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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    Andrew D. Todd, 21 Jun 2012 @ 1:10pm

    The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same.

    A further note: It seems, per the Council on American-Islamic Relations statement, that Apple privately contacted one of these people, seeking to defuse the situation. They told the aggrieved Iranian-American that she could buy an IPad or whatever, on-line. That is an old, recurrent pattern of the Segregation-Time in the South. For example, a hotel might offer a Black guest room service in order to keep him out of a public dining room. Out of sight, out of mind. The same applied to railroads and their dining cars. If one takes the University of Mississippi desegregation case, the State of Mississippi tried to buy off James Meredith with a scholarship he could use out-of-state. The White power structure was covertly offering economic justice, but not "justice of esteem." What the power structure was concerned about was the reaction of the White man at the bottom, who already knew he wasn't much in terms of the White Power structure, but who could console himself with the belief that at least he was axiomatically better than any Black. With desegregation, that kind of person's world came tumbling down. The kind of person for whom an IPad matters a lot is _not_ the kind of person who has had various kinds of computers over the last thirty years.

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