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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    That Anonymous Coward (profile), 25 Jun 2012 @ 5:25am

    Re: Dumb apple employee

    See I was coming back to the story because I just learned that fact.
    The problem is the woman who wanted to purchase the iPad was totally upfront with the news people that she was going to break the law and ship the iPad to Iran, so it is very possible he heard her planning to break the law and refused the sale.

    The law might be stupid, Apple's take on it might be stupid, but this was an employee doing the job not an evil racist plot.

    http://apple.slashdot.org/story/12/06/24/2056214/georgia-apple-store-refuses-to-sell-ipad-t o-iranian-american-teen

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