On a recent trip to Zurich to attend Tina Turner‘s wedding, talk show queen Oprah Winfrey decided to stop by the Trois Pomme boutique on Bahnhofstrasse (the third most expensive street in the world) to pick up a new $40,000 handbag.
According to Oprah, when asked to see the bag, the shopkeeper told her “it’s too expensive.” “One more time, I tried,” said Winfrey, who reportedly made $77 million in last year alone, to Entertainment Tonight.
“I said, ‘But I really do just want to see that one,’ and the shopkeeper said, ‘Oh, I don’t want to hurt your feelings,’ and I said, ‘Okay, thank you so much. You’re probably right, I can’t afford it.’ And I walked out of the store.” Sadly, the perfect Pretty Woman moment was squandered, but Oprah did have some afterthoughts on the reasoning behind the clerk’s reaction.
Oprah then added, “I could’ve had the whole blow-up thing and thrown down the black card, but why do that? But that clearly is, you know… [Racism] still exists. Of course it does. Officials in Switzerland have been trampling over each other to apologize since the incident came to light.”
“We are very sorry for what happened to her,” Swiss tourism office spokeswoman Daniela Baer told the Associated Press. “[It was] obviously very regrettable,” Zurich Tourism communications director Christian Trottmann said to CBS News.
“This person acted terribly wrong,” the tourism office wrote on Twitter. Meanwhile, the shop’s owner Trudie Goetz, blamed the whole thing on a “misunderstanding,” saying Oprah got the shoddy treatment that she did because the assistant didn’t recognize her. Goetz also faulted the fact that the employee is Italian and doesn’t speak English very well.
Watch the interview below:
Now based on the store owner’s apology do you wrong Lady O for responding like this on twitter:
“Turns out that store clerk did me a favor,” tweeted Oprah. “Just found out that bag was $38K!! She was right I was NOT going to buy it. Other than the handbag diss. I had a GREAT time in Zurich.” #POW
Now that’s how you throw shade!
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