Oprah told handbag 'too expensive' for her

(USA TODAY) -- Earlier this week, Oprah Winfrey mentioned toEntertainment Tonight's Nancy O'Dell that she had encountered racism while in Switzerland for Tina Turner's recent wedding.

Oprahleft her hotel to do a little shopping. "I didn't have my eyelashes onbut I was in full Oprah Winfrey gear ... but obviously the Oprah Winfreyshow is not shown in Zurich." She was by herself and went into a shopand wanted to look at a handbag, "She says to me, no, it's tooexpensive," adding that Oprah "would not be able to afford that." Sherefused to give her the purse.

Winfrey left the store without making a fuss, says ET, deciding it was better to leave empty-handed than give the employee commission.

Forbes magazine estimates that Winfrey earned $77 million in the year ending in June.

Aspokeswoman for the Swiss tourism office, Daniela Baer, told theAssociated Press on Friday, "We are very sorry for what happened toher."

The tourism office also posted an apology on Twitter, saying "this person acted terribly wrong."

Meanwhile, the purse has started its own Twitter feed called Oprah's Pricey Bag. Among the tweets, "Don't you know who I am?" And, "I come with a hefty price tag, but I'm worth it."


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