Was Oprah creating ‘racism’ buzz to promote her movie ‘The Butler’ directed by racist Lee Daniels(?) The incident took place while she he was in Switzerland for Tina Turner’s Sunday, July 21st 2013 wedding and her film premiers on August 12, 2013. Do the math.
(Daily Mail) –The sales assistant who refused to show U.S. talkshow billionaire Oprah Winfrey a luxury handbag costing nearly Â£25,000 claims the superstar lied about what happened in the luxury Swiss boutique where she works.
‘It is absolutely not true that I declined to show her the bag on racist grounds. I even asked her if she wanted to look at the bag.
She emphatically denied ever saying to Winfrey: ‘You don’t want to see this bag. It is too expensive.Â You cannot afford it.’
The saleslady went on: ‘This is not true. This is absurd. I would never say something like that to a customer. Really never. Good manners and politeness are the Alpha and the Omega in this business.
‘I don’t know why she is making these accusations. She is so powerful and I am just a shop girl.
‘I didn’t hurt anyone. I don’t know why someone as great as her must cannibalize me on TV.
B.I.N.G.O. We have a winner!:
‘If it had all taken place as she claimed, why has she not complained the next day at the wedding of Tina Turner with Trudie Goetz, my boss? She was there also at the Turner wedding as a guest. I don’t understand it.
‘I spoke to Oprah Winfrey in English. My English is okay but not excellent, unfortunately.
Oh noes! The clerk did not recognize Queen O. Shame, shame, shame, shame, shame! Heh.
‘I didn’t know who she was when she came into the store. That wouldn’t have made any difference if I had.
Shop owner Trudie Goetz stands by her employee:
Trudie Goetz, head of the Swiss luxury chain Trois Pommes, denied her saleswoman had ever sought to stop Winfrey buying the bag.
“Everyone wants to sell a crocodile bag,” Goetz told AFP.
“It’s a misunderstanding,” she said, adding that the saleswoman always put the customer first and tried to be “too kind”.
“She explained how beautiful the bag was, then she said, ‘Honestly this bag costs 35,000 Swiss francs, but I can show you other versions in ostrich, in pure leather and in velour’,” Goetz said.
Goetz said no disciplinary action was planned against the saleswoman.
“She’s a great person. She’s highly qualified. She also works in the shop in St Moritz and she takes care of prestigious clients,” she said.
The boutique owner apologised for the incident last week, saying it was all a misunderstanding. She pointed out that no one would turn down the chance of selling a $38,000 handbag. â€œPerhaps Oprah is a bit sensitive,â€ she told the tabloid Blick on Saturday.
EXACTLY! What sales clerk in their right mind would let a hefty commission from the sale of a $38,000 purse slip through their fingers??
After the incident â€“ which was picked up by media including CNN, the BBC and the Financial Times â€“ Swiss tourism officials immediately tweeted that they were â€œfuming â€“ this person [the Italian sales assistant] acted terribly wrong. We are sorry this happened to Oprahâ€.
On Monday, Switzerland Tourism spokeswoman Daniela BÃ¤r backtracked: â€œThe tweet was too spontaneous, inappropriate, judgemental and wrong.â€