Apple turns customers away at retail stores in Turkey

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Lines are formed outside Turkey’s three Apple Stores, where employees allegedly reject potential customers who want to buy Apple devices.

On Tuesday, Apple stopped online sales in Turkey as the country struggles with the fallout from a controversial economic strategy adopted by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

According to macReports, the technology giant has extended sales stops to its brick-and-mortar locations in the country. The business claims that employees reject customers who want to buy Apple devices, while those with Genius Support agreements are allowed to enter. Some employees told visitors that sales will resume when the lira stabilizes, although product prices will rise to account for exchange rate fluctuations, the report said.

Other accounts submitted to Twitter and spotted by MacRygter deny the allegations and note that Apple’s retail outlets performed normal operations on Wednesday – the supposed halt to sales chalked up to depleted inventory.

The situation in Turkey is unstable. On Tuesday, the Turkish lira fell by 15% due to the news that Erdogan had no plans to reverse controversial monetary policy, which has seen the country’s central bank make more interest rate cuts as inflation rises to almost 20%. Reuters reported at the time. The lira lost 45% of its value this year

and sat at 12.86 against the dollar late yesterday.

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