Jul 7 2012
Remember the story posted here about Apple refusing to sell a computer to an Iranian-American who wanted to send it to Iran?
I just found the exact same story about an Apple store in Australia refusing to sell a computer to an Iranian-Australian for the same reason, as dictated by U.S. policy on embargoes below. Even the conversations in the two videos are eerily similar. I smell a rat.
ORIGINAL STORY From June 21st: CAIR thugs demand Apple sell computers to Iranians who plan to send them to Iran even though Official U.S. policy on Iran prohibits sale or exportation of goods to Iran from the U.S.
Litigation jihadists from The Council on ANTI-American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today called on Apple to change its policy following reports of Farsi-speaking customers being denied service.
AJC Sahar Sabet, an Iranian-American student, said an Apple Store employee Alpharetta, GA refused to sell her an iPad on after hearing that she would be sending it to her cousin in Iran. The stores manager said, ‘I just can’t sell this to you. Our countries have bad relations,’ ” Sabet told Channel 2.
A manager at the mall later showed Channel 2 Apple’s policy, which states that the exportation, sale or supply from the U.S. to Iran of any Apple goods is strictly prohibited without the U.S. government’s authorization. A State Department representative also told Channel 2 that it is illegal to travel to Iran with laptops or satellite cellphones without U.S. approval.
“I feel like this is a bit of racial profiling against Iranians and I’m appalled,” Zack Jafarzadeh, who is from Virginia, told the TV station. He said he was denied service at the Apple Store in Perimeter Mall while trying to help a friend buy an iPhone. He said his friend is from Iran and is studying in the Atlanta area on a visa.
NEW STORY From July 7th: Apple Australia accused of discrimination against Iranian-Australians
Press TV Mahsa is an Australian citizen of Iranian descent and was planning on visiting Iran on holiday. She says she felt embarrassed and surprised by her treatment. Press TV went back to the same store with Mahsa to make another transaction. Initially the staff said there wouldn’t be a problem as long as the Iranian phone network was compatible, but after further enquiries another staff member contradicted that, stating:
This wasn’t the first time a customer at the store was refused buying an Apple product due to their travel destination. However this time Apple store staff assured this had nothing to do with the customer’s background. This is while reports of other Iranians being denied an Apple product have emerged in Sydney based on their background.
The reported acts of racial profiling by Apple in the US has raised concerns from Iranian communities and human rights groups, and in Australia where sanctions don’t apply to personal electronics, the question comes as to whether Apple is trying to supersede Australian law over US policy due to the ambiguous nature of the US sanctions.