The sales associate at Trois Pomme in Zurich is now speaking out about the “alleged racism” that occurred in Zurich when media mogul Oprah Winfrey claimed that she was refused to see a $38,000 Tom Ford croc bag because it was too expensive.
Oprah Winfrey said in an interview:
“I go into a store and say to the woman, “‘excuse me, may I see that bag over your head?’ and she says to me ‘no, it’s too expensive.'” Winfrey proceeded to ask again to see the bag but the sales assistant responded “no, no, no, you don’t want to see that one, you want to see this one, because that one will cost too much and you will not be able to afford that.”
The sales associate claims that she would never say anything like that to a customer and that Ms. Winfrey misunderstood what she meant with her response.
The store manager Trudie Goetz claims as well. According to Contact Music:
Trudie Goetz claimed the incident was a misunderstanding. In a statement made to CNN, Goetz said “”Mrs Oprah said she just wanted to look at the bag, she didn’t want it taken down, and because my sales assistant felt a little embarrassed about the price, she quickly said that she also had the model in other materials such as ostrich and suede, which weren’t so expensive.” She went on to say the sales assistant wanted to show Winfrey other bags and not because she had no intention of selling the shop’s products.
Clearly, the event happened. Oprah Winfrey knows how much influence she has and she doesn’t use her words lightly. She will speak of things that are of merit and if she finds herself in the wrong, she will go on record to correct it. (i.e. promoting the book of James Frey’s “A Million Little Pieces” when she found that it was not autobiographical but rather fictional)
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