Dolly Parton Got Kicked Out Of A New York City Hotel In Her 20’s Because They Thought She And Her Friend “Were Turning Tricks Up There”

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Oh, Dolly…

The country queen is never in short supply of great stories no matter what show she’s appearing on, and back in 2005, she was a guest on Late Night with Conan O’Brien.

And apparently, there’s even more to the story we’ve shared before when Dolly was mistaken for a prostitute in New York City and ended up having to pull a gun on some random creep…

Not only did a man in the street think Dolly was a hooker, but apparently, the hotel she was staying at during that trip did too.

Back in the late 60’s or early 70’s, Dolly and her childhood best friend, Judy, decided they wanted to take a trip to the Big Apple.

Dolly was first starting out in the music business, and coming from a remote part of the Great Smokey Mountains in east Tennessee, she had never been to a big city like that before.

So as soon as they got settled in their hotel room and freshened up from their travels, they decided to hit the town and explore New York City:

“The first time I was ever here, I guess it was in the late 60’s, early 70’s, and I had just started making a name in country music.

So of course, all the country girls wanna go to the city, so my girlfriend Judy Ogle and I, we thought, well we’ll just go to New York. 

So we came up here, we didn’t have any money at that time, I was just beginning to make it.”

But when they got back, they were in for a really bad surprise…

“And so we checked in a hotel, and we’ve been friends since we were little, so we just got one room, and of course, I looked cheaper then than I even do now… and Judy didn’t look any better!

So we check into this hotel and they thought we were hookers.”

While they were out exploring, the hotel had taken all their luggage out in put it in the hallway, because she says the staff thought they “were turning trucks up there”:

“And so we went out lookin’ around in the city and we come back to our room and they had our luggage out in the hall, and they had us locked out, ‘cuz they thought we were turning tricks up there.

They threw us out!”

Some hotel in New York City seriously threw Dolly Parton out on the streets… absolutely unbelievable.

I guess maybe they weren’t used to all the big hair and overdone makeup of a backwoods southern girl or something, but how funny is it to hear her talk about the whole situation now?

At least the hotel let Dolly and Judy leave their luggage in the lobby while they figured out what they were gonna do next:

“And then we were waiting to get, we didn’t have reservations back home, so we had our stuff, we asked if we could please at least it in the lobby.”

I mean, I know she might’ve looked a little different than most people that live in New York City, but a prostitute? C’mon, y’all…

Dolly of course took the high road and didn’t mention the hotel she was talking about, but it’s a great story nonetheless and you can always count on her for a good laugh:

A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock