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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    Rikuo (profile), 21 Jun 2012 @ 9:20am

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    Just to point out to people, I'm not a USian nor have I ever been, so can someone clarify for me please: is there some sort of trade embargo going on between the US and Iran? If so, do checkout jockeys in the US have to ask their customers "Is this going to be used in Iran?" Because, having worked as a checkout jockey myself for a number of years, I've never had to do this. Surely the movement of trade restricted objects would be a matter best left to customs/border control/TSA.
    If my manager had come up to me and said "Alright lads, Ireland now doesn't sell to "Insert Random Country", because of an embargo. If someone you think comes from that country or you think is going there, refuse service to them", I'd have laughed at him/her.

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