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Aretha Franklin serenades her way out of parking ticket

August 12, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Aretha Franklin put her powerful voice to use this week to get out of a traffic ticket.

The Queen of Soul was having dinner at a New York City restaurant when she saw a meter maid getting ready to ticket her car.

She hurried out and was able to convince the officer not to ticket the car in exchange for a serenade.

Franklin also autographed an envelope for the officer.