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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    ookboo, 21 Jun 2012 @ 8:11am

    birds of a feather

    In working retail I've seen this play out before. If the first person walks in and says "I'm shipping this to Iran to my cousin", is denied the sale, then an hour later someone comes in asking for the same thing, but is similarly dressed/speaking the same language/dialect, it is in the spirit of the law for that sales person to deny the sale as the second person is likely attempting to complete the purchase the first person was denied. Too many unknowns to say the sales person is stupid. It's likely he was a new hire and just completed training (or retraining) on the rules of war at Apple.

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