Iranian-American woman says Apple refused to sell her an iPad


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19-year-old Sahar Sabet says an Apple Store in Georgia refused to sell her an iPad after a store representative overheard her speaking in Farsi.

“Very hurtful, very embarrassing. I actually walked out in tears,” Sabet told WSBTV about her experience.

When a reporter from the station returned to the same Apple Store with Sabet, the employee once again reiterated that it is Apple company policy to not sell products to anyone from Iran. The WSBTV reporter recorded video of the exchange on her phone.

Sabet is a U.S. citizen and a student at the University of Georgia but the iPad was to be a gift for a cousin living in Iran.

“When we said ‘Farsi, I’m from Iran,’ he said, ‘I just can’t sell this to you. Our countries have bad relations,'” Sabet said.

The employee showed them Apple’s corporate policy on export sales, which reads:

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) released a statement after the incident, calling on Apple to change its corporate policy on sales to Iran.

“Apple must revise its policies to ensure that customers do not face discriminatory treatment based on their religion, ethnicity or national origin,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “If the actions of these Apple employees reflected company policy, that policy must be changed and all employees retrained.”

Sabet says she later called Apple’s corporate customer relations, where an employee reportedly apologized and told her she could buy an iPad online.

  1. #1 by bostonblah on June 20, 2012 - 5:18 pm

    wait, what is this a company policy or just some ignorant red neck evangelical for georgia?

    how ironic seeing that steve jobs father was a syrian muslim and his adoptive parents were armenian , the jews even had a file on jobs ,jewnited states government had files on him

    look what the jew courts are trying to do now, and the jewish globalist agenda is trying to push on us

    http://www.zeropaid.com/news/101221/could-selling-your-computer-one-day-be-a-criminal-offense/

    sorry marc looks like you be purchasing any more used pawn shop computers if corporate jewery get its way

  2. #2 by Naeem on June 20, 2012 - 5:33 pm

    Although my comment might sound insensitive, i think this type of behaviour is typical esp nowadays. I think if more farsi speaking americans esp the traitorous sellouts who reside in the US get treated with this type of hate on a daily basis it can have a profound impact on them and how they’ll relaise they have no future in the US esp with the current propaganda against iran.

  3. #3 by ruby22-kate on June 20, 2012 - 5:39 pm

    I never thought the USA would come to this, virtually promoting and endorsing racism. What ever happened to the customer is always right? And her money was as green as any one else.

    I’m in the market for a new computer & was interested in Apple, are there any computers that are israeli zionist free?

  4. #4 by Al on June 20, 2012 - 5:47 pm

    What is happening to the land of so-called freedom & justice?!… Is this the kind of democracy that are going to export to other countries?

  5. #5 by on June 20, 2012 - 6:26 pm

    Iran should manufacture the OrangePad.

  6. #6 by woodchuck111 on June 20, 2012 - 7:54 pm

    Now I’m really glad I went with Android. To hell with Apple!

  7. #7 by Ponders70 on June 20, 2012 - 8:50 pm

    Positively effing disgusting. I am
    ashamed to say I own an Apple.
    Looks like I may have to contribute to
    Bill Gates retirement from here on in.

  8. #8 by 30.06 on June 20, 2012 - 9:05 pm

    But you have to remember , the Greatest country on earth , has to fear , 19 year old Persian girls .

  9. #9 by 30.06 on June 20, 2012 - 9:09 pm

    Be afraid America ! Be very afraid !
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPbH5xRnUcM

  10. #10 by equalizer on June 21, 2012 - 2:54 am

    “we reserve the right to refuse service to anyone”……….And, the consumers reserve the right to BOYCOTT APPLE……..maybe organizing a protest outside of every business selling Apple products is in order…….

  11. #11 by nooralhaqiqa on June 21, 2012 - 12:08 pm

    Anything to support Gates was off the table years ago. Now Apple……

    That is the first time I have heard of a company put racism before profit margin.

    That girl should turn around and sue the pants off that shop/Apple/whoever. In English so the buzztards can understand. But then perhaps her grocery store might tell her they cannot sell her sustenance too…. this is just that ridiculous.

  12. #12 by xplorexpress on June 21, 2012 - 4:50 pm

    Well! Of what I saw… it is not Apple but the employee… so, sue the guy or the store… that would be more logical than suing a company that have nothing to do with the narrow minded, parochialed stupidity of a store employee miles away from them.

  13. #13 by SazzyLilSmartAzz on June 21, 2012 - 6:39 pm

    Is this for real? I’ll never buy from Apple and I’m of European descent! F Apple!

  14. #14 by Pro-Gentile on June 21, 2012 - 9:46 pm

    #1 by bostonblah on June 20, 2012 – 5:18 pm

    wait, what is this a company policy or just some ignorant red neck evangelical for georgia?

    how ironic seeing that steve jobs father was a syrian muslim and his adoptive parents were armenian , the jews even had a file on jobs ,jewnited states government had files on him

    look what the jew courts are trying to do now, and the jewish globalist agenda is trying to push on us

    Steve Jewbs may have had a Syrian father but there are a lot of jews in Syria… and he practiced all the jewish traits when it comes to commerce: namely monopolization and anti-competitive behavior.

    App£€ is a thoroughly despicable company, and has been since its inception. Their first computer came out in 1976 for a price of $666.66 … notice in the wikipedia article it now says $777.77 but at the bottom the references all point to 666. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_I

    Also check this out : http://news.cnet.com/1606-2-5937610.html

    https://duckduckgo.com/?q=apple+first+computer+666.66

    The co-founder Wozniak is a jew… the guy who came up with the price… 666 = star of david symbology. The product code for israel is 972. If you add the digits you get 9+7+2 = 18 which is 3 6’s. I doubt anyone who is not a hardcore kabbalist really knows what the true nature of this satanic garbage is, I just thought I’d point this out.

    And this should be food for thought… http://freeworldsurvey.blogspot.com/2007/09/apple-atheists-worst-nightmare.html

    I didn’t take it seriously when I first read it years ago, but now I have a different perspective on things (physical vs spiritual).

    #3 by ruby22-kate on June 20, 2012 – 5:39 pm

    I’m in the market for a new computer & was interested in Apple, are there any computers that are israeli zionist free?

    Well first of all don’t buy a system with intel inside. They are an evil monopolistic anti-competitive lowlife good for nothing thugs. That’s not even mentioning that they are thoroughly jewish in nature. They were one of the first companies in israel. They took American engineering/know-how and co-opted it and monopolized the computer processor market and gave it to israel on a silver platter.

    They have a VERY long history of using mafia (jewish) tactics to bully, intimidate, prevent viable competition, strangle the progress of technology etc etc.

    https://duckduckgo.com/?q=intel+is+evil

    Stick with AMD systems, with Radeon graphics (nvidia is another POS company who will do anything (read: jewish behavior) to get ahead.

    I’ve been free of those 2 criminals bastards for over a decade.

    Now microsoft is a completely evil POS (who also does extensive business in israel) also… so either you can switch to using a Linux-based OS or you can infringe MS’s copywrong and download a copy. Don’t give a red cent to these scum.

  15. #15 by Adalberto Erazo Jr. on June 22, 2012 - 1:11 am

    @ Pro-Gentile

    Thank you for the valuable info.

  16. #16 by Al on June 22, 2012 - 8:32 am

    I cannot believe it… This is the most stupid policy by either Apple or government of the US. First of all, by changing her/his nationality, this girl or any Iranian can buy I-Pad or anything similar from any store… Secondly, US & Apple destroyed their own reputation by applying this kind of childish policy. Those who set this childish & stupid policy must know that Iran or any Iranian spy (in case they need it) can get that I-Pad from anywhere and they don’t need to go to that specific American store for shopping.

    So, here the main loser is US government , Apple company and their reputation around the world. Next time, everybody would laugh, if US president or any government official talk about their country as the only land of free and democracy. I would like to see how are they going to defend themselves by committing this kind of vivid discrimination?!… Here in this case, that girl didn’t lose anything but US & Apple lost a lot of business and reputation…

  17. #17 by ruby22-kate on June 22, 2012 - 4:45 pm

    Pro-Gentile, thanks for info & link, hate to contribute to corporate criminals.

  18. #18 by SazzyLilSmartAzz on June 22, 2012 - 9:43 pm

    Good info Pro-Gentile and thanks. Unfortunately, I bought a Dell with intel but never again. I almost went with AMD but decided to stick with what I’d had for years. I also thought about buying Apple for a next computer but with this new information – rest assured – I won’t!

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