Friends and co-workers told The Journal News that 22-year-old Dayna Morales has a history of telling outrageous lies. Morales, who works at the Gallop Asian Bistro in Bridgewater, NJ, received an outpouring of support (both emotional and financial) after she posted a receipt on Facebook showing no tip and a handwritten note reading, “I do not agree with your lifestyle and how you live your life.”
After making the rounds of New York news studios, the publicity became so great the family who she waited on finally recognized the name on the receipt and called foul, saying the receipt had been doctored. They also showed NBC New York copies of their credit card statement and their copy of the tip showing a sizable tip and no anti-gay note.
Now, her friends and co-workers are saying they have caught Morales in multiple lies. Morales once told fellow employees at Gallop that she shaved her head because she had brain cancer, only to later change her story and say it was her friend that was sick, they remembered.
“Every story she comes up with has a lie,” 23-year-old Julie Howat told the paper. “Any tragedy that happened, she had to be a part of it.”
Another time, the former Stony Point resident reportedly told co-workers at a daycare center that Superstorm Sandy sent a boat crashing through the wall of her home and into the living room. When one of the co-workers dropped by to check on her, there was only minor damage done to the carpet near the front door.
Friends also claim that Morales, who is a former Marine, would tell the story of an explosion in Afghanistan that killed everyone in her platoon except her. She said the explosion injured her back so badly that she needed surgery, and took months off of work to recover. During that time, her friends say, she went to Florida with a girlfriend and even posted pictures of the trip on Facebook.
While a Marines spokesman did confirm to The Journal News that Morales did serve, he couldn’t find any record of combat service in Iraq or Afghanistan.
“It’s a disgusting thing to do,” said the diner who claims he signed the notorious receipt. “The restaurant profits from this, obviously Dayna is profiting from this, and it’s fraud, it’s a scam.”
Gallop Asian Fusion is investigating the story and Morales has her job.