A 19-year-old woman in Alpharetta, Georgia told WSB-TV that her local Apple store refused to sell her anything after she was heard speaking Farsi with her uncle.
In order to whitewash the racially motivated move, the store employee told Sahar Sabet, a US citizen, that the company had banned the sale of their products to countries the US holds embargos against.
“The US holds complete embargoes against Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria,” Apple says on its website.
Apple is wildly notorious for advocating racism as a main part of its policies and the recent move can be interpreted as an instance of the company’s exercising racism.
“The exportation, reexportation, sale or supply, directly or indirectly, from the United States, or by a US 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 US Government.”
Another customer from Virginia experienced the same treatment when he was trying to help an Iranian friend buy an iPhone, Huffington Post reported.
The policy, however, does not seem to be consistent.
Sabet said a person at Apple corporate customer relations told her she could buy any item she wanted online after apologizing to her for what had happened at the store.
This is not the first time the tech heavyweight has been criticized for its discriminatory policies.
In May 2011, two African-American men dragged the company into the court alleging of racial discrimination against them at an Apple Store in Manhattan.
The duo filed a federal law suit against Apple after a Caucasian Apple employee allegedly asked them to leave the store only because of their skin color.
The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) has slammed Apple for racial profiling of Farsi-speaking customers and discriminatory policies adopted against them.
“The Iranian-American community is deeply concerned and outraged that Apple employees at different Apple Stores have repeatedly refused to sell products to customers solely on the basis of their Persian ethnicity,” reads an NIAC open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook