Aretha Franklin Has Bad Experience At Canadian Johnny Rockets
The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin recently decided to stop at a Johnny Rockets in Niagara Falls, Ontario, after performing in Lewiston, New York. After ordering a hamburger and cherry coke to go, Franklin sat in an empty booth with her nephew to wait for her food. A waitress immediately came over and told the 72 year-old singer, "You can’t sit there." Franklin then told the worker that she would instead dine in but the waitress countered by saying, "You can’t have it here because we’ve already rang you up as a takeout customer."
The worker then demanded that Franklin get up and wait outside of the dining room. She told New York's Daily News, "I got up and walked out . . . I said, ‘You should eat it yourself and you pay for it.' . . . My nephew mentioned to her who I was and she said she didn’t care who I was."
She added, "She’s a public servant and she shouldn’t speak that way to anybody, celebrities or non-celebrities."
A representative for Johnny Rockets told the Associated Press that the franchise owner is sorry for the actions of "a new and very young employee."
Despite the incident, Franklin plans to continue to go to other Johnny Rockets. She said, "I like Johnny Rockets and I’ll go on liking Johnny Rockets, but not that one."
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