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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  1. identicon
    Rich Kulawiec, 21 Jun 2012 @ 5:16am

    Re: Re:

    ITAR is taken VERY SERIOUSLY.

    Only by appallingly ignorant morons.

    For example: let's suppose that the evil wicked mean nasty terrorist bogeymen (I mean the real ones, not the ones created by the FBI as a substitute for doing sound police work) want to get their hands on a case of iPhone and iPads because they too want to be locked into Apple's increasingly-proprietary and unmaintainable and overpriced products.

    Does anyone really think that they can't make that happen? REALLY? Do you REALLY think that people who are putatively smart enough to construct elaborate conspiracies and execute complex plots can't figure out how to shop Walmart or Craigslist or eBay and come up with as many as they want?

    Pretending that widespread technology will somehow magically be confined to a limited space via regulatory fiat is stupid on a grand scale.

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