Oprah Winfrey tweets about 'handbag diss' in Zurich: 'Store clerk did me a favor'
When visiting a Trois Pommes boutique in Zurich last month, Winfrey claimed a saleswoman refused to show her a $38,000 crocodile bag, telling her the bag was "too expensive." Winfrey said the incident demonstrated that racism was still a problem, but the store's owner, Trudie Goetz, claimed the entire situation was based on a "misunderstanding" due to language difficulties.
But now Winfrey is tweeting that the store clerk may have done her a favor:
.@NancyODell Turns out that store clerk did me a favor. Just found out that bag was $38K!!! She was right I was NOT going to buy it.-- Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) August 9, 2013
Whether the incident was truly a demonstration of racism or just a language barrier misunderstanding, Swiss tourism officials issued an apology to the media mogul. "Switzerland Tourism is deeply sorry to learn about the experience Ms. Winfrey recently had in Switzerland, and we apologize that her feelings were hurt," the national tourism board says. "We would like to assure Ms. Winfrey--like any visitor to Switzerland--that she is welcome with open arms."
Looks like Switzerland got its wish:
.@NancyODell other than the handbag diss. I had a GREAT time in Zurich. Best spa ever @doldergrand. Would love to experience again.-- Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) August 9, 2013