Thursday, October 1, 2009

Zhang Ziyi gets snubbed in Singapore

SINGAPORE : Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi was reportedly turned away by a high-end boutique along Orchard Road when she went on a shopping spree with good friend and celebrity hairstylist David Gan.

In an entry dated September 23 on Gan’s blog, he mentioned that both of them had gone shopping at the various stores at Hilton Hotel when they were denied access into one of the boutiques at around 6pm.

The store’s staff had told them it was closing time and hence they were unable to gain entry. This prompted Gan to comment on Singapore’s service industry on his blog saying, "They rejected an international celebrity because of a technicality?”

Without naming the boutique, Gan went on to explain that the store did not have to let them in because Zhang was a celebrity but by being inflexible, the store had given the brand and Singapore’s service industry a bad reputation. Adding that Zhang was full of praise for the service staff in Singapore, Gan said that the incident did not deter her from returning and they went back to same store the next day where Zhang eventually bought something.

The 30-year-old actress was in Singapore for three days after a photo shoot in Borneo and spent her time mostly shopping and sampling the local hawker food.

- CNA/nc


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