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Tue Jun 19, 2012, 11:49 AM

Apple stores refuse to sell to customers who speak Farsi

It is being reported by WSB- TV this evening that two local Atlanta area Apple Stores have denied the sale of Apple products to customers who are of Iranian descent.

A college student from University of Georgia, Sahar Sabet went to the Apple store to purchase an iPad. The sales associate turned her away after the customer was heard speaking Farsi to her uncle.

The sales associate told the uncle that he could not sell to them because 'Our countries have bad relations.' Ms. Sabet is a U.S. citizen.


Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/326950

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Reply Apple stores refuse to sell to customers who speak Farsi (Original post)
apples and oranges Jun 2012 OP
uponit7771 Jun 2012 #1
hlthe2b Jun 2012 #3
regnaD kciN Jun 2012 #5
hlthe2b Jun 2012 #7
SidDithers Jun 2012 #2
malthaussen Jun 2012 #4
Ellipsis Jun 2012 #6
marmar Jun 2012 #8
Ellipsis Jun 2012 #12
jeff47 Jun 2012 #13
marmar Jun 2012 #14
Ellipsis Jun 2012 #15
jeff47 Jun 2012 #16
petronius Jun 2012 #20
leveymg Jun 2012 #23
Posteritatis Jun 2012 #11
Quantess Jun 2012 #9
Rosa Luxemburg Jun 2012 #10
hughee99 Jun 2012 #17
lpbk2713 Jun 2012 #18
4th law of robotics Jun 2012 #22
Marrah_G Jun 2012 #19
4th law of robotics Jun 2012 #21

Response to apples and oranges (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 11:49 AM

1. racist wingers are too stupid for words

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Response to uponit7771 (Reply #1)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 11:54 AM

3. I'm sorry this is happening in Atlanta, but I do recall during the Atlanta Olympics...

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a well reported story that the national ticket sales office had told callers from New Mexico that they would have to call back on the INTERNATIONAL line.

My sympathy to our lovely DUers from Atlanta, but I lived there in the past... There truly are a lot of stupid RWers there... yes, we have our share where I live too, but....

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #3)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 12:19 PM

5. A friend of mine once attended a conference there...

He went into the hotel cafe one morning and ordered an espresso, only to be told that they didn't serve alcoholic beverages.

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Response to regnaD kciN (Reply #5)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 12:31 PM

7. Ok, now that was LOL funny....

(and count me unsurprised)

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Response to apples and oranges (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 11:56 AM

4. Idiots are all around us

The late proprietor of one of Philadelphia's most famous steak sandwich purveyors had a sign in his window that said "We only take orders in English" or some such. This, in a neighborhood famously Italian, where he and most of the white population were only two or three steps from the Old Country. And I don't believe he saw the irony.

It does sound like someone in the local Apple command structure at Atlanta has been pushing his personal agenda. Hopefully he will be found and fired, but I doubt we'll ever hear anything about it.

-- Mal

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Response to apples and oranges (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 12:30 PM

6. Yes... all retail Apple employees are taught to recognize Farsi in thier on line training videos

What an absurd OP

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Response to Ellipsis (Reply #6)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 12:35 PM

8. Umm, the customer didn't try to purchase in Farsi......


........ perhaps you should try reading again.


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Response to marmar (Reply #8)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 12:41 PM

12. Farsi Georgia? n/t

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Response to marmar (Reply #8)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 12:56 PM

13. Umm, the employee overheard a conversation in Farsi......

........ perhaps you should try reading again.

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Response to jeff47 (Reply #13)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 01:01 PM

14. Duh....the post I replied to implies that the employee tried to converse with the salesperson....

..... in Farsi. Do you have a problem with someone speaking in Farsi to someone who speaks Farsi? Or is that to un-Murkan for you?

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Response to marmar (Reply #14)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 01:05 PM

15. No, just sensational headlines.

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Response to marmar (Reply #14)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 03:53 PM

16. No, the post implies that the employees are tought to recognize Farsi

I don't know about you, but my untrained ear is not going to be able to tell Farsi from a host of other languages I don't speak.

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Response to jeff47 (Reply #16)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 04:53 PM

20. The salesperson and customer obviously had a conversation - there's no

reason to think he didn't ask what the language was and where it was spoken.

Sounds like the employee had an extremely screwed-up understanding of export restrictions and who/what they apply to, to go along with some (at best subconscious) biases...

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Response to jeff47 (Reply #16)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 05:05 PM

23. Well, what about nice, friendly Afghans who speak Dari? The clerk's trained to tell the difference?

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Response to Ellipsis (Reply #6)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 12:39 PM

11. People routinely jettison IQ points if they hear someone speaking unfamiliar languages. (nt)

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Response to apples and oranges (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 12:36 PM

9. I would bet money the sales associate has already been fired.

This absolutely sounds like the actions of an individual employee.

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Response to apples and oranges (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 12:36 PM

10. Ridiculous!

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Response to apples and oranges (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 04:37 PM

17. Very impressive, I didn't realize that Apple sales associates

not only recognized Farsi, but knew in which countries it was spoken.

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Response to hughee99 (Reply #17)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 04:42 PM

18. I can just imagine how red their faces would be ...




if in actuality they had been speaking a Native American dialect.


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Response to hughee99 (Reply #17)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 05:02 PM

22. It is actually kind of impressive that they knew iranians speak farsi

 

and not arabic or "iranian".

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Response to apples and oranges (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 04:43 PM

19. I'm betting they've already been fired

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Response to apples and oranges (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 05:01 PM

21. So it's ok to do business with China

 

the actual country that we have so many concerns with (and that builds all those i-whatevers) but not with Iranian individuals who haven't really done anything.

Gotcha.

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