The sales assistant who refused to show U.S. talkshow billionaire Oprah Winfrey a luxury handbag costing nearly £25,000 claims the superstar lied about what happened in the luxury Swiss boutique where she works. Speaking anonymously to Sunday newspaper SonntagsBlick, the Italian bag lady said she felt ´powerless´ and in the grip of a ´cyclone´ after Winfrey went on TV in America to claim she had been the victim of racism. Winfrey was in Switzerland in July when she walked into the Trois Pommes boutique in Zurich looking for a handbag to match the outfit she was going to
Comments: Finally someone stands up against the Queen Oprah! The media is quick to believe everything she says, just like her messiah 0bama.
If Oprah really felt so insulted, why didn´t she bring it up with the store owner at the time? And if it wasn´t that big a deal to her, why did she bring it up later? The poor shop clerk is going to lose her job over this, you can be sure of that.
I think she thought this could be an un-provable anecdotal story where reporters would just shake their heads and obsequiously agree about how racist America is and never challenge its validity. But Opera miscalculated. It wasn´t in America and the European news media is not entirely subservient to American lefties. Especially when one of their own is attacked.
Why would anyone pay that much for a bag that looks like one you could buy anywhere? That ugly bag cost more than that poor salesgirl makes in a year. Oprah sounds like she wants some attention and hasn´t been getting any lately. We always heard she is so nice. NOT! She is just as racist as the next black entertainer.
Oprah´s stock in trade is projecting every woman confronted by an ugly world, and triumphing. So, this happened in July and only on ET could she tell her little "Treyvon" incident, facing down the ugliness of international racism in a hoite toite Swiss shop. Wonder whether she visited her money while she was there.
According to the store manager, the clerk in question is skilled at managing "spoiled" clients [their word, not mine]. The clerk showed Oprah the damned purse, which is amazing since Oprah was reportedly dressed like a slob. In Europe, people dress up to shop in upscale stores and boutiques. What a dolt.
Oprah pulled the same stunt at an Hermes store in Paris a few years ago. She tried to enter the store after it was closed for a special event, and then lied about being shunned for being a poor black woman victimized by racism.
The bottom line: Oprah is a lying sack of - well, you know. She´s also a serial race baiter. Europeans don´t go in for this kind of stuff. How refreshing to hear the sales assistant speak up and tell the truth!
Oprah - I was taught by my mother when I was 6 years old (1946) that when we shopped at Detroit´s J. L. Hudson Department store, I had to dress like a gentleman and maintain proper decorum. Oprah - grow up and dress appropriately when shopping. Consider where you are shopping.
It´s quite obvious from the picture that it would have taken the whole black crocodile to hide her figure, whatever she wore to the wedding. The Swiss government was wrong to get involved in this. How come no video from a security camera hasn´t been produced? Oh, and whether or not 0prah has a glandular problem, it´s her massive unchecked ego that feeds on the evil she has become.
I do believe that Oprah lied. I heard her words on this issue and she said she was "alone". The shopgirl said that she was with a companion. What "a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive".
Never a fan of Oprah, really do not trust her now on any issue, especially a race issue.
It is bad enough that the store and the clerk refused to allow ´The Oprah´ to examine the bag. Now they are calling ´The Oprah´ a liar. I think massive apologies are due from the government level on down, accompanied by significant monetary restitution. You just can´t treat people with The Oprah´s´ level of international importance like that.
ZurichMike was showing a colleague around downtown Zurich today, and I bought a box of champagne truffles and presented it at the Tom Ford boutique for the aggrieved sales clerk. Unfortunately it was her day off, but the store manager was very touched and thanked us profusely for the support.
This store is so luxurious, discreet, rich, quiet, and eye-popping that I felt ridiculous walking in wearing "just" a nice collared shirt, khaki trousers, and Topsiders.
Oprah is the female version of Obama ... a Community Agitator. Now she is taking it worldwide trying to agitate the Swiss community. Here she is the wealthiest black woman on the planet, because of whites by the way, and yet she feels a compulsion to play the race card to agitate others.
One, I don´t know why the clerk states that she would apology (as stated in the last paragraph of the article). Two I don´t even see this as a misunderstanding. It´s very clear what the woman said to Orca but when you have racialist earphones on the slightest, slightest speck of an incorrect syllable, i.e. the use of the word niggardly some years of ago by some government bureaucrat that made the likes of people like Al-Not-So-Sharpton go...well...ape - leads to never ending "misunderstandings". Hence, Orca´s a liar just like the shop girl stated.
When did she pork up again? The last time I remember seeing a photo of her, she was skinny --or at least skinny for her.
That may have been when she was doing her show from Amarillo --she was in the news around here a lot at that time. She was being sued by the Texas Cattle Feeders Assn., [I think] for some remark she made about beef, or something like that.
This and the Zim case prove only one thing and that is racism is coming to an end. The race baiters have to embellish their cases in order to keep their jobs by making up facts and getting papers to give out mis-information. They can´t find a real case.
The harm done by the race hucksters is immeasurable as is the harm done by the racists who gave them an excuse to exist to begin with. As one who has flourished brilliantly in our society yet if she genuinely sees the Trevon Martin killing as the "same thing" as the Emmitt Till murder, then some very powerful preconditioning or shall I say prejudice has been internalized. Is it any surprise that she may be so predisposed to see racism that she may occasionally inadvertently manufacture it. I believe that she is brilliant yet has lived in the relative isolation of pop culture and has little experience outside of that world.
Condi Rice had a similar situation but HERS actually happened. She also made it clear this was rare. I have heard the former Sec of State in person. I heard her say this... Oprah is doing all this to get buzz for her Oscar - which you KNOW she will get. I think it´s great the real Oprah is being exposed for what she is.
yep, Okra has bad case of the "don´t you know who i am" disease compounded by "I hate myself for being black" syndrome. But that sales lady, is that "costume" she is wearing considered fashionable in europe?
The unemployment rate in the major US cities with large black populations is sky-rocketing. Yet, America is to worry when this repulsive creature feels ´insulted´ while buying a $38,000 handbag? The people who should feel insulted are the blacks who cannot find two nickels to rub together and who have to listen to her.
Europeans are used to dealing with all manner of very wealthy dark skinned people, most of them mid-eastern. I cannot believe the clerk was anything but a little put-off by Oprah´s size and dress. When in these shops, the clientele is usually dressed less casually. I think Oprah is still on her high horse over the Trayvon Martin episode.
The term ugly Americian sure applies here and it has nothing to do with how she looks. The rest of us will now have to deal with the reaction and work extra hard to make up for those that give the term ugly Americian its meaning.
I was ready to go after O as well, but honestly I found the sales lady´s explanation a little thin. If I point at an item and I want to see it, I want to see the one I´m pointing at, not one that is similar to it. I don´t think this was a racist incident, but perhaps an overglorified sales assistant with an eye on commissions who did not realize that she was talking to a billionaire. Now she has egg on her face. One thing I do believe though, there was no need to use the Oprah pulpit to go after this woman so publicly. Consider O´s power vs. that of the sales assistant, it´s a bit like Mike Tyson challenging a toddler to a fist fight.
All one needs to do is look at the picture with the article. If she had on one tenth the make-up she wears on TV or on her magazine cover, and maybe an outfit that didn´t come from K-Mart, perhaps the clerk would have recognized her. The photo of her and "girlfriend" Gail, they both looked like a bag ladies. She´s just another race pimp.
In the photo of her, Gayle and the gentleman walking down the sidewalk, if that´s the way she went into the store, I would wonder if she was serious about purchasing anything they offered, that she just might be out of place for that caliber of store.
The outfit she´s wearing and the unkempt hair could almost qualify as a Wal-Martian, if you know what I mean byk that.
How many other tales of black victimhood and discrimination and oppression, going back a hundred years, are also just made up lies? Like the rash of black church burnings that, upon examination, turns out never happened?
Looking at those photos makes me think of the bar scene in Star Wars. And that handbag worth $35K? Who other than status-conscious insecure people would be dumb enough to spend more than $35 on it? Please.
What is in the character of such people that it is meaningful in their lives to buy such items only so they can claim they can? The shallowness is truly staggering.
That said, Oprah needs to get a real life instead of this phony, overly-emotionalized drama queen life she´s been living. How about some real meaning? Some higher purpose?
Not exactly an Emmett Till moment, now was it, Oprah. What´s with Oprah? Is it because she´s been dissed by the Man She Put in the White House and his consort? Is it because her network is a joke? Looks like she´s also let herself go, too.
#26. Oprah certainly wasn´t going to learn anything from her mom. Her mom lives in the Milwaukee, WI area and was being sued by a boutique because of a $155,000 balance. Granted, I don´t know the outcome. Maybe Oprah and her mom could share some of their wealth.
I think this has to sorted out to get to the truth of the matter. Which person walked into the store, the Oprah with the red dress and Afro, or the one walking with two people down near the bottom of the article that seems not to have followed the Wookies healthy diet. I wouldn´t hand the ´bottom´ person a $25,000 handbag either.
. . . the Italian bag lady said she felt ´powerless´ and in the grip of a ´cyclone´ after Winfrey went on TV in America to claim she had been the victim of racism.
. . . ´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.
. . . ´We work really hard to greet all the people who come into the store with the same level of respect and treat them all equally.
´If someone asks me whether he or she can see an article, I always present these. Because that person is a potential buyer. And my job is to sell it.
´I´m glad if I can sell an article. It is a reward for me, if I can sell a nice piece. This means that I´m good at my job.´
The assistant´s accent could have caused a communications problem (as could Oprah´s accent), but I perceive a high IQ in her vocabulary and phrasing. The assistant, IMO, is far too intelligent to be racist (even if she is, which I very much doubt).
My conclusion is that Oprah probably resented what she heard as a "snotty" accent and attitude, causing her to hear what she so longed for (because she acts the badly-done-to innocent very well). So, yes, basically Oprah is not telling the whole truth.
The net worth of the sales lady is easily less than one thousandth that of Oprah. The left being for average people versus the rich is a myth. The left will back Oprah over even the most downtrodden of their own.
"She is so powerful and I am just a shop girl." That says it all. Emmet Till/Trayvon Martin really did it for me........cases are NOT alike and Oprah has to be aware that she is fanning flames with such a comment.
#37 ZM - I read about you in an article earlier today. Just can´t remember where. But it stated that a gentleman entered the store with truffles and was very sweet. Maybe I read it in an England newspaper. But way to go!
Oprah and Harry Reid have their marching orders from Eric Holder and Obama. Keep telling the American people that racism is alive because we have to win the next election. That message always works with the white guilt-ridden libs.
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