When someone does something mean to Oprah, an entire country is forced to apologize. The talk show host recently received an apology from the country of Switzerland after she had an unpleasant shopping experience in the country.
The Inquisitr reported earlier that Oprah may have been discriminated against while shopping at a store in Zurich. One of the employees at the shop refused to show Oprah a $38,000 handbag because they didn’t think that Oprah could afford it.
Oprah said: “I didn’t have my eyelashes on but I was in full Oprah Winfrey gear… but obviously the Oprah Winfrey show is not shown in Zurich… She says to me, no, it’s too expensive. (She says I) would not be able to afford that.”
Oprah, of course, can afford a $38,000 handbag. She could afford a million of them. The talk show host made about $77 million last year.
Daniela Baer, a spokeswoman for the Swiss tourism office, apologized for the incident today.
Baer said: “We are very sorry for what happened to her, of course, because we think all of our guests and clients should be treated respectfully, in a professional way… This person acted terribly wrong.”
Shop owner Trudie Goetz also apologized for the incident but insisted that the employee was not being racist. Goetz said that the employee was a native of Italy and that English was not her first language. Goetz said that the incident was merely a misunderstanding.
Goetz said: “I have to admit that the employee is Italian. Of course, she speaks English, but not as well as her mother tongue. It was a real misunderstanding.”