Johnny Rockets Shows Aretha Franklin No R-E-S-P-E-C-T
Well, it looks like an employee at a Johnny Rockets location in Niagara Falls has rubbed The Queen of Soul the wrong way and Auntie Retha had no qualms with sounding off about it.
According to the New York Daily News, the 72-year-old stopped at a nearby Johnny Rockets restaurant following her sold-out show on Tuesday, but a restaurant employee was far from respectful. Aretha says that she placed a to-go order of a hamburger and a cherry coke, then sat down to wait for her order to be ready. Shortly after, a server went completely off on her, arguing that she had violated the food chain’s take-out policy. The iconic singer described the staffer to TMZ as “very rude, unprofessional and nasty.”
“You can’t sit there,” the worker reportedly told Aretha.
“I said, ‘Excuse me, what do you mean I can’t sit here?” Aretha recalled.
“You can’t have it here because we’ve already rang you up as a takeout customer,” the server responded.
Then, Aretha says the woman ordered her to get up and wait outside of the restaurant. Of course, Miss Franklin wasn’t going for that mess, so she left.
“I got up and walked out,” she said. “I said, ‘You should eat it yourself and you pay for it.’”
“My nephew mentioned to her who I was,” she added, “and she said she didn’t care who I was.”
The experience left Aretha giving the food chain some serious side-eye, especially considering that it’s one of her favorite places to stop while out on the road.
“She’s a public servant and she shouldn’t speak that way to anybody, celebrities or non-celebrities,” Aretha added.
A spokeswoman on behalf of Johnny Rockets has since released a statement regarding the incident, describing 30-something woman as “a new and very young employee.” Interestingly, Aretha says she doesn’t feel the woman should be fired, just “spoken to.” She also says that she doesn’t intend to boycott every Johnny Rockets restaurant because of the offensive incident.
“I like Johnny Rockets and I’ll go on liking Johnny Rockets, but not that one.”
As Aretha stated earlier in this article, celebrity or not, people deserve to be treated with respect.
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