Winfrey Claims Racism by Swiss Salesclerk
Posted by Steve Markowitz on August 20, 2013
Last week billionaire Oprah Winfrey was in Switzerland to attend singer Tina Turner’s wedding. At the last minute Ms. Winfrey felt that she needed a handbag to properly match her outfit. The queen of talk-shows entered Zürich’s Trois Pommes boutique shop and asked to see a $38,000 handbag. According to Winfrey, the clerk refused to show her the expensive bag indicating that she could not afford it because of the color of her skin. The clerk has since accused Winfrey of lying about the encounter.
Given that this is a she said – she said moment, it will be impossible to determine whether this was a racist episode. Irrespective of the answer, it is hard to imagine why anyone would require a $38,000 handbag. In addition, if the story played out as Winfrey reports, it first and foremost indicates a dumb clerk. Just imagine the profit the store lost and the commission the clerk did not earn, not to mention the poor publicity for the enterprise.