If Oprah Winfrey can’t buy whatever she wants, then none of us can.
Last month, during a trip to Zurich for Tina Turner’s wedding, the media queen found some free time to go shopping, passing through Bahnhofstrasse, which fun fact! is the third most expensive street in the world.
She browsed the Trois Pommes boutique and set her sights on a $40,000 handbag.
When she asked to see it, the sales assistant denied her with, “No, it’s too expensive.”
That’s the head-shaking story that “Entertainment Tonight” got from Oprah, the iron lady whose net worth is $2.4 billion.
Apparently the assistant didn’t realize that this $40,000 handbag is Oprah’s version of a pack of gum you purchase on a whim at the register.
“One more time, I tried,” Oprah said. “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 didn’t make a fuss about it at the time, but it’s just an example of how even a self-made, African-American BILLIONAIRE is subjected to racist behavior.
“I could’ve had the whole blow-up thing and thrown down the black card, but why do that?” Oprah added. “But that clearly is, you know…it [racism] still exists. Of course it does.”
The entire country of Switzerland basically agrees. Oprah received an apology from the Swiss government over the incident.
“We are very sorry for what happened to her, of course, because we think all of our guests and clients should be treated respectfully, in a professional way,” a spokesperson for the Swiss tourism office told the Associated Press.
That shop must be feeling super embarrassed now. In true Pretty Woman fashion, we’re hoping that Oprah goes back to that store, buys the handbag, and then tells the sales assistant to put all of Switzerland in it because she’s buying that too.