Does Oprah need a $38,000 handbag?

To the editor:

The Journal has been publishing articles about Oprah Winfrey’s unsuccessful attempt to purchase a $38,000 purse at a Zurich, Switzerland boutique.

The discussion has centered on the racist attitude that the clerk may or may not have had.

My question is: Did Oprah really need another purse? Is a single purse a wise use of $38,000? What kind of purse costs as much as many people’s homes? What values did Oprah display in her anecdote? Do you agree or disagree that a purse can be worth an average person’s yearly income?

Cynthia Surprenant

Sleepy Eye

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