“Täschligate” is playing in Zurich. Black female Oprah Winfrey, who has been made into a billionaire on US television with blah blah, wanted to look at a crocodile purse for 35,000 francs on Zurich’s Bahnhofstrasse, and the sales clerk allegedly refused to take it out of the case on racist grounds and wished to show her a less expensive purse. Winfrey spread this on US television, and in the media, especially in Germany, Switzerland was once again portrayed as the breeding ground of racism – see minaret ban, Bremgarten’s bathing prohibition for refugees, etc.
Even the FAZ reported about it. The worst of this ridiculous incident was once again official Switzerland who can only grovel. The tourism agency apologized most servilely and lightning quick for the “stupid sales clerk” without asking what actually happened. “We are seething with rage. The woman behaved disgracefully,” these opportunists pontificated over the sales clerk.
Only the head of the “Trois Pommes” store chain where this happened was exemplary in the issue. She stood behind the clerk and will not fire her. By the way, she was also with Oprah Winfrey at the wedding of Tina Turner on Lake Zurich.
Now, after a few days’ clumps of dirt have been cast at the sales clerk – an Italian, by the way – she speaks. And she presents the case altogether differently!
“Täschligate” ist natürlich überhaupt nicht wichtig, aber es zeigt wieder einmal einen medialen Shitstorm, der bereitwillig irgendwelche linken Klischees weltweit verbreitet, und die erbärmlichen Reaktionen darauf. Und gar keine Frage, es wird was an der Schweiz hängen bleiben, denn die kleine Verkäuferin interessiert doch nicht – vor allem, wenn ihr das eigene Land in den Rücken fällt.
“Täschligate” is, of course, not important at all, but it again shows a media sh**storm that readily spreads certain left-wing clichés and the pitiful reactions to them. And not one question asked; something will remain stuck on Switzerland because the little store clerk is uninteresting – most of all when her own country stabs her in the back.
(Note: ‘taschli’ is a ‘little purse’ or ‘little bag’.)
Translation of the article from Blick.ch linked to above
The sales clerk from the luxury boutique tells how the encounter with Oprah Winfrey really went
“I haven’t been able to sleep any more for days”
TV icon Oprah Winfrey (59) says she was discriminated against in Zurich. Not true, the sales clerk says.
The US billionaire wanted to look at a purse by Trudie Götz for 35,000 francs in a luxury boutique. This was refused her, Winfrey ranted this week on US television. Exclusive in SonntagsBlick, the sales clerk now speaks who served Winfrey the day before the wedding of her friend Tina Turner (73) three weeks ago in Zurich.
BLICK: Adriana N.*, why do you wish to do this interview anonymously?
Adriana N: Because I fear reactions from the people. I don’t want to be addressed in the street because of this incident. I want to continue to live normally and be able to continue working normally.
How are you?
Horrible! I haven’t been able to sleep anymore for days. I feel like I’m in the middle of a tornado. Totally powerless, and at someone else’s mercy. It’s horror that happened there.
Are you afraid for your job?
I asked Trudie Götz Friday if she wanted me to give notice. She said now and was very understanding. It’s nice to know that such fantastic superiors exist who stand up in protection of someone.
Exactly what happened when Oprah Winfrey came into your shop?
She came into our boutique on Saturday, July 20th. It was in the afternoon, a completely normal day. Oprah Winfrey had a friend with her, perhaps it was her bodyguard, I don’t know. In any case, he held the door open for her.
How was she dressed?
She war a long black skirt. I don’t remember anymore what she wore up top.
They came in and asked where the ladies’ department was. There were three of us clerks in the shop. I led Oprah and her comopanion to the second floor. Up there, I asked her if I could show her something special. She said she had never been in a shop like this in Switzerland and looked around. I wasn’t sure what I should show her.
What did you do?
I went to a display case and showed her one of these Jennifer Aniston purses that are really popular. I told her that this bag was available in various sizes and materials, something I always do. She looked at a rack behind me. Way up. On it was exhibited the 35,000-franc crocodile purse. I told her that it was the same purse as what she was holding right in her hand. Only it was much more expensive. I could gladly show her other purses, too.
Oprah Winfrey claimed on US television that you didn’t hand her the purse for racist reasons.
That is absolutely not true! I even asked her if she would like to look at the purse more closely. Mrs. Winfrey looked around again in the shop but said nothing else. Then she went with her companion down to the lower floor. My colleague held the door open for them. She was hardly five minutes in the shop with us.
She could have said to her: “You don’t want to see this purse. It is too expensive. You couldn’t afford it,” says Winfrey.
That’s not true. That is absurd. I would never say such a thing to a customer. Absolutely not! Good manners and courtesy are quintessential elements in this business.
Why then is Oprah Winfrey making such accusations?
I don’t know! She is so powerful, and I am only a clerk. I have done nobody any wrong. I also don’t understand why she must make such a big deal of this on TV. If everything had taken place like she claims: Why then didn’t she complain to Trudie Götz the next day at the wedding of Tina Turner? My boss was also a guest there. I don’t understand it.
Trudie Götz says it was only a misunderstanding …
Yes. I spoke English with Mrs. Winfrey. My English is OK, but not outstanding. Unfortunately.
Did you really know who you were serving?
No, I didn’t recognize Oprah Winfrey. It would have made no difference as well. We take really great care to encounter all people with the same respect and treat all the same. If somebody asks me whether he or she can see an article, I always present it. Because the person is a potential buyer. And my career is to sell. I am proud when I can sell an article. For me, it is an honor when I can sell a beautiful piece. That means I am good in my profession.
How long have you worked for Trudie Götz?
Five years. Before that I worked in a well known boutique in Italy. I studied fashion design. For almost all of my life I have moved around in this world. I love my profession.
Do you deal often with foreign customers?
Yes. More than fifty percent of our business’ customers are international. They come from all over the world. Until now I have never had problems.
Thus, you are not a racist?
Certainly not! I am an Italian. Why should I of all people discriminate against someone due to their origin? That makes no sense at all!
How often do you really sell purses worth 35,000 francs?
Perhaps a handful each year. This purse is very exclusive.
What would you do differently today?
I ponder and ponder and still don’t know. Because to this day, I don’t know what I could have done wrong.
What would you tell Oprah Winfrey?
I would apologize. It was a misunderstanding. I certainly didn’t intend to offend Mrs. Winfrey. I hope this nightmare comes to an end soon.
*Name changed by the editorial