Contrary to popular belief, everyone in the world does not know who Oprah Winfrey is. In fact, in some places, she’s simply a non-famous Black woman who can’t afford to shop in high-end stores. Well, at least that’s the conclusion we came to after hearing about an unpleasant shopping trip that the mogul recently had in Zurich. So what happened? While she was in Switzerland for Tina Turner’s wedding, she left her hotel in Zurich to go shopping. She said she was denied service at a high-end handbag store when the clerk commented that Oprah would not be able to afford the $38,000 bag she had asked to see. How did Oprah respond? She says she left the store without making a fuss, deciding it was better to leave empty-handed than give the employee a sales commission. Of course later, after realizing who Oprah was, a spokeswoman for the Swiss tourism office, told the Associated Press:
We are very sorry for what happened to her, of course, because we think all of our guests and clients should be treated respectfully, and in a professional way.
And the owner (Trudie Goetz) also chimed in with an apology, saying an assistant had shown Oprah several other items before the “misunderstanding” over the bag, which was kept behind a screen. She also said that she was “truly sorry” for the incident because her staff members are trained to treat all customers well. And what does Oprah have to say? She wrote on twitter:
Turns out that store clerk did me a favor. Just found out that bag was $38K!!! She was right I was NOT going to buy it.