A Swiss high-end boutique issued an apology to American media mogul Oprah Winfrey after a clerk there refused to show Winfrey a handbag she thought was too expensive for her. Obviously the clerk didn’t know who Oprah was and refused to take the bag out of the case.
Oprah was in Zürich, Switzerland to attend Tina Turner’s wedding at the time and is now busy promoting her latest film, ‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler’.
Oprah said: “I was in Zurich the other day, in a store whose name I will not mention. I didn’t have my eyelashes on, but I was in full Oprah Winfrey gear. I had my little Donna Karan skirt and my little sandals. But obviously ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ is not shown in Zurich.
“I go into a store and I say to the woman, ‘Excuse me, could I see the bag right above your head?’ and she says to me, ‘No. It’s too expensive.’”
The saleswoman went on to suggest she look at cheaper bags. ‘I left the store but it proves that racism is still an issue,’ Oprah added.
‘There’s two different ways to handle it. I could’ve had the whole blow-up thing… but racism still exists, of course it does.’
The handbag in question was on sale for £24,460 and was locked in a cabinet to prevent shoplifting.