Aretha Franklin has some harsh words for a server who told the First Lady of Soul she wasn't allowed to eat her takeout order inside the Niagara Falls, Ont., restaurant where she had ordered it.

A spokesman for 71-year-old Franklin, who is an American, says the situation unfolded Tuesday at a Johnny Rockets restaurant on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls.

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

In a statement, Franklin said 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 said the owner has spoken with the employee and has clarified his takeout policies.