Oprah Winfrey ‘victim of racism’ in Switzerland

Well obviously not everyone knows Oprah! LOL! But that should be no excuse. Regardless her race, who she is or how she was dressed (because in response to her allegation some white people claimed to have received similar treatment in stores so it was not a matter of race) that sales girl should simply have done her job and shown Oprah the bag. Simple. That was all she needed do and she shoulda done it with a smile on her face.

I know any number of shops I walk into wearing just a pair of jeans and tee shirt and still get attended to like royalty, only for me to leave without buying anything and still be welcomed with a smile on my next visit! Of course every now and then you wind up in a shop where the sales girl acts like she earns more than you do but I have never been told to my face, “I won’t show you that because it is too expensive for you,” never! So I think, regardless whether it was about race, the sales girl ought to be sacked for being a very bad representative for the shop.

The owner of the shop, who was NOT there when the incident occurred, defended her salesperson though. So I guess Oprah is lying then. Call me high handed but I would have IMMEDIATELY requested a meeting with the girl’s manager.

Below is how the BBC is reporting the story


US talk show host Oprah Winfrey says she was the victim of racism during a recent visit to Switzerland.

She said an assistant refused to serve her in an upmarket handbag shop in Zurich.

Winfrey, one of the world’s richest women, was apparently told one of the bags was “too expensive” for her.

Her claims, made to a US television programme, come amid a political row over plans by some Swiss towns to ban asylum seekers from some public places.

The BBC’s Imogen Foulkes in Berne says human rights groups have likened the plans – which include banning asylum seekers from swimming pools, playing fields and libraries – to apartheid.


Oprah Winfrey
The star made an estimated $77m last year

Winfrey, who stars in Lee Daniels‘ new film The Butler, visited Zurich last month to attend singer Tina Turner‘s wedding. The Oprah Winfrey Show is not shown in Switzerland.

Winfrey said she left the shop calmly without arguing, but that the experience was proof that racism continues to be a problem.

“There’s two different ways to handle it,” she said.

“I could’ve had the whole blow-up thing… but it still exists, of course it does.”

Shop owner Trudie Gotz told the BBC that an assistant had shown Winfrey several other items before the “misunderstanding” over a $35,000 (£22,500) bag, which was kept behind a screen.

Winfrey’s claims are a public relations disaster for Switzerland, our correspondent says.

About 48,000 people are currently seeking asylum in Switzerland. It has twice as many asylum seekers as the European average.

Officials say the curbs, which will also see asylum seekers housed in special centres, are aimed at preventing tensions with residents.

The country’s asylum laws were tightened in June

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