An Alpharetta, GA student and one of her relatives claim that their local Apple Store refused to sell them the device after the clerk heard them speaking in Farsi – the native language of Iran.
Apple Store refuses student iPhone after caught speaking in Farsi
One was trying to buy an iPad, the other an iPhone. When they were heard speaking the foreign language, they said the sales representative refused to sell them anything.
“Very hurtful, very embarrassing. I actually walked out in tears,” says 19-year-old Sahar Sabet. Sahar is a US citizen and like many other women her age, is inseparable from her iPhone.
“When we said ‘Farsi, I’m from Iran,’ he said, ‘I just can’t sell this to you. Our countries have bad relations,'” Sabet claims.
Channel 2’s Amy Napier Viteri accompanied Sabet to the North Point Apple Store on Monday, where they obtained iPhone video of the same clerk stating the policy; that Apple will not sell goods to anyone from Iran.
A store manager showed Viteri Apple’s policy. The policy says that the exportation, sale or supply of any Apple products from the US to Iran is strictly prohibited without authorization by the U.S. government. The manager also told Viteri that they have to rely on the honesty of customers.
“Discrimination. Racially profiled. He didn’t have any business asking me what country I was from,” said Sabet.