Race

Apple Store Refuses to Sell Products to Iranian-Americans

| by Michael Allen

In Alpharetta, Georgia, Sahar Sabet and her uncle were speaking with one another in Farsi in an Apple Store when a sales representative approached them and said that the store couldn’t sell them any products because Apple’s corporate policy prohibits the sale of any goods to Iran without authorization by the US government.

According to WSB-TV, Sabet, who is a U.S. citizen, left the store and called Apple’s customer relations, where an employee reportedly apologized and advised her that she could buy the device online.

Amazingly, this is not the first incident of Iranian discrimination involving an Apple Store.

Zack Jafarzadeh, another Iranian American, spoke with WSB-TV about a similar instance at a different Apple store, where he wasn’t allowed to purchase an iPhone with a friend after a clerk overheard him speaking in Farsi.

In 2010, New York’s then-Attorney General Andrew Cuomo opened an investigation into several claims that New York City’s Apple Stores were discriminating against Asian customers.