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NIAGARA FALLS, Ontario (WWJ/AP) - Aretha Franklin has some harsh words for a server who showed D-I-S-R-E-S-P-E-C-T by telling the Queen of Soul and Detroit native that 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 on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls.

The spokesman says Franklin, 72, ordered a hamburger to-go after performing a sold-out show and sat down at a table. That’s when a server screamed at Franklin, saying she couldn’t sit down to eat because she ordered takeout.

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

A Johnny Rockets spokeswoman said the franchise owner is sorry for the actions of “a new and very young employee.” The owner has apparently spoken with the employee and has clarified his takeout policies.

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