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
    Mason Wheeler, 21 Jun 2012 @ 10:52am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: ITARded

    Umm... an American *did* invent television. His name was Philo Farnsworth, and he was raised on a farm in Idaho. A bunch of people from other places had tried to create a similar device, but they all failed.

    Farnsworth got the inspiration for how to make the image display properly from ploughing fields, and the basic concept he invented based on it (a grid of pixels) is still the fundamental principle behind all image display devices today.

    Next?

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