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Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson's facing court action for nearly $300,000 in unpaid bills and her company, Hartmoor folded under nearly $1 million debt last fall, but she still can't stop shopping, reports say. One reporter recently witnessed:
The scene is the Neiman Marcus department store in Dallas, Texas, and the Duchess of York has settled comfortably into a chair in the Gift Gallery to be interviewed by a local newspaper journalist.The British press are saying that Fergie, who was divorced from Prince Andrew years ago, is flat broke and may have to declare bankruptcy. Still, she owns more than five cell phones, continues to spend, and there are even rumors she single-handedly ruined an event-planning company she commissioned to organize a celebrity ball in honor of her Sarah Ferguson Foundation in 2007—the event was a bust when none of the promised celebs turned up.
So comfortably, in fact, that she breaks off the interview to inquire from a passing saleswoman how much the chair would cost her to buy.
The saleswoman: 'Do you have a Neiman Marcus account?' Fergie: 'No.' Saleswoman: 'Do you want one?' Fergie: 'Yeah! Let's open it. Then I can put the chair on the account.'
Within minutes, Fergie has bought the chair to give to a friend as a present. The price: a mere £1,300. Yes, this is the same Fergie who is facing financial meltdown.
Do you think Sarah Ferguson suffers from Oniomania, compulsive shopping disorder?
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