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), 21 Jun 2012 @ 12:17am

    Is this just American xenophobia raising its ugly head again?

    Dress "Muslim" and get extra looks at security, and stares from people on the plane.
    Speak "Muslim" with your travel companions and get people to panic as they assume your talking about overthrowing the government or downing the plane.
    Say the same phrases as other people but look "Muslim" and suddenly everything is much more sinister.

    That being said, FTFA they admit they were buying the iPad to send to Iran. So they were just following the "law" and policy... but that starts to fall apart when you meet the other people denied purchase because they were speaking Farsi. People who said nothing about Iran but spoke a language and an employee made the decision they would refuse the sale because they might sneak it out of the country to Iran where it could be used to do all sorts of evil.
    I can support them when they hear about it being shipped to Iran, the Feds say no to that. But when they decide your the right color and speaking Farsi so no phone for you, we should have problems.

    Also WTF is it Apple's job to stop these things from being exported? Apple salespeople are now are front line of defense to keep Iranians from getting Apple products?

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