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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    Anonymous Coward, 27 Jun 2012 @ 9:59am

    For you techdirts mouth breathers, who will spill stupidity out of yur mouth, but wont even be bothered to read the article, highlighted below, they are following the LAW, it doesn't matter is they can get it from china, it matters that we didn't provide it.

    An Alpharetta woman and one of her friends say the Apple Store turned them away after they heard them speaking Farsi.

    One was trying to buy an iPad, the other an iPhone. When they were heard speaking the foreign language, they said the sales representative refused to sell them anything.

    Apple says it's simply following U.S. policy.

    "Very hurtful, very embarrassing. I actually walked out in tears," Sahar Sabet said about the experience.

    Sabet is a U.S. citizen. Like most 19-year-olds, the University of Georgia student is never far from her iPhone.

    So she was surprised Thursday when an employee at the Apple Store inside North Pointe Mall in Alpharetta refused to sell an iPad to her and her uncle after overhearing them speaking Farsi. The iPad was to be a gift for her cousin who lives in Iran. That is illegal

    "When we said 'Farsi, I'm from Iran,' he said, 'I just can't sell this to you. Our countries have bad relations,'" Sabet said.

    "I would say if you're trying to buy an iPhone, don't tell them anything about Iran. That would be your best bet," said Zack Jafarzadeh, who had a similar experience at the Apple Store in Perimeter Mall.

    Jafarzadeh said he was helping a friend buy an iPhone.
    That friend was from Iran, living and studying in the Atlanta area on a visa.

    "We never talked about him going back to Iran or anything like that. He was just speaking full-fledged Farsi and the representative came back and denied our sale," Jafarzadeh said.


    If he is here on a visa, you must assume, he will go home with that iphone

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