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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. icon
    Niall (profile), 21 Jun 2012 @ 6:33am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: ITARded

    Yes, we very very carefully destroyed their deuterium extraction plants in Norway, and we did a pretty good number on their industrial capacity. Just to be sure, we invaded them as well.

    That was in the middle of an all-out war though. I'm sure export controls like this totally stop anyone going out and buying/reverse engineering these. Totally.

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