Being the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin usually gets respect where ever she goes, but that wasn’t the case when she tried to order takeout from Johnny Rockets.
After performing a sold out show in Lewiston, NY, Franklin decided to grab a bite from one of her favorite burger joints to eat at while on the road. She ordered her usual hamburger and cherry Coke to go from a Johnny Rockets at Niagara Falls, Ontario, and decided to sit at one of the empty tables to wait for her order.
That’s when an employee, said to be in her mid-30s according to the New York Daily News, approached Franklin and told her “you can’t sit there.”
Franklin, who was with her nephew at the time, responded, “Excuse me, what do you mean I can’t sit here?” The employed then told her the tables where for customers dining in only.
So the 72-year-old singer told the waitress, “Ok, I’ll have it here,” but the waitress again denied her saying, “you can’t have it here because we already rang you up as a takeout customer.”
Franklin was so shocked by the treatment at the restaurant that she got up and left.
“I got up and walked out,” she said, according to the NYDN. “I said, ‘You should eat it yourself and you pay for it.’ ” Aretha Franklin added she’ll “go on liking Johnny Rockets, but not that one.”
“My nephew mentioned to her who I was,” Franklin added, “and she said she didn’t care who I was.”
Looks like someone needs to be taught a little lesson on r-e-s-p-e-c-t.
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