According to a Page Six report, Hermes staffers at Hermes Paris, rebuffed Media Mogul Oprah Winfrey because they didn't recognize her and because they'd been "having a problem with North Africans lately."
Oprah Winfrey Hermes - gate Scandal
"They knew exactly who she was," a pal tells Ny Daily News. "They specifically said, 'We know who you are.'"
A source says Oprah arrived just after 6:30 p.m., when there were still shoppers inside the store. According to the source, Oprah politely asked one Hermes sales clerk if she could dash in. She knew what she wanted: a specific watch for Tina Turner, her dinner partner that evening.
She was rebuffed by the clerk, then by a store manager.
A reader tells thebosh.com that Oprah was in the limo and a representative came to the door and did not identify the client as Oprah, she was never spotted and never mentioned.
"The limo driver said an American journalist wanted to come in the store to shop. The store had been closed for 45 minutes and the security policy is no one is to enter the store after hours. Imagine the nerve to expect the store that was not staffed or secured properly to open up the doors for anybody. Simple logic, the store was closed!!!"
Though Oprah hasn't accused the folks of racism, her friend suggests, "If it had been Celine Dion or Britney Spears or Barbra Streisand, there is no way they would not be let in that store."
"Never once was there mention of race!" writes a reader. "The team at Hermes and the individual that has taken the blame is well trained and very professional, can you possibly imagine somebody saying what you quoted, that's preposterous. This is a ridiculous ploy from her and her staff to cause a stir in race relations. She constantly brings up the race card every time someone gets in her way of anything. Or maybe it's a reason to receive some free products from Hermes" writes a reader.
Oprah may share the incident with her 22 million-plus viewers.
"We are calling it Oprah's 'Crash' moment," says the friend, recalling the new movie about race in America.
Via NY daily News
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From: Hermes [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, June 21, 2005 11:04 AM
Subject: Re: Contact us: FEEDBACK
On Tuesday, June 14, 2005 after the standard 6.30pm closing hours, Ms. Oprah Winfrey and her team were unable to enter the Hermes store on 24, Faubourg St. Honore' store at 6.45pm when they arrived while a private PR event was being set up inside.
Hermes regrets not having been able to accommodate Ms. Winfrey and her team and to provide her with the service and care that Hermes strives to provide to each and every one of its customers worldwide.
Hermes apologizes for any offense taken due to such circumstances.
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