Nevermind the fact that Oprah Winfrey earned an estimated $77 million last year. Or that she was visiting Switzerland because she was attending Tina Turner’s wedding. Or even that she was willing to pay $35k for a purse. None of this mattered to a shop assistant who refused to show Winfrey the bag, saying it was “too expensive” for her.
Oprah told ET’s Nancy O’Dell she asked to see the bag at least two more times, but the shopkeeper refused to take it off the shelf and suggested other, cheaper bags instead.
“One more time, I tried. 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,” Oprah recounted.
The store in question is high-end boutique “Trois Pomme,” on Zurich’s exclusive shopping street Bahnhofstrasse. The store’s owner, Trudie Goetz, who was also invited to Tina Turner’s wedding apologized for the “misunderstanding”.
“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 … it (racism) still exists. Of course it does,” Oprah told O’Dell.
Yeah, she definitely could have thrown down her black card, but why give a racist salesperson a high commission?