Aretha Franklin sings her way out of a Ticket
Aretha Franklin nearly picked up a parking ticket while enjoying dinner at Neely’s Barbecue Parlor on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.
Franklin noticed a meter maid preparing to write out a ticket for one of their illegally-parked rides. The quick thinking diva broke into an impromptu rendition of R-E-S-P-E-C-T and the sufficiently serenaded broadcast employee resolute the prudent thing to do would be to question for an signature rather than issue a quote. The parking enforcement officer handed Franklin an envelope for her signature and everyone went away pleased.