I smell trouble for Apple store in Alpharetta, Georgia which was the latest Apple Store who refuse to sell customers their products because they were from Iran, the last victim is Sahar Sabet.
Nineteen-year-old Sahar Sabet from Alpharetta, Georgia was waiting in line with her uncle and they were speaking Farsi but when their turn came to pay for the IPad and IPhone Sahar anted to purchased she was turned down by the Apple Store employee, because Iran and the United States were in conflict and is against the company’s policy to sell of their products to countries with which trade is prohibited by U.S. embargo. You can read about that policy on the Apple website here, but you can also check it below.
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.
ENHANCED PROLIFERATION CONTROL INITIATIVE (EPCI)
It is prohibited to allow certain countries to use Apple products in the design, development, production or use of nuclear, missiles, and chemical and biological weapons and technology without proper authorization from the U.S. Government. This applies to all countries, EXCEPT Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy (includes San Marino and Holy See), Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, and United Kingdom.
Sahar Sabet’s family comes from Tehran, Iran.. as far as I understand she is an American citizen residing in Georgia, she studied at Centennial High School in Roswell, Georgia graduated last year and is currently enrolled at the University of Georgia.
On Thursday Ms. Sabet was at the Apple Store located at North Point Mall where she was planning to buy her cousin an IPad, her cousin lives in Iran, but that was impossible.
Poor Sahar walked out the store in tears..
When we said ‘Farsi, I’m from Iran,’ he said, ‘I just can’t sell this to you. Our countries have bad relations, “Very hurtful, very embarrassing. I actually walked out in tears,
CAIR The Council on American- Islamic relation is asking apple to change their policy, you can read about that here.
Do you think Is was OK for Apple to refuse to sell their products to people from the countries listed above? Do you consider it was racial discriminatory treatment? Do you think Apple should change their policy?