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Apple store refuses to sell iPad to Iranian woman

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Sahar Sabet, a 19-year-old Iranian woman from Georgia has claimed that her local Apple store refused to sell her any products after she was heard speaking Farsi. The Apple employee (shown in the picture above) from the North Pointe Mall in Alpharetta stated that he couldn’t sell her any products as the US and Iran have “bad relations.”

According to the report, the Apple employee was simply following company policy.

PROHIBITED DESTINATIONS The U.S. holds complete embargoes against Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria

The exportation, reexportation, sale or supply, directly or indirectly, from the United States, or by a U.S. person wherever located, of any Apple goods, software, technology (including technical data), or services to any of these countries is strictly prohibited without prior authorization by the U.S. Government. This prohibition also applies to any Apple owned subsidiary or any subsidiary employee worldwide.

As it turns out, Zach Jafarzadeh of Virginia has dealt with a similar situation when he was trying to purchase an iPhone for his friend in Iran. So we’ve got Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria on the no-no list. What Apple calls company policy, some might call racism. Chris Morran over at The Consumerist eloquently pointed out the absurdity of these situations.

[The] 19-year-old woman is a U.S. citizen living in the country, who just happens to also speak the language spoken in a country that is the subject of a trade embargo. This would be like the Apple store refusing to sell to anyone who speaks Spanish because they might have defected from Cuba. And are Apple employees asking every Korean customer whether they were born in North or South Korea?

Sabet later received an apology from Apple customer service and was told to purchase the iPad online.

Via [Huffington Post]

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