August 12th, 2013
01:47 PM ET
In the end, the store clerk who denied Oprah Winfrey a pricey Tom Ford handbag did the mogul a favor.
Last week, Winfrey told "Entertainment Tonight" that she'd recently experienced racism while shopping in Zurich, Switzerland. The OWN CEO was eyeing a crocodile-skin purse in an upscale retailer, yet when she asked to see it a sales associate refused to help, telling her the purse was too expensive for her.
After repeating her request, Winfrey says she was told, "No no no, you don't want to see that one, you want to see this one, because that one will cost too much and you will not be able to afford that."
As the top-ranked celebrity on Forbes magazine's power list with an estimated $77 million earned in the past year, there's no question that Winfrey could easily afford that purse.
But at $38,000, the media personality tweeted, she wouldn't have wanted it anyway.
"Turns out that store clerk did me a favor. Just found out that bag was $38K!!! She was right I was NOT going to buy it," Winfrey tweeted to "ET's" Nancy O'Dell on Friday, reiterating that she simply wanted to "LOOK at" the item.
With that $38K still lining her pocketbook, Winfrey added that her overall experience in Zurich was pleasant.
"Other than the handbag diss ... I had a GREAT time in Zurich," Winfrey told O'Dell. "Best spa ever (The Dolder Grand). Would love to experience again."
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