Oprah recently accused Trois Pommes, a Swiss luxury shop, of racism after it was hesitant to sell the billionaire a handbag for 35000 Swiss Francs. Likely the sales clerk routinely recommends a cheaper item to any but a very few known wealthy, but Oprah declares she’s the victim of racism. This isn’t the first time Oprah has created drama at a luxury shop. In 2005, Oprah was “victimised” by the Hermès flagship store on the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré for denying her entry at closing time. (The French store owner made a televised walk of shame to make amends in 2005.)
Trois Pommes shop owner, Trudie Goetz, responds to the recent 2013 accusation (from same Reuters article):
Of course that’s not the case. Who wouldn’t want to sell a purse for 35,000 francs?
From The Irish Times, Goetz further replies:
My salesperson, she wanted to give her the handbag in her hand but Mrs Oprah didn’t want to take it in her hand, she just wanted to look at the bag
From BBC, Goetz declares:
[The salesclerk] takes care of the most spoilt customers from all over the world.
It appears that neither Goetz nor the Zurich Tourism office has formally apologised. Good, why should they when there’s been no wrongdoing?
This might be the 35000 Swiss Franc handbag by Tom Ford that caused such a stir: