NY AG Investigates Apple Store Discrimination Claims

June 7, 2010 -

New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is looking into claims that several Apple stores in New York City discriminated against Asian customers trying to buy iPads prior to the system's launch in other regions outside the United States.

According to Politico, a Queens Assemblywoman tipped off the AG's Civil Rights Bureau after her constituents complained about being a asked series of unusual questions while trying to purchase multiple iPads. The inference is that Apple Store workers seemed suspicious of these purchases and - perhaps - suspected that some were being sent to China. Keep in mind that this allegedly all took place in early May before the iPad was available outside the United States. The stores where this happened were the flagship stores in Soho and on 14th Street in Manhattan.

"Our Office received complaints over the treatment of certain individuals of Asian descent at two Apple stores in New York City," said Cuomo communications director Richard Bamberger in an email to Politico.

An unnamed source familiar with Apple's policy told Politico that the company was "concerned that customers were purchasing multiple iPads for sale abroad" and had "briefly instituted a questionnaire for use in the course of iPad sales, aimed at blocking those illegal exports." But the question is did Apple broadly use this questionnaire on all customers or did the stores specifically target customers of Asian descent? The questionnaire is no longer being used, said the source.

Here's a Daily News story from last month:

Grace Meng (D-Flushing) fired off a letter to the tech giant after she was approached by a handful of disgruntled customers claiming Apple staffers denied them iPads, demanded to see their passports or asked inappropriate questions.

"One person was asked why they wanted one since their English was not so good," Meng said. "I want to get an explanation."

Meng can expect an explanation when the investigation wraps up soon. Ironically iPads are made in China. Apple is cooperating with the AG’s office and the investigation should be finished soon.

Source: Politico

Posted in

Comments

Re: NY AG Investigates Apple Store Discrimination Claims

Good work gestApple, now we see why you're currently beating Microsoft in the douche race.

Re: NY AG Investigates Apple Store Discrimination Claims

 All of Apple's garbage is made in china. What difference does it make if they want to buy what they make, before the release day? 

Let them buy the damn iphone/ipods and maybe they'll have less reason to bootleg everything.

Re: NY AG Investigates Apple Store Discrimination Claims

We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone....

 

It's no ones right to buy iPad.

Re: NY AG Investigates Apple Store Discrimination Claims

 How exactly did someone with that kind of an attitude come across an ECA site?

Re: NY AG Investigates Apple Store Discrimination Claims

It doesn't work that way.  They have a right to refuse service to anyone but they cannot legally exercise that right on the basis or race, color, religion or country of origin (among others factors which can vary depending on location).  Refusing to sell someone an iPad because they look 'Asian,' sound 'Asian,' or are from Asia is 100% illegal everywhere in the US.

my vanity is justified

my vanity is justified

Re: NY AG Investigates Apple Store Discrimination Claims

Yes, the only reason the employees started asking questions was because they had nothing better to do than to harrass a "minority". 

Re: NY AG Investigates Apple Store Discrimination Claims

 I have mixed feelings on this type of action (regardless of even application or targeting specific peoples).  On the one hand, I strongly dislike inteferance with the grey market and regional restrictions in general.  On the other hand, there is the similar issue of people who buy up large quantities in order to starve the market and resell them at marked up prices (i.e. scalpers).... I dislike to.

So profiling aside this touches on the big question of how much control should a company have in the sale of their products....

 
Forgot your password?
Username :
Password :

Shout box

You're not permitted to post shouts.
Matthew Wilsonis it any good?07/28/2014 - 9:36pm
Papa Midnight"Love Child" on HBO -- anyone else watching this?07/28/2014 - 9:27pm
MaskedPixelanteNah, I'm fine purple monkey dishwasher.07/28/2014 - 4:05pm
Sleaker@MP - I hope you didn't suffer a loss of your mental faculties attempting that.07/28/2014 - 3:48pm
MaskedPixelanteOK, so my brief research looking at GameFAQs forums (protip, don't do that if you wish to keep your sanity intact.), the 3DS doesn't have the power to run anything more powerful than the NES/GBC/GG AND run the 3DS system in the background.07/28/2014 - 11:01am
ZenMatthew, the 3DS already has GBA games in the form of the ambassador tittles. And I an just as curious about them not releasing them on there like they did the NES ones. I do like them on the Wii U as well, but seems weird. And where are the N64 games?07/28/2014 - 10:40am
james_fudgeNo. They already cut the price. Unless they release a new version that has a higher price point.07/28/2014 - 10:19am
E. Zachary KnightMatthew, It most likely is. The question is whether Nintendo wants to do it.07/28/2014 - 10:12am
Matthew WilsonI am sure the 3ds im more then powerful enough to emulate a GBA game.07/28/2014 - 9:54am
Sleaker@IanC - while the processor is effectively the same or very similar, the issue is how they setup the peripheral hardware. It would probably require creating some kind of emulation for the 3DS to handle interfacing with the audio and input methods for GBA07/28/2014 - 9:30am
Sleaker@EZK - hmmm, that makes sense. I could have sworn I had played GB/GBC games on it too though (emud of course)07/28/2014 - 9:23am
E. Zachary KnightSleaker, the DS has a built in GBA chipset in the system. That is why it played GBA games. The GBA had a seperate chipset for GB and GBColor games. The DS did not have that GB/GBC chipset and that is why the DS could not play GB and GBC games.07/28/2014 - 7:25am
IanCI dont think Nintendo ever gave reason why GBA games a reason why GBA games aren't on the 3DS eshop. The 3DS uses chips that are backwards compatable with the GBA ob GBA processor, after all.07/28/2014 - 6:46am
Sleakerhmmm that's odd I could play GBA games natively in my original DS.07/28/2014 - 1:39am
Matthew Wilsonbasically "we do not want to put these games on a system more then 10 people own" just joking07/27/2014 - 8:13pm
MaskedPixelanteSomething, something, the 3DS can't properly emulate GBA games and it was a massive struggle to get the ambassador games running properly.07/27/2014 - 8:06pm
Andrew EisenIdeally, you'd be able to play such games on either platform but until that time, I think Nintendo's using the exclusivity in an attempt to further drive Wii U sales.07/27/2014 - 7:21pm
Matthew WilsonI am kind of surprised games like battle network are not out on the 3ds.07/27/2014 - 7:01pm
Andrew EisenWell, Mega Man 1 - 4, X and X2 are already on there and the first Battle Network is due out July 31st.07/27/2014 - 6:16pm
MaskedPixelanteDid Capcom ever give us a timeline for when they planned on putting the Megaman stuff on Wii U?07/27/2014 - 2:23pm
 

Be Heard - Contact Your Politician