Johnny Rockets server dis-R-E-S-P-E-C-Ts Aretha Franklin

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LEWISTON, N.Y. (AP) – Aretha Franklin has some harsh words for a New York server who showed D-I-S-R-E-S-P-E-C-T by telling the Queen of Soul she wasn’t allowed to eat her takeout inside the restaurant.

A spokesman for Franklin says the situation unfolded Tuesday at a Johnny Rockets restaurant in Lewiston near Buffalo.

The spokesman says Franklin ordered a hamburger after performing a sold-out show. But he says the server screamed at Franklin, saying she couldn’t sit down to eat because she had ordered takeout.

Franklin says in a statement that the restaurant worker was “very rude, unprofessional and nasty.”

A Johnny Rockets spokeswoman says the franchise owner is sorry for the actions of “a new and very young employee.”

She says the owner has spoken with the employee and has clarified his takeout policies.


  • Gregory Bochow

    You do not mess with The Queen of Soul ! #1`- She is ROYALTY ! #2- She is getting on in years and has at least one dangerous illness and #3- The customer is always right, and when the customer is Aretha, she warrants anything and everything she cares for !

  • JD

    I don’t care who she is, the definition of take out is self explanatory. The servers work hard for their tips so why should they be denied any tables for take out customers? And rules should be the same for all, why should the privledged always get exceptions?

  • Nik without a C

    never ever mess with the Queen of soul especially Ms. Franklin. The customer is always right, and that waiter disrespected her. She should call her ACLU Lawyer and make you write a thousand word apology to her. I respect her and no one should be treated that badly. shame on you Johnny Rockets.

    • Paul

      The Johnny Rockets in question is in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, not Lewiston, NY. She performed at Artpark in Lewiston, NY. Please stop copying New York Post stories. They have their facts wrong too.

    • JRO

      Lewiston, Ontario is not a place…well at least not in that area. It happened in Niagara Falls, ON, Canada. And quite frankly, Aretha, I don’t care who you are…follow the rules! What makes you so special that you need to have a 15 year old fast food worker feel that terrible. And I love how it says the policy is being stated again to all employees…she was following the policy! And also she was staying in Canada and performing in the States so again…that statement that she was helping to bring people to this establishment is also incorrect!

  • Paul

    WPIX & the New York Post apparently copied Yahoo News. All the stories are the same and all are incorrect. Johnny Rockets is in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, not Lewiston. NY . Aretha Frankin performed for a sold out crowd at Artpark in Lewsiston, NY.

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