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.

Filed Under: apple store, farsi, ipad, iphone, iranian-american, virginia
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  1. identicon
    Andrew D. Todd, 21 Jun 2012 @ 11:05am

    Re: Re: To Rikuo, #71,

    The Deep South is America's tragic region, in the same sense that Sicily is Italy's tragic region, or Andalusia or La Mancha would be Spain's tragic region, or perhaps Ulster, in the case of Ireland. The Deep South cannot forget that it lost the American Civil War in 1861-65. If you are an Irishman, I don't suppose you've read William Faulkner or Flannery O'Connor. There is a recent writer in this tradition, James Lee Burke, who is probably comparatively accessible for foreigners. Do you remember the William Butler Yeats poem in which the young man says that he cannot forgive Dermot and Dvorgilla for inviting Strongbow to Ireland, back in, what, the 1270's? That approximates the Southern Mind at work.

    Here is a famous poem which explains something of the probably mentality of the store clerk. The clerk probably chose, more or less at random, to find a Non-White to pick on, to express his self-hood. Nowadays, that usually does not mean attacking Blacks-- they have consolidated their position sufficiently to be able to protect themselves against that kind of thing. It is likely to mean attacking Hispanics, or Asian-Americans, or whatever.

    W.E.B. Du Bois, On Being Crazy

    http://mca.nmcougars.org/USH/CR/EarlyCR/WEBDuBois.html

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W._E ._B._Du_Bois

    Du Bois was a charter member of the first group of Black intellectuals after the Civil War. In contrast to his peer, Booker T. Washington, founder of Tuskegee Institute, Du Bois tended to focus on psychological grievances, ie. the condition of constantly being insulted.

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