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Aretha Franklin loves Johnny Rockets, but after the Queen of Soul was disrespected at the restaurant on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls, she might never go there again.
In an interview with the New York Daily News, the singer, who knows a thing or two about “Respect,” said that she just stopped by after a performance in Lewiston, New York. She got a hamburger and a cherry Coke to go, just like she always does.
However, with the restaurant nearly empty, Franklin and her nephew decided to sit and wait for it. At that point, she says a worker in her 30s told her that she couldn’t sit there. “I said, ‘Excuse me, what do you mean I can’t sit here?’” she recalled.
When she was told that only people who order eat-in could sit, she decided to just eat at the restaurant. But the worker said, “You can’t have it here because we’ve already rang you up as a takeout customer.”
The worker then ordered Franklin to get out of the restaurant, which really infuriated Franklin. “I got up and walked out,” she told the Daily News. “I said, ‘You should eat it yourself and you pay for it.'”
Franklin said that even after her nephew told the worker who she was, she didn’t care. She said the worker was “so rude and nasty.”
A Johnny Rockets spokesperson told the Associated Press that the franchise owner apologized for the show of disrespect from “a new and very young employee.”
Franklin told the Daily News that she will still go to Johnny Rockets restaurants, but will avoid that one.
Last month, Franklin said her exercise routine includes power-walking down the aisles of 'super stores' like Wal-Mart and K-Mart to burn off other indulgences like Cracker Barrel and Bob Evans.
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