Can’t a woman just get a hot burger to go after performing at a sold-out show? Apparently not in Niagara Falls and apparently not if you are Aretha Franklin.
A rather unbelievable scene unfolded last week at a Johnny Rockets restaurant on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls.
The Queen of Soul herself popped in after a show on Tuesday in nearby Lewiston, N.Y. and ordered a burger. She’s rather fond of Johnny Rockets food.
But here’s what unfolded after Franklin placed her order for a burger and a cherry Coke to go, according to an exclusive report in the New York Daily News.
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Franklin, who was with her nephew, sat down at an empty table to wait for her order and a waitress, described to be in her mid-30s, told her she couldn’t sit there.
“I said, ‘Excuse me, what do you mean I can’t sit here?” Franklin told the Daily News.
When the waitress said the seating was for patrons dining in, Franklin told her, “OK, I’ll have it here.”
The waitress reportedly told her she couldn’t change her order because it had already been rung up as takeout. Then the worker, who the singer described as “rude and nasty,” reportedly told Franklin to get up and wait elsewhere.
“I got up and walked out,” Franklin told the newspaper. “I said, ‘You should eat it yourself and you pay for it.’”
Somewhere in all of that Franklin’s nephew reportedly told the waitress who she was talking to and the waitress said she didn’t care.
A Johnny Rockets spokeswoman told the Associated Press that the franchise owner is sorry for the actions of “a new and very young employee.”
The owner spoke with the employee to clarify the takeout policies.