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Aretha Franklin Sings Her Way Out Of Parking Ticket

Aretha Franklin Sings Her Way Out Of Parking Ticket
8/11/2011 3:34 PM ET

Aretha Franklin used her royal authority to get out of a parking ticket in New York City earlier this week. The Queen of Soul was dining at Neely's Barbecue Parlor on the Upper East Side when she noticed the meter maid writing out a ticket - and she literally got out of it for a song.

According to the New York Post, Franklin crooned a quick tune for the traffic officer, who recognized her and opted to simply have her autograph an envelope instead.

The restaurant's owners Pat and Gina Neely offered Franklin a copy of their autographed cookbook. Having already purchased a copy, Franklin signed the book and returned it to the couple.

Franklin was in the Big Apple to perform a free show at Coney Island's outdoor Seaside Concert Arena to an enthusiastic crowd of more than 10,000 people.

by RTT Staff Writer

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