Apple has apologized to six schoolboys asked to leave among their stores in Australia, in exactly what the pupils described as a racist episode.
Footage of the episode at Melbourne’s Highpoint shopping centre emerged on Tuesday sparking a social networking outcry.
A staff member can be heard saying security is concerned the lads will shoplift.
Apple said the store manager apologized to the boys’ school principal, and they, who are not all white.
Another of the boys Mohamed Semra, afterwards said that they were satisfied with the response from Apple.
“They apologised, so the boys’re chilling, no need to take it farther,” he wrote.
The video of the event continues to be viewed more than 62,000 times on Facebook and ignited debate.
Inside it, a staff member may be heard saying: “These men are … just a bit stressed you might steal something”.
They are told by the staff member when the lads protest: “End of conversation – I must request one to leave our store.”
Every one of the pupils in the video are in Year 10 and attend Maribyrnong College.