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
    Anonymous Coward, 21 Jun 2012 @ 6:05am

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    Alright, people jumping at this guy need to chill. ITAR is very important because the US government will bash your head in.

    The employee in the story is at best stupid and most likely racist. But if he had asked "is this going out of the country?" and the guy said "No, I'm using it in the USA you dumb ****" then the Apple employee has done more than enough regarding ITAR since he has no other capabilities to perform this rather meaningless part of the job.

    If a government auditor decided to test the said employee and clearly state "I plan to give this to my friend who lives in Iran" while buying the phone and the employee sold it anyways, Apple could suffer greatly. On paper anyways. Doubtful they would care much about individual stores.

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