Del, Apple may have an official shop/center in Iran, but they may or may not sell all the items available in the US. Also the shop assistant may have been instructed what to sell or not to sell, as yet we only know one side of it. I know in my industry and obviously in the computer industry, government guidelines are issued as to what one can sell or cant sell, what one can export, what one can show to delegations from other countries (yes even taking a delegation on a show and tell round a manufacturing plant or performing a PowerPoint presentation can be looked at as a form or exporting information). Parts within a computer system may have export restrictions upon them, which might be the reason why certain computers are only launched in certain countries.
In the end it will also depend if the person had informed the Apple employee that they wished to export the item, I do agree that if one just looks at the report it appears that the employ was most definitely wrong as the implication is he made the decision based on them speaking Farsi, however I do wonder if he was able to distinguish between them speaking Farsi or Hindi, or any other language from that region, I could probably recognize Hindi, but I personally would not be able to distinguish any other language, similarly just by looking at someone I do not believe you would be able to identify if they were American Citizens, what they ethnic background is or any other pertinent information. So how did the employee know what they wanted to do with the item and decide not to sell it? As I said I believe there is much more to it than is being reported and I will not rush to judgement based on a published article.
The press will report things with a bias to show what they want to, in this case they may be trying to show that there is a discrimination problem, (which of course there may well be), if there is then it should be dealt with.
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