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 @ 3:40am

    Re: Sanctions Aren't Discrimination

    Its way more annoying when bigots fall behind "religious freedom" when they are called out on their behavior and don't get their way.

    Both of the people in the story are US Citizens, who happen to be of Iranian decent.

    Spending the 5 minutes to actually read the comments here before you wound yourself into a tizzy would show that there is a discussion that is not solely focused on race, but raises questions if employee(s) of an Apple store are making decisions based on what they assume and using a law to justify being a racist douche.

    You should be more worried than you are as whites are becoming the minority in the US, and you might find yourself trying to play the racism card when things don't go your way.

    Thanks for the morning troll, now hush... the grownups are talking.

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