Apple Store in the US denies sale to customer of Iranian heritage
| by Padmini Harchandrai |
Imagine walking into an Apple Store, ready to buy an iPhone or an iPad and then turned away because of a language that you speak (other than English). In Alpharetta, a town in the state of Georgia in the United States, a US citizen of Iranian heritage, named Sarah Sabet was denied a sale of an iPad and iPhone that she was ready to buy. According to Mashable, Sabet was a student at the University of Georgia and had walked into the Apple Store which was in a local mall with a friend. Sabet was speaking with her friend in Farsi, and when the Apple Store employees overheard them talking, the employees asked Sabet and her friend which language they were coversing in. They then asked Sabet and her friend where they were from and where the devices would be going. Sabet replied saying that the iPad was a gift for a friend in Iran which led to the Apple Store employees denying her the sale.
The Apple Store from which Sabet got turned away
The Council on American-Islamic Relations has called the Apple Store's treatment of Sabet discriminatory. They released a statement saying, "Apple must revise its policies to ensure that customers do not face discriminatory treatment based on their religion, ethnicity or national origin. If the actions of these Apple employees reflected company policy, that policy must be changed and all employees retrained." Sabet herself said that the situation was very hurtful. What do you think? Was Apple right in turning away Sabet? Or was it an act of discrimination? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.
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