That Swiss Bag Saleslady Is Calling Oprah A Liar, Which Definitely Won’t End Badly

Oprah Winfrey attending The Butler premiere August 2013

Remember that time that a Swiss saleslady pulled a Pretty Woman on professional money-harvester Oprah Winfrey and didn’t let her look at a $38,000 Tom Ford bag because it was ‘too expensive’? Big mistake. Huge. Well she’s just digging that hole even deeper by contesting Oprah’s version of events, calling her a liar for saying that the alleged interaction had even the slightest whiff of racism to it.

Let me stop you right there for a second, Zurich shop girl, because there’s really only one appropriate response here, and it’s in the form of a statement like: “I deeply apologize for any misunderstanding. It certainly is never my intention to discriminate against any customer, regardless of race, sexual orientation, age, gender, religion, or any other factor, and I regret that my actions were interpreted in that way. I love me some Oprah, Oprah forever, long live Oprah, seize la Oprah, etcetera etcetera.”

But I got here too late to give that advice, apparently, as the clerk has already been out and about giving anonymous anti-Oprah interviews. Which is pretty dangerous behavior unless you don’t fear the most powerful mogul in the world who has a literally unlimited supply of money. I mean, the woman practically grows it on trees in her front yard and finds hundos inside eggs when she goes to crack them for an omelet. Maybe not the best person about whom to say the following:

‘…I showed her some bags from the Jennifer Aniston collection. I explained to her the bags came in different sizes and materials, like I always do. She looked at a frame behind me. Far above there was the 35,000 Swiss franc crocodile leather bag. I simply told her that it was like the one I held in my hand, only much more expensive, and that I could show her similar bags. 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.’

You guys, I never told her I was racist, I swear it! Never once did I say the words, “You cannot see this bag because I am racist, Oprah Winfrey!”

‘She looked around the store again but didn’t say anything else. Then she went with her companion to the lower floor. My colleague saw them to the door. They were not even in the store for five minutes.’

Oh man, we’re so foolish. It sounds like Oprah didn’t even say a word the whole time! She just glided around the store like a dementor for five minutes and then peaced out. No wonder she didn’t want to show her the bag! She would have given it her Kiss, sucking out all its value through one of the crocodile scales and rendering it un-sellable! CAN YOU IMAGINE.

‘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. 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.’

Yeah guys, come on! If this had really happened the way Oprah said it did, when she described the incident to the media without naming the shop, then don’t you think she would’ve made a point of pausing Tina Turner’s wedding to walk up to a complete stranger and saying, “Pardon me, but do you own a bag shop? I recognize you from nowhere, considering we’ve never met before and I don’t know your name or your face, are you Trudie Goetz? Famed Swiss store-owner Trudie Goetz?!? I am the little-known Oprah Winfrey, and I only ask because I get a distinctly crocodile-y vibe from you. It’s just that I’ve got a bone to pick with someone who wouldn’t sell me a crocodile bag and NO TINA I WILL NOT SIT DOWN YOU CAN CUT THE CAKE SOMEWHERE ELSE.”

That all sounds perfectly plausible to me. Especially the part where Oprah eats human meat live on air. She just cannibalized that poor woman, and I can’t believe no one’s reporting it.

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    • loquele7

      Haha! Love the snark, but hey, have you guys thought for a second that you could be racist just by accepting Oprah’s side of the story simply because she is black? I am sorry, I have no doubt that Oprah has to deal with racism still, but she lives in a bubble most of the time with people catering to her every wish. She is not one of us. She is a billionaire. And she decided to accuse a shop girl on TV. If the girl was in fact being racist, why not raise hell then and there with her managers? You know, that’s how the rest of us would do. But of course she can’t do that, she’s Oprah!! Why take a step to clarify what really is going on and make sure that this is not just a simple misunderstanding. This could really bring more attention to her, just as her movie is about to come out!! I don’t really feel sad for Oprah. I highly doubt that things were just as black and white (pun intended) as Oprah would like to recall it.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Wait. Do you mean to tell me that Oprah is black?

    • kss

      I’m inclined to believe Oprah’s account of what took place, especially in light of the store owner’s lame excuses. Was this overt racism? I don’t know but I do know that this salesclerk was condescending and perhaps a bit lazy in refusing to show Oprah the handbag. Now this same clerk is complaining that Oprah is “cannibalizing” her in the media? Cannibalizing? Really? Very poor choice of words (to say nothing of poor judgment).

      btw Neiman-Marcus also sells Tom Ford handbags–most likely with a lesser markup than you will get from a haughty Swiss shop. If you want impeccable and respectful customer service buy from Neiman-Marcus. (Also, I am not affiliated with N-M in any way.)

    • diabolique guan

      so, the sales assistant did understand oprah’s english. that is another lie the owner and sales assistant came up with.

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    • Xrism

      I not only believe Oprah is lying, but its not the first time she has cried racism when she doesn’t get her way. What is more ridiculous is the fact that thee most simple explanation is why wouldn’t a shop clerk knowing that its Oprah and that she is a billionaire not want commission on a 38k bag. Only the author of this article or a complete imbecile would think otherwise.

      “Oh, it’s great to have you in my store P Diddy, I have all of your records and think its great that you are so successful and I’m a huge fan, but I’m not going to show you theses one of a kind Air Jordan’s because even though I know everything about you, and the commission I will make is more than I make in a year, I don’t think you can afford the sneakers because you are not a white billionaire, you are a billionaire with a darker complexion. And black billionaire money isn’t the same as white billionaire money. “. Do you see how outrageously ridiculous this sounds yet the jack assss that wrote this article is void of any common sense and certainly has no clue as to what Occam’s razor is. Yeah, Oprah is very capable of lying in fact, as smart as she is, you dont think she spent some time playing the racism violin with her hand on the racism horn in wait? .


      • Jenni

        I do hate to interrupt you mid-tirade, but I must ask, how do you pronounce your name?

    • Xrism

      Oprah even had the balls to say that when she was in executive meetings that she got the feeling that people were putting all their attention in her thinking to themselves that Oprah doesn’t belong in her seat.

      So according to Oprah, a human being cant even stand there and exist without having some sort of prejudice against her. That is very troubling because it shows that Oprah is an A Typical narcissist with some layers of paranoia and a splash of sociopathology. To think that the world revolves around her and that she thinks that every person whom she has contact with focuses on her and so that they are riddled to the core that it manifests in their mere existence towards her. Then she thinks its negative towards her. Then she acts as if she can lie about a poor store clerk to make her point with no regard for that clerks livelihood. All to promote her idealism and a movie. Paranoia Sociopath.

    • MCR

      I’m very sure that racism is rampant and that most African Americans suffer its effects daily. But Winfrey doesn’t seem to realize how much she’s buffered from most of it by her wealth. She’s living in a bubble, like many people in positions of privilege.

      The fact that she received this much press coverage for allegedly being suspected of not being able to afford a $38,000 handbag tells us she lacks one quality common to the worst casualties of racism: voicelessness. The real, mostly poor, victims of racism don’t often make the headlines.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        I think she completely realizes she’s buffered from it, and that’s why this incident is so interesting.

      • MCR

        Interesting. Would you care to elaborate?

      • Alexis Rhiannon
      • abbeysbooks

        U don’t find it inrinsically interesting? Laughable on many levels.

      • abbeysbooks

        Who the fuck spends 38,000 dollars for a handbag. Who even looks at one in the store. Oprah be ashamed.