Is SoHo''s Apple Store discriminating against Chinese people?
One Queens assemblywoman, Grace Meng, says some of the shop's employees are, and has written a letter to the company demanding an explanation.
Meng says she was approached by a handful of customers making claims they were denied an iPad because they were Chinese.
Allegedly these customers were asked for passports, asked inappropriate questions, and "one person was asked why they wanted one since their English was not so good."
A 33-year-old man from Queens says he was told by one worker that they were out of iPads, then an Asian employee found him one, but a manager then asked him if he was planning on reselling the gadget. He spoke to the paper anonymously, saying, "I'm just so upset. This is racial profiling."
Apple has yet to comment on the allegations.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||05/09/2010|
Were any potential customers asked if they had pencil pricks?
|by Anonymous||reply 2||05/07/2010|
What a crock. Asians are NEVER interested in technology.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||05/07/2010|
The article on the Daily News website (which is a little different from OP's post), has this as its last line:
[quote]Meng said she suspects Apple is concerned about Chinese people selling the gadgets in their homeland.
Um, shouldn't that sentence be in the first paragraph of the article? I mean, this explains WHY Apple employees are discriminating against Asians in the first place, but the article just tacks it on at the end almost as an afterthought. I guess they want you to read the article and come up with your own preconceptions about why the discrimination is happening, and then throw the truth at you at the end.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||05/07/2010|
R4, that was my first assumption upon reading the first part of the article, that Apple was probably paranoid about someone taking it back to China and immediately knocking it off, long before Apple will have enough capacity to enter the Chinese market themselves.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||05/07/2010|
Considering that Ipads are made in China, I don't think fear of them returning there is the problem. It sounds more like the rule that all bad customer service is caused by racism. There can never be any other explanations.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||05/07/2010|
How are black people treated in Apple stores?
Oh wait, there aren't any.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||05/07/2010|
I've never been in an apple store, but I have heard they only hire attractive people
|by Anonymous||reply 8||05/07/2010|
The employees at the Garden State Plaza Apple store make you a liar, r8.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||05/07/2010|
That's not true R8. There are fugly Apple Store employees. I've never seen a minority employee in an Apple Store, though.
|by Anonymous||reply 10||05/07/2010|
I was at the Apple store at 59th and 5th last night, R8, and that is certainly not the case at that location.
That place was awful, by the way. Full of tourists and employees descending upon customers like hawks.
|by Anonymous||reply 11||05/07/2010|
r4, Apple owns the media - due to the media thinking that Apple and its gadgets are going to SAVE them.
I'm even surprised this story ran.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||05/07/2010|
[quote]I rove Appre.
Too bad, you're still NOT going to get an ipad, slant-eyes.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||05/07/2010|
Huge business, billions of dollars are lost per year to Chinese counterfeiters.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||05/07/2010|
Like some Chinese woman from Queens is going to bring down the Apple empire. Don't you think that if they are going to counterfeit, the technology is already known? Sorry, it's a poor rationalization.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||05/08/2010|
[quote]Sorry, it's a poor rationalization.
Do you honestly think Apple discriminates against Asian consumers?
|by Anonymous||reply 17||05/08/2010|
No, but New York discriminates against Asian customers.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||05/09/2010|