A Swiss high end boutique issued an apology to American media mogul Oprah Winfrey after a clerk there refused to show Winfrey a handbag because it was too expensive for her.
Oprah and her longtime Lover Gayle King were in Zurich, Switzerland to attend Tina Turner’s wedding.
“Obviously ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ is not shown in Zurich,” Oprah told Entertainment Tonight.
Oprah is busy promoting her latest film, ‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler’. By the way, many thanks to Saptosa Foster of 135th Street PR for the invite to last night’s Atlanta screening of ‘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.