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Swiss store clerk issues apology for refusing to show Oprah a handbag she thought was too ‘expensive’ for her…

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August 9, 2013 by The ReadyWriter


Oprah and Gayle King in Zurich

As I mentioned on my show the other night.

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.

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41 thoughts on “Swiss store clerk issues apology for refusing to show Oprah a handbag she thought was too ‘expensive’ for her…

  1. Wanda says:

    GOOOD MORNING BEAUTIFUL CEO’ERS

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  2. Adriane says:

    😆 this happens to “O” all the time overseas.

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  3. Jamilla says:

    Chile please 😡

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  4. Omar says:

    Oprah good cause she could have bought the whole damn street and fired her azz. 😆

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  5. Lisa says:

    Oprah need to go back to that store and have a Julia Roberts moment with the clerk…..U work on commission right? Big Mistake…BIG!!!!!

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  6. Olivijah says:

    There is a slave movie coming out this fall that I want to see…… I can’t think of the name of it though. There is also a movie with Thandi Newton I want to see as well. I think its something about Africa but “the butler” I don’t wanna see.

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  7. Ashanti says:

    Well, they damn sure look scary here. Let’s hope they didn’t go in any stores looking like that.

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    • BBallen says:

      Well, they damn sure look scary here. Let’s hope they didn’t go in any stores looking like that.
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      You see worst than that in the hood

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  8. ManUp says:

    These white folk something else.

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  9. Bird says:

    Oprah gaining that weight back :smh:

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  10. Nicole says:

    Forrest Whitaker said he knows racism first hand.Forrest spoke about how he was followed home a lot by helicopters flashing their lights on him and following him home asking each time where he was going.

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  11. Mrs. Hawthorne says:

    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.
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    :huh: 😆 I feel you Oprah

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  12. Gee Jordan says:

    With all due respect to the clerk Oprah is only worth $1.3 billon rather than the $1.45 billion of last year so this purse may have been out of her price range!

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  13. Gabriella says:

    Has anybody seen the movie?

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    • Nicole says:

      I saw the premier and there was a very open discussion on racism. Lee Daniels (the director) admitted that he gets angry as a director when it is easier for other directors to get backing for a film and it is an issue when it comes to us. He stated that the movie was done on a 25 Million dollar budget. I have to admit for that amount and all the star power in that movie, he did a good job with what he had. He said he knows racism first hand.

      Forrest spoke about how he was followed home a lot by helicopters flashing their lights on him and following him home asking each time where he was going.

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      • HarlemGirl says:

        Nicole
        How was the movie?

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      • Nicole says:

        Gabby & Harlem

        A “Struggle through Civil Rights” Movie seen through the prospective of the Butler. What was intriguing was the two prospectives of the movement through The Butler and his son. That’s what made the movie interesting. Ion wanna tell it all.

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      • AppleBottom says:

        I will not be seeing the movie the butler. no thank you. a little tired of the same stories just a different version.

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  14. Adam says:

    GTFOH Oprah not being able to afford something. Store made a big mistake.

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  15. Al-scream says:

    nahh Oprah cant afford Something! nahh

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  16. Keisha says:

    I wish Oprah would of kept the incident to herself. This is all over the news and internet now.

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  17. Natasha says:

    Like seriously nobody cares that Oprah can pay for a bag what some can’t pay for a damn house. smh

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  18. Miss Ang says:

    This story is over rated.

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  19. Gia says:

    oprah is p.a.i.d. so.

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  20. Val says:

    Mm…too late to apologize now. store made a major mistake.

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