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
Companies: apple


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    nospacesorspecialcharacters (profile), 21 Jun 2012 @ 11:44am

    I say they're not going far enough! Forget iPads, what about food and drink? Walmart, Wholefoods, etc... all sales clerks should be denying food and drink purchases to Iranians - in case they intend to send a box of Lucky Charms back to Iran. We can't have the Iranian government getting it's hands on our Lucky Charms!

    And what happens when an Iranian, or Iranian descendant walks into a store and doesn't speak farsi, and doesn't have an Iranian accent...?! how will the US be safe when Iranians don't announce they are Iranian when shopping?!

    I call on the US government to force all Iranians to wear armbands with a crescent moon on them. One way or another, fellow patriots, we will solve the Iranian problem!

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