In case you missed this itty bit of news from yesterday….Oprah while in
Switzerland for Tina Turner's wedding,
went into a shop and asked the Swiss shopgirl to bring down a bag so she can have a
better look at it. Swiss Salesgirl told Oprah that she will bring
her other bags of similar quality that are less expensive, but that one Mba…is
too mush for her purse. Oprah repeated the request two more times, insisting
that she really wanted to see that particular black bag. Shopgirl still
politely said No offering other less costly bags.
Oprah quietly said thank you and walked out of the shop.
So why did the sales girl refuse Oprah?
The bag was positioned on a shelf above her head. Maybe She didn’t want to go through the stress of bringing it down.
Counter argument – If she had thought the customer talking to her could afford it, she would have climbed up before you can say 'monkey' and made that 35,000 euro sale
Oprah is lying
What does she have to gain from lying when this can easily be refuted by CCTV?
The Shopgirl did not know who Oprah was
Granted Oprah’s show is not regularly aired in
so she might not be as popular to Swiss locals, but Shopgirl is supposed to
treat all customers equally - not guess at the size of their account based
on appearance before responding Switzerland
The Shopgirl was being Racist…
Oprah was black and therefore looked even less likely to afford the expensive bag (wonder what Oprah wore that day??).
You are damn right.
Listening to Trudie Goetz defence of her Salesgirl, I didn’t know if she was suffering from communication in English or just plain stubbornness in the face of truth.
I believe she rather said something like ’we have some less expensive’ — ’we also have some less expensive bags’ and not ’it’s too expensive for you “
“The shop assistant apparently asked her (Oprah) if she would like to see the bag, but she apparently said ’No, I just want to look’.
Biko, Please, Ejoo, what is the difference between see and look? We have some less expensive/not ‘it’s too expensive for you’
Anyway, the statement ‘she wasn’t sure it was Miss Oprah or somebody else’ was singularly incriminating. Mscheew.
Two lessons learnt from this:
Humility - As one of the richest and popular women in the entertainment world, she could have gotten away with ‘Do you know who I am? or imperially demanded to see her manager’. How many of us could have resisted doing that. But she didn’t. She said thank you and walked out.
Loyalty??- I admire Trudie Goetz the shop owner for not throwing her salesgirl under the bus at the first opportunity. She could have easily told the media, ‘I have sacked the salesgirl. I do not tolerate such behaviour’ and come out smelling of roses. But here she is trying to defend her Salesgirl of 3 years. I’m still not sure if the case is that she trusts her employee and truly believes there was a misunderstanding or because she is a bigger racist and does not wish to apologise…indeed she has not apologised to Oprah. But let me be the bigger person and go with loyalty.
Racism is alive and real but in the words of MJ in the song Black or White – ‘I’m not gonna spend my life being a colored’. I will go about my way jejely and do my best. I’m quite shocked about
though. I thought it was the most egalitarian country in Switzerland Europe
what with housing the bastions of equality and diversity the UN, UNESCO etc.
Someone tell me to wake up.