A group of African college students were asked to leave an Apple Store in Melbourne. The incident, caught on video, has sparked Internet outrage due to claims that the store is racist.
The video which was posted on Facebook showed that the Maribyrnong College students were denied entry to the App Store, The Sydney Morning Herald reported. A staff member told them that the store’s security staff was worried of shoplifting incidence.
In the video, the staff member said, “these guys are just a bit worried about your presence in our store. They’re just a bit worried you might steal something.”
When the students protested about the accusation, he ended the conversation by asking them to leave the App store. The Year 10 students were definitely shocked at what happened to them.
Watch the video here:
The site mentioned that Mabior Ater, one of the students, told Fairfax Media that he was offended by the incident. He said, “I’ve been coming to Highpoint for a long time and I never thought something like this would happen … of course I was offended.”
Mabior said that it was not the first time he received such treatment. However, Mabior admitted, “This is the first time it has been this big.”
Since the video circulated the web on Tuesday night, the video got more than 30,000 views. Mabior said that a lot of his school friends gave their support to them.
“A lot of people shared it (the video) and they were very angry that this was still happening in 2015,” he added.
Social media users who saw the video were definitely pissed by the App Store’s treatment to the students.
Apple Store shows "Australia" the most successful colonial genesis will continue to be racist until the rotten foundations are uncovered
— riv3r prince$$ (@hannah_donnelly) November 11, 2015
i'm trembling i'm so pissed off and i don't know where to redirect my anger. apple doesn't even have a twitter account how do i go off
— helina (@hxlina) November 10, 2015
According to SBS, Fairfax media reported that the boys were accompanied by their principal to seek apology from the App store.
Mabior said, “[The senior manager] apologised to us and told us that we are welcome here anytime. It feels like we have justice now.”
A spokeswoman from Apple said that they would still conduct investigations on the matter. She even supplied a quote from their chief executive Tim Cook.
The quote read, “We believe in equality for everyone, regardless of race, age, gender, gender identity, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation. That applies throughout our company, around the world with no exceptions.”