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Swiss Saleslady Calls Oprah A Liar & Says She Never Said A Bag Was "Too Expensive For Her", O Apologizes For All The Bruhaha

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When Oprah said in an interview this week that she was discriminated against while shopping at a high end boutique in Switzerland, the story took off like wildfire.  Now, the saleslady in question is speaking out and is calling Oprah a liar.  But....did she actually just prove Oprah's point with her "explanation"?  Check it inside....

 

While billionaire Oprah Winfrey was shopping it up around Switzerland while she was in the country for her good friend Tina Turner's wedding, she stopped at a boutique called Trois Pomme in Zurich.

Oprah told "ET" recently that she felt the saleslady was racist, all because when she asked the shopgirl if she could see the $35,000 bag behind her, Ms. Goetz the saleslady SUPPOSEDLY said, "You don't want to see this bag. It is too expensive. You cannot afford it.'

This wasn't the first racist encounter with a sales assistant--remember her Hermes run in years ago?  Well now, the Swiss sales assistant is speaking out, saying Oprah lied on her.  And she is so not racist.

Goetz (pictured above in the store just days ago) told a local newspaper, as retold by Daily Mail, her side of the story:

‘I wasn’t sure what I should present to her when she came in on the afternoon of Saturday July 20 so I showed her some bags from the Jennifer Aniston collection,’ said the saleslady.

‘I explained to her the bags came in different sizes and materials, like I always do,” she continued.

Then she goes on to discuss the confusion over the more expensive handbag.

‘She looked at a frame behind me. Far above there was the 35,000 Swiss franc crocodile leather bag,” the saleslady explained.

“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.”

We hear what she's saying.  But what she (and many racist people) don't realize, is that she subconsciously made a statement based on the race of the person she was dealing with. 

If a customer asks to see a $35,000 bag, any sales assistant who is about their hustle would RUN to go get that bag and that commission.  While Ms. Goetz has convinced herself she was just trying to "help Oprah out" because the cheaper bag looked similar, that wasn't her call to make.  And had it been someone else asking who she assumed could afford it, she likely wouldn't have made that same call that cut her own self out of a commission.

Goetz continued:

'This is not true. This is absurd. I would never say something like that to a customer. Really never. Good manners and politeness are the Alpha and the Omega in this business.

'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.

'I spoke to Oprah Winfrey in English. My English is okay but not excellent, unfortunately.

'I didn't know who she was when she came into the store. That wouldn't have made any difference if I had.

Hmmm.  Sounds like a typical case of "you don't even know what racist means".

Meanwhile, Oprah addressed the situation on last night's red carpet Hollywood premiere of Lee Daniels' The Butler.  And she regrets ever stirring up the huge bruhaha it has.  She simply was recalling a time where discrimination has occurred because she was in a certain type of place.

“I think that incident in Switzerland was just an incident in Switzerland. I’m really sorry that it got blown up. I purposefully did not mention the name of the store. I’m sorry that I said it was Switzerland.

I was just referencing it as an example of being in a place where people don’t expect that you would be able to be there.”

There you have it...

 

Photos: Getty/Fame

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What do you mean you didn't

What do you mean you didn't know it was Oprah!?!?! Lady please, you lying... Just hush cause you still got yo job...don't know why, but you do...
TarshaK's picture

Thurgood Marshall said,

Thurgood Marshall said, "There is never a day I have to remember I am black, there is always a white person around to remind me". This was one of those days for Oprah. It doesn't matter how much money you have, how smart you are or how accomplished you are, there will always be a white person like this lady who sees yoiur skin color first.
Always thinking's picture

those sales peoples need to

those sales peoples need to stop thinking that only white people dressed a certain way can buy expensive things. I used to work in luxury retail and my best clientele were asian and africans. The worse were jewish who return everything after wearing it and make you work without buying. This is so passé and unprofessional of this woman to assume that because Oprah did not fit her usual profile of rich white folks she was not capable of buying. I believe that she gave one look to Oprah who probably showed without her makeup and thought she could not afford this bag. And I am sure that she was not interested in showing the bag. She can turn around the story as she wants, she is wrong as a salesperson. She should know better and she is stupid and should be fired. She was prejudice and because of this, the store lost a huge sale. Because if she was smart and doing her work, she would have sold the bag and probably the wallet etc...to Oprah. She should be fired. Stupid and yes racist woman. I am from Canada and travelled to Europe and the staff in high end store are plain rude, snob and do not care about you. Apparently it is a well known fact that if you are not going to buy, they can be quite rude with you. so Oprah is totally right about her incident. I never had bad service in high end stores in NYC, Miami. I went to China and service is also impeccable. Why because salespeople understand retail industry these days. It is no longer your usual clientele.
zoewebb's picture

First world problems. Who the

First world problems. Who the hell cares and why?
Suga Bear's picture

That sales is not only racist

That sales is not only racist but she is unaware of it. Her skin looks rough like crocodile skin. Why would Oprah lie about this and bring it at her friends wedding day. The lady must be feeling the heat back in Switzerland...
Naomi's picture

sounds like she has a case of

sounds like she has a case of u.o.e.n.o.
hard@work's picture

If a customer wants to see a

If a customer wants to see a product, show it to them...period!!! Did Oprah look like she could snatch the purse and run out of the store. NOT. If a store carries purses that cost $40,000 surely they have armed security guards in the store. Dang, Oprah may have even had her own security close by. Never under-estimate somebody's pockets. Many times, the most frugal people are sitting on STACKS, driving a 10-year old car, and shopping at the thrift store.
love7endures's picture

"Never under-estimate

"Never under-estimate somebody's pockets. Many times, the most frugal people are sitting on STACKS, driving a 10-year old car, and shopping at the thrift store." With that last part of your comment, I almost choked on my Top Ramen oodles of noodles and hot dogs dinner cause damn you described my arse! lmao!
I Am Anonymous's picture

I really hate how you blogs

I really hate how you blogs try to direct the narrative when it comes to things like these, the heading on this post is bogus, Oprah apologiszed for even saying anything, let's be very, very clear, she DID NOT apologize to the store nor the sales person, the first statement was an apology from the store, and no matter how you turn it, she asked to see the bag and she was not given the opportunity to see it, they are feeling the heat now and they are trying to clean it up. If I go in a store and ask to see a product. I want to see that product, not the cheaper one that you have in your hands, that's bullsh*t, show me what I ask to see, not what you think I need to see. Oprah did NOT even mention the name of the store, it's the hungry, thirsty a** media that went and scoped out the store.
kayla1010's picture

Who in the hell wants to

Who in the hell wants to purchase a Jennifer Aniston bag. I didn't know the b*tch had a bag line. That complimentary I'm sorry croc bag should have reached Oprah by now.....allllll-right
YaHeard's picture

It's a Tom Ford bag, named

It's a Tom Ford bag, named after Jennifer Aniston. Why I don't know!
PacificGirl's picture

Lady, you and paula deene

Lady, you and paula deene need to learn when to shut up. Now you sound even more idiotic than when you started. This is Oprah...she will buy Switzerland and make you move to Africa

dead at.... 'Oprah will buy

dead at.... 'Oprah will buy Switzerland and make you move to Africa'.......LOL!!!!!!
love7endures's picture

‘She looked at a frame behind

‘She looked at a frame behind me. Far above there was the 35,000 Swiss franc crocodile leather bag,” the saleslady explained. “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. - Umm you don't TELL a customer anything when they ask you to see an item. She didn't ask you how much it cost. Give her the damn bag! If it were a white woman she would've just handed the bag over trying to make that sale. They white heffa could be broke but she wouldn't have questioned her. The encounter was racist no matter how many times she tells herself it wasn't.
PacificGirl's picture

"I simply told her that it

"I simply told her that it was like the one in my hand, only much more expensive, and that I could show her similar bags"......if that was supposed to be damage control, then she failed miserably. From the photo shown, she looks dead already, so she might as well go walk in front of a train and get it over with already.....and PLEASE tell me that the bag shown above is not the one that is priced at $35,000.
Twinkles's picture

she lying! O gains nothing

she lying! O gains nothing from this bye to you and your commission - dumb ass!
afua's picture

hermes did her the same way

hermes did her the same way 10yrs ago<---I typed that before reading the article. I had a run in with a retail worker years ago but on a smaller scale. I saw a bag and was like could you please pull that bag so I can see it? and this batty boi was like its $$dollars, I was like ok and what the fux that mean?..long story I purchased the bag and the look on his face was funny i know he was like, this B*. Anyways never underestimate ppl pockets and if u are a retail work remember the consumer is your meal ticket . LOL
SlowNeckBecky's picture

I hope he wasn't the one who

I hope he wasn't the one who got the commission.
Awwwww Shucks's picture

dont know all I know is he

dont know all I know is he was rude and it made me feel some kind of way. i made the purchase and didnt bat a eye or loose a eyelash
SlowNeckBecky's picture

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