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iPad Racism: Apple Investigated By Cuomo For Alleged Anti-Chinese Racism

First Posted: 06/07/10 04:49 PM ET Updated: 05/25/11 05:40 PM ET

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Looks like Attorney General Andrew Cuomo isn't worried about the iPad voting block.

The gubernatorial candidate is investigating allegations that Apple is refusing to sell iPads to Asian tourists and Asian-Americans.

Last month Queens Assemblywoman Grace Meng wrote a letter to the computer company "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."

The fear, apparently, was that the device, which had not be released in Asia at the time of the complaints, would be sold on the black market.

Now Cuomo's office has gotten involved.

Writes Politico:

A source familiar with the investigation said it was focused on flagship stores in Soho and on 14th Street in Manhattan, and that investigators from the office's Civil Rights Bureau had already interviewed store managers, with Apple's "complete" cooperation.


Apple's press office didn't immediately respond to inquiries by telephone or email, but a person who had been informed of Apple's policy said the company -- concerned that customers were purchasing multiple iPads for sale abroad -- had briefly instituted a questionnaire for use in the course of iPad sales, aimed at blocking those illegal exports.

Earlier today Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced the new iPhone 4.

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