2010年05月12日 13時36分50秒 | Weblog

Pol wants explanation for allegations that Apple store employees are discriminating against Chinese


Friday, May 7th 2010, 4:00 AM

A Queens assemblywoman is demanding an explanation from Apple over allegations that employees at its SoHo store are discriminating against Chinese people.

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."

An Apple spokesperson declined to comment.

A 33-year-old Queens man told the Daily News a SoHo worker initially told him the store was out of iPads. The man, who asked to remain anonymous, said when he asked an Asian staffer, she found one for him. The man said a manager later asked him if he was planning to buy the iPad and resell it. "I'm just so upset," the man said. "This is racial profiling."


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There Are No Ethics in Ethnic Pricing
Brendan McInerney, who lives in Frankfurt, Germany, could hardly believe his ears. His wife could fly to Osaka, Japan, for Christmas for 1,700 marks ($965) on Lufthansa, but he would have to pay 2,700 marks on the same flight. The reason: Mr. McInerney is American; his wife, Kyoko, is Japanese. “In America this is called racial discrimination,” Mr. McInerney says fuming, even after Lufthansa eventually offered him the same fare as his wife. “It’s illegal. It’s unfair.”
It is illegal in Germany, and it is undoubtedly unfair. It goes on, however, fueled by increasing rivalry among carriers―and not only in Germany. Throughout Europe, lots of people are getting special deals on airline tickets and other items because of their passports―or those of their employers. Mr. McInerney works for a German bank, but according to his travel agent, he would automatically qualify for the same cut-rate fare as his wife if he worked for a Japanese bank.
Commonly called “ethnic pricing,” the practice of giving discounts to people of certain nationalities has long been routine in developing countries such as India, China, and Russia. However, in Europe and especially in Germany, the practice is generally kept hush-hush because of the ethical and legal questions it raises.
Christian Hofer, an expert on air-traffic fares with the German Freight Agency, which is invested with the authority to approve special fares, says ethnic pricing such as that being offered by Lufthansa, Air France, and other carriers in Germany is against the law. “For all flights out of Germany,” Mr. Hofer says, “there can’t be any discrimination on the basis of nationality.” Nevertheless, Mr. Hofer says he routinely hears about such deals being offered on the gray market and is essentially powerless to do anything about it. “We don’t have the police powers to intervene as we’d like,” he said.
The gray market comprises travel agencies specializing in long-distance, economy flights. Indeed, Lufthansa itself doesn’t even advertise the special fares. Instead, it hammers them out in individual contracts with select travel offices that offer the special fares only on request. Thus, even in Germany ethnic pricing has largely remained a well-kept secret.
Lufthansa doesn’t deny its involvement with ethnic pricing. It says the practice is common in Germany and argues that it is only reacting to competition from the national carriers of Japan, South Korea, China, and Iran. “The others started it,” says Dagmar Rotter, a Lufthansa spokeswoman. “We only offered it after the market forced us to do so.”
For Mr. McInerney, the ethnic-pricing issue in Germany is academic. After being confronted with the absurdity of charging a husband and wife different prices, Lufthansa said it was changing its policy to include spouses traveling together, effective January 1, and would make an exception for Mr. McInerney in advance. Best of all, Mr. McInerney says, is the frequent-flyer mileage: “I get Lufthansa miles.” Otherwise, he says, he would have flown with All Nippon Airways to begin with.6
Do you think Lufthansa’s response that it was “simply meeting competition” is sufficient justification for “ethnic pricing”? Does letting spouses both receive the ethnic fare solve the problem? Some airlines offer ethnic fares to their citizens when they are living abroad. The airlines say that this is the only way some workers can afford to go home to visit their families. How would you respond to this logic?


( Discrimination by nationality is not racial bias 事案は全く違うが、日本軍の捕虜に対する補償問題でパキスタン人を国籍により、排除したのは人種差別ではない、と、司法判断、イギリス、2007年)

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Racial-profiling allegations shared in Burlington to raise awareness of issue
As part of a national campaign to raise awareness, panelists in Burlington heard various examples of when people felt singled out or harassed for the way they look.

By Sharon Pian Chan
Seattle Times staff reporter
Originally published Saturday, May 8, 2010 at 7:57 PM

Pramila Jayapal, executive director of OneAmerica
BURLINGTON, Skagit County ― Two days after a video was made public showing two Seattle police officers kicking a man, about 70 people gathered in Burlington to talk about their experiences with racial profiling.

A Latina woman who was born in the U.S. said she suffered a miscarriage when she was 18 while she was held for hours at the U.S.-Mexico border.

A former Microsoft corporate vice president who is Muslim said he has been harassed repeatedly when going through U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at airports.

A Washington State University student who also is Muslim said he has been detained more than 50 times, each time for at least two hours, coming back into the U.S. after visiting his Canadian wife.


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