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Apple Store in Georgia refuses to sell Apple iPhone and Apple iPad to customer speaking Farsi

0. phoneArena posted on 19 Jun 2012, 23:02

Citing company policy, a 19 year woman in Alpharetta, Georgia was not allowed to buy an Apple iPhone and Apple iPad from a Georgia based Apple Store after she was heard speaking Farsi to her Uncle; the woman was told that bad relations between the U.S. and Iran prevented the store from selling her the devices...

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posted on 19 Jun 2012, 23:50 4

8. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

Meh. Does anyone responding know for sure that the iPhone and/or the iPad weren't going to end up in Iran? If the products ended up in Iran, the employee could be held criminally liable as an accessory to violation of the export control act. It is no secret that grey market iPhones and iPads have made their way to China right after the products start to ship in the U.S.. The difference between China and Iran as regards iPhones and iPads is that China is not on the list of embargoed countries.

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 23:56 9

11. biophone (Posts: 1994; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)

R u serious???

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 00:11 11

14. kajomaj (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)

Lmao, you're an idiot.

1) You could be American, or from any other country, and buy an iPhone or iPad and then sell it to people in Iran, China, or North Korea. If that girl was planning to do something like that and it was illegal, do you think they would actually speak Farsi in front of the Associate and say they're from Iran? Let's be a little smart here.

2) Most people from Iran that live here are here for a reason, like they can't be in Iran, or don't want to be in Iran. How would those people end up getting a product into Iran to sell? And really, selling ONE product? How much profit do you think you're going to make buying Apple products at the price they are here and then selling them in Iran... their economy is crap, it's not like the people there are living the life right now and buying all kinds of brand new technology.

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 11:54 1

51. thedarkside (Posts: 654; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)

you can sell a pair of levi jeans for quite a bit of cash in the middle east.

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 05:23

39. s.mrabet (Posts: 147; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

you are very dumb my friend!!!!! thats all i can say

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 23:58 9

13. jubbing (Posts: 150; Member since: 20 Aug 2008)

Get your crap together Apple, and fire that Employee for being stupid. It's like if someone spoke Arabic as well, because Syria and Sudan (I think) speak Arabic there. So therefore, if the employee thinks you're from Syria/Sudan, then they can't sell you an Apple product.

Most rubbish thing I've ever heard. And yes, it most certainly is racial profiling.

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 00:15 8

15. babak7712 (Posts: 4; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)

Hi there. I am from Iran. I love Apple products and use iPhone & iPad.
I dont care about our government policy either Iran or U.S .
I want to make a call from my iPhone and install apps from appstore for my daily life.
Iran & U.S political issues has no relation to me.
I am not responsible for the goverments and politicians.I am a citizen and human like you like every people that live in their own country.
This is not fair.
I hope that great Apple company change this wrong way.

Sincerely, Babak

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 02:06 1

28. jaafar2k (Posts: 17; Member since: 14 Oct 2011)

I agree with u babak

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 00:37 9

16. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

All right, let's calm the f**k down here. The employee is a s**thead. But he's a human. Despite our joking, Apple employees are not (yet) automatons with iChips installed in their heads. I've worked for a few companies, all with policies banning racist behavior, but which still (unknowingly) employed racist employees. Hell, I once worked at a car dealership where one salesman openly used the N word and another said that if his daughter ever dated a black guy he'd get together with his older brother and torture said black guy to death. When I questioned him on this stupidity he stormed away, declaring "No wonder the other guys hate you."

So, if the guy doesn't go through any disciplinary action whatsoever, fine, rip into Apple. But for now, let's keep the blame where it belongs: squarely on the idiot who opened his mouth.

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 00:39 2

17. skymitch89 (Posts: 1362; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)

That's just crap. They're not in Iran so that policy doesn't count. I could see if she wanted it shipped to Iran, but not when she wants to buy it and use it here in the US. I'm starting to like Apple less and less because of their business practices.

posted on 21 Jun 2012, 15:57 1

69. iami67 (Posts: 321; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

how do you know she didnt want to ship it there or that she lives there and is just visiting here. Maybe thats what they were talking about on the phone call. For all we know she was atempting to buy one to see if she can and if she got one she wouldve got more.

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 00:44 3

18. tremzee (Posts: 10; Member since: 21 May 2012)

I dont know why people are buying apple products after reading this story people should know how the apple policesies are .shame on you apple shame on you i wil never ever buy anything says made by apple .
F---k off apple and go for andriod

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 09:02

46. good2great (Posts: 1042; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)

shaking my head at your comment... this is not any fault on Apple...

and apple or anyone in here can care less about what product you buy...

you can clearly see by reading the story that this employee twisted the policy to be racist towards the customer...



posted on 20 Jun 2012, 01:15 1

19. valapsp (Posts: 561; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)

Countries relations shouldn't affect the people. Both Iranians and Americans love each other, This is not true just about the governments.

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 01:20 9

20. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)

Glad to see some reasonable comments. Obviously this isn't Apple's policy and it's just a dumb employee.

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 01:25 9

23. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

Although if Apple doesn't at least suspend the employee, it'll raise some interesting questions...

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 01:30 5

24. bvalde09 (Posts: 188; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)

I expect that the Manager from the Store will do something about this. I will raise hell if something like this happen to me. This is just racism and they guy should be sue

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 05:11 3

37. GENARAL-LEVY (banned) (Posts: 34; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)

1 customer was saved from being brainwashed and doomed
into Apple's world.... perhaps.

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 03:16 3

33. wendygarett (unregistered)

Of course is Apple fault... Main reason they dont sell is because they cant get commision and bonus from apple... eventhough apple is the richest company in the world... are you trying to say that foxconn's suicide case is totally employee fault too? Taco you must be a rich man that never understand the feelings as a labour :(

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 05:12 2

38. GENARAL-LEVY (banned) (Posts: 34; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)

With 3 green. And feeling happy!

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 01:20 4

21. android_hitman (unregistered)

just keep buying apple products .. you will see .. in 10 years it will them (apple) who will decide if you are worthy to buy a phone from them ...

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 01:32 4

25. RADIOME (Posts: 3; Member since: 17 May 2012)

I couldn't believe this was real when first reading it. Just in disbelief. How extremely presumptuous this associate's actions. A customer is in the United States and attempts to make a purchase for them to do whatever they choose to do with it. They could use it, gift it, even post YouTube videos of them destroying it while cursing Apple. It's their business, concern, and responsibility. Even IF the customer somehow exported it into a blacklisted country, how could/should that be of any concern and/or liability to an Apple store associate, nonetheless Apple? The customer should be credited with a free device for this unjust treatment. (if they were interested anymore)

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 09:04

47. good2great (Posts: 1042; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


posted on 20 Jun 2012, 01:45 2

26. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)

Can't blame Apple, their policy is "not to sell products to countries where trade is forbidden by a U.S. embargo" and not "not to sell products to people from countries where trade is forbidden by a U.S. embargo". Those are different things and the interpretation of the employee is where it went wrong.

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 02:01 3

27. B3BLW29 (Posts: 238; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)

This took Racism to whole new level... Forget fruit get Bot.

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 03:04 2

31. Stoli89 (Posts: 333; Member since: 28 Jun 2010)

I wonder how many more NEO-Conservatives they have working at Apple. Maybe it's anti-Iran policy was written by d**k Cheney's protege, Paul Wolfowitz, and edited by John Bolton?

Seriously, looks more like some overzealous employee with a personal agenda.

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 03:06 2

32. Stoli89 (Posts: 333; Member since: 28 Jun 2010)

Funny how this site automatically edits Cheney's first name to "d**k". Computers are so smart these days...too bad our US voter's haven't caught up...yet.

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 04:20 5

34. Mohamed_Abdulkareem (Posts: 45; Member since: 15 May 2012)

what a racism. what a shame. Steve Jobs himself was from a syrian origin. Apple must feel shame and apologize for the human being.

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 04:37 1

35. Mehdia (Posts: 23; Member since: 22 Apr 2012)


posted on 20 Jun 2012, 06:33 6

41. remixfa (Posts: 14604; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

just to play devils advocate.

the store has the right to refuse service to anyone..

thats all i got.

this employee is an idiot. he's not selling directly to iran or shipping to iran which would be illegal. he's selling to a person in his store. apple needs to stop calling their employees "geniuses" if they are this dumb.. seriously.

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