


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    That Anonymous Coward (profile), Jun 21st, 2012 @ 2:02am

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    stop... breathe....now another breath....

    There is a Federal Law blocking certain things from going to Iran, while 1 of the 2 cases in the linked story actually involved that law it seems the people were picked out for their nationality is.

    2 separate issues, and it could just be a douchey apple employee.

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