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 @ 1:59am

    Re: citizenship

    if they ask you where you were born and you were born in Iran, you say Iran. The 2 main people in the story are Iranian born American Citizens.

    Apple sells hundreds of items online via their own website and other retailers, I've never seen a confirmation box pop up asking if you plan to ship it to Iran or another restricted country.

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